Madrid to reopen some (but not all) city parks and pedestrianize streets to alleviate crowds

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Madrid to reopen some (but not all) city parks and pedestrianize streets to alleviate crowds

It is a policy that has baffled city residents forced to negotiate social distancing through crowded streets while on their sanctioned daily walks.


City parks and green spaces have been closed off to the public not just during lockdown but even since restrictions were loosened to allow people to leave the homes and exercise in the open air.

But from Friday Madrid authorities will reopen certain neighbourhood city parks to the public as a way to alleviate crowded squares and sidewalks.

Madrid City Hall announced on Thursday that neighbouhood parks apart from the 19 listed below would open from Friday and maintain usual opening hours. However, children's playgrounds would remain closed.

And they even plan to pedestrianize 19km of streets in the city at weekends from 8am to 10pm.

However, 19 of the city’s largest parks including Retiro, Casa de Campo and the Madrid Rio will remain closed for the time being.

This is the list of the parks that will remain closed:

-  Retiro

- Fuente del Berro

- Capricho

- Quinta los Molinos

- Sabatini

- Torres Arias

- Juan Carlos I

- Juan Pablo II

- Viveros Casa Campo

- Viveros Estufas

- Rosaleda

- Valdebebas

- Finca Tres Cantos

- Oeste

- Oriente

- Dehesa de la Villa

- Madrid Río

- Casa Campo

- Lineal del Manzanares


And this is a map of all those streets that will be closed to traffic at the weekend to provide people with more space to walk while keeping a distance from each other.

Map published by Área de Desarrollo Urbano, Madrid City Hall.

Here is a list of the streets by district:


  • Plaza de Cascorro, 672 m
  • Calle Mayor (Bailén - Sol), 795 m
  • Paseo del Prado (Carlos V - Cibeles), 986 m
  • Calle Fuencarral (Quevedo - Bilbao), 455 m


  • Paseo Imperial (plaza de Francisco Morano - Ronda de Segovia), 705 m


  • Menéndez Pelayo (calle O’Donnell – calle Mariano de Cavia), 1.620 m


  • Calle Goya (calle Alcalá – calle Doctor Esquerdo), 575 m
  • Paseo de la Castellana (calle Goya - glorieta Emilio Castelar), 1.000 m


  • Calle Santander (calle Islas Filipinas - calle San Francisco de Sales), 405 m
  • Calle Bravo Murillo (calle Ríos Rosas - calle Cea Bermúdez), 369 m


  • Paseo de la Castellana (calle Concha Espina - plaza de Cuzco), 656 m


  • Avda. Asturias (Vía Límite - plaza Castilla), 1.050 m


  • Calle López de Hoyos (carretera Canillas - Gran Vía de Hortaleza), 464 m


  • Plaza de Hermanos Falcó y Álvarez (plaza Mayor de Barajas), 226 m


  • Vía Carpetana (calle Caramuel - 15 de Mayo), 558 m
  • Calle Valmojado (calle Seseña - calle Maqueda), 1.260 m



Puente de Vallecas

  • Calle Candilejas (calle Diligencia - calle Javier de Miguel), 525 m

San Blas-Canillejas

  • Avda. Arcentales (calle Miguel Yuste - avda. Institución Libre de Enseñanza), 1.060 m


  • Calle Fuente Carrantona (calle Hacienda de Pavones - calle Arroyo Fontarrón), 608 m


  • Paseo de los Artilleros (calle Vicalvarada - calle San Cipriano), 535 m


  • Paseo Alberto Palacios (plaza de Ágata - calle Oasis), 335 m

Ciudad Lineal

  • Calle Arturo Soria (calle Josefa Valcárcel - calle Alcalá), 1.490 m
  • Calle Francisco Largo Caballero (avda. Daroca - avda. Institución Libre de Enseñanza), 862 m

Villa de Vallecas

  • Calle Sierra Gorda (calle Gavia Seca - calle Enrique García Álvarez), 305 m


  • Calle Manuel Noya (calle Marcelo Usera - calle San Nicomedes), 306 m

Fuencarral-El Pardo

  • Avda. Monforte de Lemos (avda. Betanzos - calle Ginzo de Limia), 654 m


  • Calle Quintana (calle Princesa - avda. Pintor Rosales), 425 m


  • Calle Antonio Antoraz (completa), 188 m
  • Calle Laguna (calle Oca - Vía Carpetana), 365 m




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Anonymous 2020/05/08 02:40
Stephane doerksen, this is good news!

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