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The Business of Leisure and Free Time
This project aided in the construction of an adventure/leisure park to provide for the provinces of Lugo and Orense, where such facilities were missing. This contributed to boosting the local economy and stimulating cooperation among local actors.
The Spanish provinces of Lugo and Orense, in Galicia, had a shortage of recreational parks. This meant the creation of an adventure leisure park was an attractive prospect, particularly among the region’s younger population. It was also thought that while improving available leisure services for the local population a leisure park would also stimulate social activity and result in positive development of the local economy.
The main objective of this LEADER project was to provide the population with purpose-built recreational facilities and, through a specialist multi-adventure company, to offer services, which instead of providing conventional sporting activities would allow for outdoor action and adventure type sports. Wider objectives of this project were to improve the quality of living of the residents in the two regions and to increase diversification of the rural economy.
The main activity of the project was the creation of facilities capable of offering various activities. The activities include: canoeing, paintballing, karting, climbing, rappelling, speleology, and zip lining. As well as the activities themselves an infrastructure in the form of restaurants and accommodation facilities to accommodate the visitors was also created.
Results & Benefits
The project has created leisure facilities in the region, which offer local people and tourists an opportunity to practice a wide range of sports. The park has also stimulated cooperation between the company, which runs the park’s activities and other local companies as cultural events have been organised in collaboration with local people. The presence of the park has also contributed to diversifying the local economy with the development of a network of restaurants and accommodation facilities
The main problem encountered by the developer and the LAG in the execution of the project was the enormous administrative burden as several different public administrative bodies had to be dealt with. The lesson learnt therefore is that this element of any such initiative must be fully provided for both in terms of the allocation of the necessary human resources as well as allowing sufficient time to obtain all the necessary approvals etc.
Project location and other information
Seoane - Montforte de Lemos - Lugo
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GDR Ribeira Sacra: Martín Alemparte, Promotor: Juan Francisco Rodriguez
+34 982424261, +34 666728956
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At a glance
Final beneficiary type
Non-farm or non-forest entreprises
€100 000 - €500 000
Theme / Measure:
Implementing the LEADER Approach
Implementing local development strategies
413. Quality of life/diversification
Quality of life, Rural tourism, Sport, Leader, Entrepreneurship