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Who Thought of it First? San Salvador’s Cultural Park in Debate

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The creation of a cultural recreation park in the San Jacinto has become the dispute between the central government and the two main candidates for mayor of San Salvador.

The discord comes to light with the central government’s proposal to create a cultural resort in San Jacinto, which will be located 1.2 kilometers from the center of San Salvador and which seeks to unify around 70 acres of land and involving the former House Presidential (CAPRA), the Military Museum (ex Zapote Barracks), the zoo, the National Velodrome, the Circle Student Sports and parks.

Original Article Text From La Prensa Graphica via Google Translate :

Quijano, Handal and Government Disputed by San Jacinto

The creation of a cultural recreation park in the San Jacinto has become the dispute between the central government and the two main candidates for mayor of San Salvador: FMLN and ARENA.

Norman Quijano, City Mayor, who is seeking re-election, says the project is in the city plan administration. Shafik Handal Jorge, FMLN candidate, said the plan stems from its platform of municipal government.

The discord comes to light with the central government’s proposal to create a cultural resort in San Jacinto, which will be located 1.2 kilometers from the center of San Salvador and which seeks to unify around 70 acres of land and involving the former House Presidential (CAPRA), the Military Museum (ex Zapote Barracks), the zoo, the National Velodrome, the Circle Student Sports and parks.

“The idea is to also involve some colonies, changing the face of the municipality and that a living space, allowing recreation and culture, because in addition to the media library there will be cultural and other commercial establishments,” said Guillermo Galvan, secretary of territorial development.
A similar project proposed by the executive was recently presented by the FMLN candidate Shafik Handal, as part of government proposals to modernize the hub of the capital. “If we make an integration of the planning area, because we are not going to change it, but to integrate, the family can get there to have fun for young children, youth, cultural, leisure, shopping areas and recreation, “said FMLN mayoral candidate.

The difference, according Galván, is that the project is designed. “It is done this plan, we have the design of the first phase, which is to open the street that is between the former Capra and Zapote, make pedestrian, integrate, open a museum in Capra. And we begin in January (2012), starting in January and connect the entire proposal to the historic center, “explained the secretary.

In addition, list other works that will be part of the recovery of the historic center, such as establishing bikeways and pedestrian space between the historic center and the San Jacinto complex and create a transport system similar to that predicted from Resume to Santa Tecla, but Resume to St. Mark and that has a major transport station near the park in San Jacinto.

However, Norman Quijano, sandpit City Mayor, who is seeking reelection, the idea that agencies like the Government and Handal own “not new” as it is a proposal for municipal management. Quijano also indicated that it was the Ministry of Culture of the Government which has slowed the continuity of the project from the municipality that seeks to rescue the tourist route of the parks, including the zoo and Saburo Hirao.

As explained by Carolina Ramirez, director of municipal development in San Salvador, the city has already invested $ 2,700,000 in the 5th district, an area that involves San Jacinto, as part of site restoration, including the construction of the monument to the elephant Manyula in Minerva colony.

Who is the Idea?
The relationship between the Executive’s proposal to the FMLN’s Handal was listed by “pure coincidence”, but the project is reflected in the City Plan, which ran Violeta Menjivar, San Salvador exalcaldesa by the FMLN. “Let me come to that reached agreement, no, I, I can make our vision of a city, town plan in 2008. So where did the idea now assumed by the Government: applause, but that’s our vision. There is no agreement, only coincidences, “he argued Handal, who agreed that if the Executive executes it undoubtedly benefit her campaign.

“If the government is going to do and we have the decision leaves us easier, less individual costs and lowers cost sharing things and can better locate, and unified action,” he said.

Ramirez, in defense of the current mayor, said the project is approved since May 2009 in the city plan promoted by the administration of Norman Quijano.

The capital’s municipal chief explained that the idea emerged during the presidential term of the sandbox Francisco Flores, president of the Republic 1999-2004. “It (the project) is a necessity that comes from the president Francisco Flores (ARENA) and I will return”, said the head of the commune. “Unfortunately it is not the capacity to provide that adorns some candidates,” Quijano said, referring to the proposal Shafik Handal.

Follow the Lawsuit
Because of the conflict that was generated between the current mayor of San Salvador and the Government on the management of the historic center, Galvan told La Prensa Grafica that have a new housing strategy for the recovery of the capital.

“This has to do with generating historic building in the center, other housing complexes, half-height. Is to arrange things differently and re-living the old town, but this requires further safety and that all buildings that existed before and are now unemployed take advantage, “said Galvan.

But Ramirez says that this project also is an initiative of the mayor. “That also is in the strategic plan and the city plan. There is nothing new that is telling Mr. Handal, and Galvan, both being copied. Moreover, I have given our plan to the Secretary Galvan, “said the director of municipal development.”

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