What borders Lima’s coast you would think are beautifully maintained parks and luxury condos, but past the tourist and upper-class friendly areas of Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro are piles of rubble, forgotten areas of Lima’s bay collecting dust and garbage. That vision may change as President Alan García Pérez is charging through with a plan to improve the qualities of Lima’s forgotten coast.
In a press conference held last Saturday, García plans to inject between S/.20 to S/.25 million Peruvian sols in reconstructing the bay to attract more investments and improve the lifestyles of the districts’ inhabitants. While looking over San Miguel’s coast, García noted that many “limeños” stand to benefit from the 17 kilometers (10 miles) of land to be used for recreational activities such as sports, maritime navigation and cultural festivities among others.
This is the grand showcase and grand project of Lima, said García. We have 11 kilometers of beaches but only utilize five.
Naturally, mayors of the city’s districts that aligned the Pacific Coast are coming out in support. Though Magdalena del Mar’s Mayor Francis Allison did not join García in last Saturday’s reunion, he fully supports García, putting politics aside.
I want to clear up that there are no political interests here, only the interest of the city to improve its zones that have great potential, Allison told reporters.
This Saturday, all the city’s mayors will get together with the president to discuss further technical plans on the development of Lima’s Coasta Verde, Allison revealed. The proposal will include the province of Callao, with plans to include Chorrillos and La Punta in the future. For now, new incentives are what’s ahead for mayors eager to lift this project off the ground.
Districts that align Lima’s coast from north to south are La Punta, La Perla, San Miguel, Magdalena del Mar, San Isidro, Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos.