After an investment in the amount of 148.575 Euros, the Madrid City Council completed the rehabilitation of El Retiro Park’s Monkey Pit, a historic and emblematic space that was home to baboons for nearly a century.
Borja Carabante, the delegate for Urban Planning, Environment and Mobility, was accompanied on Monday by Jose Antonio Martinez Paramo, the delegate councilor of Cleaning and Green Zones, to inspect the results of the rehab works, which lasted one month. And a half.
The City Council is committed to conserving, maintaining, and recovering the unique areas within the Retiro Park. This asset is of great cultural value, as it welcomes over 100,000 visitors every day. We want to ensure that the park is maintained in a way that will serve as both a lung of greenery, as well as one of culture.
In 1972, the Menagerie closed, and the moat was moved to the Casa de Campo Zoo. The City Council stated in a press release that the moat has remained in El Retiro since then as “decorative displays” in order to remind people that the moat was once “part of this iconic zoo, and that it will continue to be part collective memory for the citizens of Madrid.”
These works began on 16 August and consisted in a complete intervention for the repair of the damaged plastering on the walls, floors and signs, as well as the removal of protective paint and oxidation on decorative figures and signs.
According to the City Council, the restoration was “completely respectful” of the historical building materials. In order to achieve this goal, the original materials and construction methods have been utilized.
The paint was also restored on walls with an breathable paint that is suited to historical conditions. This allows the wall surface to breathe and does not hold moisture. This action was extended to include signs, decorative figures and doors.
The City Council announced the option of group tours by appointment so that residents can witness the results of the renovation up-close.
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