It took a while but Recife residents will finally be able to count on one more meeting spot along the Capibaribe river, this time downtown. The city government inaugurated the first step of the Estação Ecoturística Cais do Imperador (Imperial Pier Eco-touristic Station), in the neighborhood of Santo Antônio, after more than a year since the start of construction. Even though it’s not open to the public yet, the space was grabbing the attention of people passing by on Avenida Martins de Barros once the sidings surrounding it were removed.
Built in 1859 to receive the emperor Dom Pedro II, during his only visit to Pernambuco, the pier which tells part of the city’s history will be delivered with a completely new look. From the benches that were installed one can appreciate the view and the breeze from the Capibaribe. A small ampitheater with the capacity to fit around 100 people and illumination on the ground floor should incentivize use of the space for cultural presentations.
The arrival of Dom Pedro II, to the sound of canons, church bells, and fireworks. Around 50,000 people watched along the river.
Another novelty is a permanent exposition telling the history of the Espírito Santo church, the pier, the arrival of the emperor in Recife and the capital after the famous visit. There are four plaques with photos and texts in Portuguese and English. The construction cost R$900K and was financed with environmental compensation funds.
Of the almost 600 meter squared area, 130 are destined for a Deltaexpresso cafe-bar, administered by the Secretary of the Environment and Sustainability. The space’s biggest unique factor is the cafe’s ecological green roof.
All of this is just the first step of the project. The second, which foresees a place for boats to anchor, should start in early 2017. The third and final step, without a date for completion, is an elevated walkway connecting the station with Praça Dezessete. – Source (PT)