The Loro Parque group have at last been granted the long awaited urban license necessary from them to begin canalisation works in the El Veril ravine, on the south of Gran Canaria, where they plan to build Europe’s biggest water park, which will be similar in theme at least to Siam Park, Tenerife.
The final approval of the town council, led by Mayor Marco Aurelio Pérez, comes just thirteen days after the Island Government, Cabildo of Gran Canaria, expedited the territorial qualification to undertake the work to channel the rainwater run off through the ravine, a procedure requested by Loro Parque founder Wolfgang Kiessling after doubts were expressed by the town council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the municipal town hall that administrates areas including Playa del Inglés & Maspalomas Costa Canaria.
“This is the beginning of this project,” said Loro Parque advisor Jose Carlos Francisco when he learned that the green light for works had finally been given. Despite being included in the Modernization Plan for this area of entry to Playa del Inglés and approved by the Canarian Government in 2015, the project has bneen mired in what has been called an administrative blockade, on which Francisco commented to Spanish daily La Provincia “The legislation on land is so confusing and contradictory that it prevents investments from moving forward.”
The canalisation works will take about three months, and was a necessary requirement for the company to be able to build the main water park development, for which they say they will present the basic project to request the construction license itself by the end of this month of July. A multi-story hotel was also authorised by the Canarian Government in 2015, and so is likely to be included in the project request to start work.
The 175,000 square meters of land for the project was purchased from the nobel heirs of the Del Castillo family three years ago. The new water park is expected to have many different attractions to the first Siam Park on Tenerife, but will “keep the Thai theme and the spirit of adventure and fun for the whole family” with the developers having promised several surprises “they are going to delight both the residents and the tourists that visit the Island”.
So far, Loro Parque is reported to have spent €10 million on the Siam Park Gran Canaria project and expects to open the park in two or three years, employing about 600 people. The construction of the water park on the South of Gran Canaria is an investment of €60 million, to which will be added the estimated €40 million necessary to build the planned four-star hotel, bringing this project to a total investment of at least €100 million.
Source: La Provincia