Las Palmas has big plans for Ciudad Jardin or the Garden City. It wants the area to become a tourist attraction that gives people something to look at between the beach and port districts, and old town Vegueta and Triana.
The Garden City, with palm-lined streets, old detached houses, and more than a few Rationalist and Neo-Canarian gems, is one of Las Palmas’ prettiest areas. It began in the 1880s around the Anglican Chuch (the first building in the area). Nowadays, it’s a quiet and upmarket residential area.
Over 100 homes are listed, many by famous local Rationalist architect Miguel Martín-Fernández de la Torre.
Las Palmas city council plans to remove the pavements from almost all the streets in the area and restrict traffic to residents. Traffic will be rerouted out of the neighbourhood and onto existing busy streets such as Paseo de Madrid, Pío XII y León y Castillo.
Garden City residents have given a guarded welcome to the pedestrianisation plan. They welcome the idea in principle but want to have a say in how it is implemented in order to reduce inconvenience to a minimum. At least 100 chalets in the area don’t have private parking places.