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Final stretch of the first phase of the conditioning works around the Aqueduct (17/06/2020)

| Work is being done to consolidate the Roman archaeological remains found | The works of the first phase of conditioning the surroundings of the Ferris Wheel, the Aqueduct and the Museum of the Huerta have entered their final phase.

Currently, work is being done on the construction of the open-air amphitheater stands, which will have as background the arches of the Aqueduct. In addition, the City Council has already purchased the games in the large children's entertainment area and the management of the bar-restaurant that will be located in the park has been put out to tender, and the deadline for submitting offers ends on June 24. The Mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, announced that "work is being done to consolidate the Roman archaeological remains that have been found in the area, and that it appears to be an agricultural settlement." Excavations began at the end of last year, although the Roman archaeological site, called "Huerto de las Canales", has been documented since 1992. In the remains, various hydraulic and tillage structures have been excavated from the "pars rustic" of a Roman villa from the 1st to 3rd centuries AD, among which stand out settling basins made of "opus signinum" and a large swimming pool lined with same material, of still uncertain functionality, but related to the agricultural exploitation of the environment.

What appears to be an underground silo has also been discovered, yet to be excavated.

Among the archaeological materials, the discovery of almost half a dozen coins from different periods stands out, as well as abundant amphora fragments, fine tableware of the Terra Sigillata Itálica, Subgálica and Clara A type, which are the ones that provide the date. Second phase of the works The City Council has recently applied to the Autonomous Community for a grant from the Works and Services Plan to carry out the second phase of these works, which involves the construction of green areas and leisure spaces in the area that is closest to the Municipal Library. The archaeologist in charge of the project, Juan Antonio Ramírez, has studied the conduction that takes the waters of the aqueduct from its southern abutment to the siphon where they enter under the urban area of ??Alcantarilla, and various phases of overlapping ditches have been found, from the oldest earth, to other brick intermediate, the calcareous stone channel of 1890, and the concrete pipe of 1961, recently removed for its replacement by a conduction more in accordance with the monument.

This second phase incorporates the replacement of said conduction, and the replacement of the canal of the last section of the aqueduct. Natural pavement will also be built around the arches.

This phase has a budget of 266,200 euros, of which 249,300 have been requested from the Works and Services Plan and the rest will be contributed by the City Council. Great historical and leisure space The conditioning of the environment of the Ferris wheel, the Aqueduct and the Museum of the Huerta contemplates the remodeling of 25,000 square meters, the construction of an outdoor amphitheater for performing arts, music and other activities, with capacity for about 500 people, an area of children's integration games on an area of ??about 1,000 square meters, a Skate park for skateboard lovers, and a 'Street Workout' area for calisthenics training.

In addition, there will be a dog park of more than 1,200 square meters with 'agility' elements and a kiosk-bar with a terrace.

Likewise, led lighting will be installed throughout the park, new urban furniture and the tree plantation will be increased.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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