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The revitalisation of Manzanares River in Madrid

The Madrid Río revitalisation project began from 2004 to 2011 when Manzanares River became the integral part of the city centre. This was an ambitious plan that resulted in the creation of more than 10 kilometres of parkland. Today, the green river bank of Manzanares offers unique recreational facilities and a higher quality of life. 

The 10 km green space is ideal for walking, cycling, and enjoying many other activities. For Madrid, it is also incorporating the city centre with the great green lung of Casa de Campo, adding value to its monumental features that were previously lost in car traffic. 

The long tree-lined promenade called Salón de Pinos, is the centre-piece of the whole park and various landscaped areas have been created such as the Puente de Segovia and Toledo. When you reach the Huerta de la Partida, you will see many similarities with Casa de Campo. Designed as large and diverse ecological park, it has led to the planting of nearly 34,000 trees, 470,000 shrubs and more than 200,000 square metres of grassland.

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Madrid Río regeneration project has contributed to the renovation of historical monuments such as Puente del Rey, and keeping the Puerta del Rey in its original place. The shrine of the Virgen del Puerto, designed by Pedro de Ribera in the eighteenth century can also be seen here. Puente de Segovia, the oldest in the city from the sixteenth century, and Puente de Toledo, built in the seventeenth century, are open to public, with imposing landscapes that adorn their presence.

The former slaughterhouse, Matadero, has also been thoroughly restored and converted to an arts centre with an area of nearly 150,000 square metres. This building has provided the opportunity to experiment with the capital city's architecture with flexible industrial materials that go hand in hand with its character. 

The main purpose of the project was to join both sides of the river from the historical Puente de la Reina Victoria to the new bridges, based on pedestrian and cycling routes.

The Madrid Río project has even surpassed the frustration of a lack of beach in the capital. There is however, an artificial beach in the new Arganzuela Park at the request of youngsters. This waterpark consists of being almost 300 metres above the river's edge. You can escape the summer heat of the capital by enjoying the various water sports activities at this park.

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