The Atlantic Park. Sport, wellness, environment, culture and social integration: these are the ingredients used by the city of Espinho to support the reuse of the former military heritage.
The city challenges / The city of Espinho has an urban regeneration program underway, as well as a program of Environmental and Territorial Enhancement and Qualification in the coastal area, which includes a set of natural assets, generating economic favours, with a special focus on tourism.
The main challenge of the city is therefore to work all these dimensions in a sustainable way trying to build synergies among its major assets to promote the economic development of the region. The main challenge of the city is therefore to work all these dimensions in a sustainable way trying to build synergies among its major assets to promote the economic development of the region.
One of the challenges of the city is the revitalization of the south zone of the city centre, which is part of the Atlântico Park area, bounded on the west by the Railroad Line, to the north by the Golf Course and to the south by the Paramos Lagoon, Barracks of Formal.
It is an area that covers a part of the territory belonging to the Natura Network and National Defense, and which comprises a set of natural values of high environmental value and landscape (Lagoa de Paramos, with its fauna and flora, endangered dune area which plays a crucial role in the prevention of coastal erosion, and two beaches awarded with the blue flag) that must be valued in an integrated and sustainable way, in order to promote the economic development of the county.
From the challenges to the re-use / The owned of the project area is splitted in several different entities which makes even harder to build a solution for area. For instance, the Ministry of Defence is in charge of the military facilities, the golf and airfield are run by local private clubs while the environmental assets are under the supervision of the National Environmental Authority.
This situation creates a governance problem for the city council as any future development of the area will have to be built over the consensus of all these players. This particular situation (different owners and players) highlighted the following challenges for the project area:
- Rehabilitation of abandoned military buildings
- Social inclusion of “Praia de Paramos” village
- Reuse of the Airfield
- Reduction of the coastal erosion
- Increase of the biodiversity in the area
The enhancement of this area of the southern sector of the city, known as Atlantic Park, represents one of the axes of the Municipality strategy, which aims at the promotion of Natural Values and Heritage, essential to improve environmental quality, territorial identity, and to reinforce the tourist attractiveness.
IAP Espinho exhibition posters / Download the PDF version (medium quality)
IAP Espinho exhibition posters / Download the PDF version (high quality)
IAP Espinho PowerPoint presentation / Download the PPT version
IAP Espinho – Atlantic Park / Download the PDF version