'Hill to Sea Promenade' & Water Recycle Plant Antofagasta, chile

PROJECT OVERVIEW: The Hill to Sea Promenade in Antofagasta pilots a public private initiative with the objective of inspiring similar projects in Antofagasta, and its replication in other cities in the north of the country. Antofagasta is a linear coastal city that extends from the hills to the sea. More than 30 km long, it has an average width of 3 km. Private and public investment is concentrated in the lower part of the city. Density is highest in the most populated area is in the upper part, which also has the largest deficit of green areas and public space. There is only 0.2 sqm of green area per inhabitant, and connectivity with the waterfront is deficient. Hill to Sea Promenade will transform 40,000 sqm of public space along a 2.5 km axis. It will connect the upper zone with the coastal edge along a pedestrian way. The Paseo Cerro a Mar will provide a continuous, shady, safe and comfortable route from the hills to the ocean, prioritizing the pedestrian experience and generating a network of connected green areas. It will benefit a population of close to 24,000 inhabitants. The project emphasizes inclusive mobility, accessibility and sustainability. Water treatment is a key element of the project which includes an innovative cost saving irrigation system using recycled water.

CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-Going

BY: Creo Antofagasta

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: During the development of the project, we have worked hand in hand with the Neighborhood Boards of the eight directly impacted neighborhood units. Almost the entire leadership of these Neighborhood Councils is composed of women leaders at the local level, whom have been able to engage communities around their common demands and problems. The various initiatives in this project have been developed based on close work with these leaders. In turn they have been critical in maintaining the ongoing community engagement in these participatory processes.

PARTNERS: This project is the result of a public-private partnership, in which the sanitary company takes over the operation and maintenance of the plant, the government is responsible for the execution of public spaces and green spaces, and the municipality focuses on its subsequent maintenance. The private contribution in this pilot project will ensure 100% financing of the treatment plant, the impulsion facilities, and the distribution pipelines network along the entire axis. There are also private funds for the construction of the public square where the new plant will be located, a new public space that today is a vacant plot, which represents an old longing on the part of the community. Public resources are now being raised in stages for the construction of the walk itself, taking into consideration the paving of sidewalks, improvement of crosswalks, street furniture, lighting, trees and vegetation.