Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento.
Updated 21 April: Thanks to Stewart again for these photos showing how things have developed … the first one, he says, shows that they are demolishing an older building right across the street from the entrance to the parking which will make access easier, whether or not that’s the intention.
Updated 19 April 2019: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has announced that the car park under the new plaza has been opened today. The new public parking will be free, have 83 spaces, and be open between 8.30am and 2am.
Updated 23 December 2018: They weren’t fibbing! It’s open, and in time for Christmas. Thanks to Stewart for this final picture of the new plaza, which I’ve now set as the main photo above for the whole post. He says the parking still isn’t open, but the plaza is finished!
Updated 18 November: Another lovely photo of the nearly finished plaza, this one from Elizabeth Roe on Friday, who says “I was passing the square in Playa San Juan today and thought I would take a photo for your site. The barriers are still all up around but today is the first day I’ve passed and seen grass. I don’t know if you can see on the photo but there is some swings also now.” Many thanks to Elizabeth, and it really is looking in good shape now!
Updated 11 November: Thanks to Stewart, a great picture of the latest position in Playa San Juan’s plaza, and the news that restaurant owners say they have been told it will open in December.
Updated 7 October: Thanks again to Stewart, these are the latest images of the current state of the plaza in Playa San Juan. Please click the images to see full size.
Updated 22 june: Thanks once again to Stewart for this latest photo of the works.
Updated 8 January: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has confirmed that the works on the plaza are due to be completed in August barring any unforeseen eventualities. The council says that the new plaza will revitalize the historic centre of this town and provide much needed underground parking. Works on the town’s Cultural Centre are also expected to be completed towards the end of summer this year.
Updated 4 January 2018: Here’s the latest photo from Stewart who says that obviously the time of year has slowed progress a bit.
Updated 6 December 2017: The latest on the works from Stewart, who says “a little more done but it’s going slowly”.
Updated 17 November: Another couple of photos from Stewart, who is providing a brilliant diary of these works! Click the images to see full size.
Updated 6 October: Thanks again to Stewart, who says all rock breaking is now finished.
Updated 7 September: Thanks once again to Stewart for today’s images of the works in Playa San Juan’s plaza (click to see full size).
Updated 10 July: Thanks again to Stewart for the latest images of the works in Playa San Juan’s plaza (click to see full size).
Updated 14 June: Here are the latest photos of the works in Playa San Juan’s plaza, again many thanks to Stewart Kirby (please click to see full size):
Updated 15 May: Thanks to Stewart Kirby for these photos, which show the state of the plaza works as of 15 May. Stewart says that “as they seem to be putting in the footings it looks like they have gone for a car park with around 40 spaces”, Please click on the thumbnails to see full size.
Updated 2 February: I’m grateful to Stewart Kirby for the following photos showing the latest works as of today in Playa San Juan’s plaza.
Updated 25 January: I’ve been asked several times where the market is going to be in Playa San Juan, and I can now pass on the council’s information that from today it will be at the El Bufadero promenade next to Avenida de El Emigrante. It will operate the usual times of 8am to 1pm on Wednesdays.
Original post 10 January: There are some mixed feelings in the west coast town of Playa San Juan this week where works have just started on the renovation of the town’s central plaza, with new garden areas, a children’s play area, and underground parking. Mayor Pedro Martín says that the square is “the only one in the municipality which has not been renovated and its poor condition makes that all too evident”. Mayor Martín confirmed that the works have been in the pipeline for some time because the excavations for the underground car park make for an ambitious project.
For the mayor, the “lack of a suitable square was compounded by the serious parking problems in the town, two issues which will now be resolved with the new works”. Some locals, however, are viewing the development, including the demolition of the old church, with sad eyes. Municipal sources say, however, that the plans have been discussed with a whole range of local collectives and societies, as well as local businesses and, particularly, the Bishopric of Tenerife. The works are set to cost Guía de Isora nearly €2.5m, and one way or another, will transform the centre of the town over the course of the next year as the new plaza takes shape.