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Panama opens parking lot beneath public park

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Unfinished park tops parking lot

PANAMA’S  first public underground parking lot, located beneath what will become a recreational green space was officially opened on Saturday, August 12 by city mayor José Isabel Blandón.

Blandón said that although the rain has not allowed the park to be 100% ready, as planned, the parking spaces can be used.

The new structure; a welcome step towards easing traffic congestion in the area, is under the Francisco Arias Paredes Park, that will also have shops, restaurants and recreation areas, where green space will merge with the city.

The $13.3  million project will be financed with the fees paid by users. Francisco Arias Paredes Park is located in front of the El Hatillo building and was conceived as a cultural plaza for family  use  It was built by Estacionamientos Unidos, which has a 20-year operating  concession for the parking lots .

Blandón told La Estrella de Panamá that all parking on the roads, around the park, will  be metered The maximum charge per minute In the underground lot, will be  four cents.

According to  data from the Transport Authority (ATTT), The number of  vehicles  in the provinces of Panama and Panama West is 925,143, some  75.7% of the national total, followed by Chiriquí with 119,174 (9.7%) and Colon with 46,652 (3.8%.)

Panama’s silver seagull award winning  Afrodisiac Group, Samy and Sandra Sandoval, and the  Kshamba Orchestra,  provided a five hour celebration concert to mark the opening.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/panama-opens-parking-lot-beneath-public-park

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City underground parking starts off free

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Underground facility 95% complete

PANAMA’S  new underground public parking lots below Francisco Arias Paredes Park will initially be free of charge, and when fully operational will cost three cents a minute says City Mayor, Jose Isobel Blandon.

The project, which is 95 percent complete, was inaugurated on Saturday, Aug 12 and will operate as a private concession for 20 years. The company will recover its investment from the collection of fees and from commercial activities in the park.

There are two levels of parking and over  400 spaces for cars.

The final charge for their use  will be announced by the concessionaire and could rise to four cents a minute.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/city-underground-parking-starts-off-free

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Goodbye to good care hustlers

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bien cuidao renting out city streets

PANAMA City Mayor  Jose Isobel Blandón told TVN 2 on Wednesday, August  16,  that he is still  working on ridding  Panama  of bien cuidaos  (the annoying hustlers  who rent out gaps between cars parked on city streets with a promise to keep an eye on them). He said that they have discovered that constant vigilance is required to control the situation.

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Mayor Blandon

A pilot plan to retrain those who plagued Casco Viejo still has some working in the Mayor’s Office , others in private companies, but others have resurfaced in the old city

There were also cases of some who “did not understand that it was a job and thought that it was a botella [a paid post with no work attached] and they were dismissed,” said Blandon.

Others still working the streets were fined. Those who did not pay the fine were shipped to the Tinajitas  lock up

Blandin reiterated that the  bien cuidao trade ” is illegal and said that starting in October,  a video surveillance system will be in place

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/mayor-promises-goodbye-parking-hustlers

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