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File photo (Conselho Municipal de Maputo Facebook (File photo) / Maputo mayor David Simando visits the works at 'Jadrim do Centenário ' on September 23 this year
The refurbished Jardim do Centenário on Maputo’s Avenida Marginal was officially opened by Maputo mayor David Simango on Friday.
The president of Maputo Municipal Council of called on residents to make good use of the Centenary Garden, so that it should become and remain a tourist attraction.
Maputo’s new business and leisure space is the result of a partnership between the municipal council and the Recanto dos Lazeres company, a private Mozambican entity that will manage the garden under concession for 25 years.
In addition to the renovation of the garden, a two-storey building with restaurants, shops and services was built on site.
The new building, renamed “Recanto dos Lazeres”[Leisure Corner] , is part of an extensive project to reclassify the garden.
The facilities belong to the municipality of Maputo and will be managed under concession by a private Mozambican entity.
“The implementation of the project, which we now see, represents for both municipality and residents the end of the anxiety that lasted since 2009, at which time the City Council and Recanto dos Lazeres committed themselves to build this work,” he explained.
Simango stressed that the site is expected to become a benchmark of excellence in the city.
The representative of Recanto dos Lazeres, Fernando Pires, said that final adjustments are in progress for the start of the commercial establishments built on the site and that will be available for rent.
The new building is located in an area which for many years was used as a parking space for vehicles of citizens wishing to contemplate the waters of the Mozambique Channel on days of intense heat.
Works lasted about two and a half years and cost more than three million dollars.
Jardim do Centenário was inaugurated in 1986, when Maputo city commemorated its 100th anniversary.Source: Rádio Moçambique / Notícias