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Icod de los Vinos laments state of famous dragon tree park 


Icod de los Vinos council is working on an urgent action plan after lamenting the state of some aspects of the famous Parque del Drago.

The government group says it is very disappointed at its “abandonment” and is blaming the previous administration for lack of maintenance and updates.

Architectural barriers, broken bathrooms and signage of plants on the botanical route are the main problems.

Councillors say it is an emblematic botanical area that needs to improve its image if it is to turn into one of the main ethnographic attractions of the municipality and Tenerife.

They say the park is currently in a state of “oblivion and ostracism” with problems for access for parents with prams, older people and those with limited mobility. In addition, the toilets are in a poor state with damage to the ceilings and fittings.

These will be the main items to tackle with urgenty but the council also intends to look at the identification of the native plants which have become lost or muddled up.

Meetings are currently taking place with the various administrations and it is hoped to start work as soon as possible.

“For the government group, it is a situation of total and absolute abandonment that does not project a good image of the municipality, so it is necessary to rethink a facelift that allows the Parque del Drago to once again become a focus of tourist attraction and a pride for the Icodians,” says the council.

At the centre of the park is the old dragon tree which this year celebrates the centenary of its appointment as a national monument. The council says the historic tree deserves much better surroundings.

The park, which has been open for more than 20 years, is entrusted to the company of Icod town hall, and the management of the Drago tree is also the council’s responsibility.

“Although the lack of investment has been a problem in recent years, the local government is already working with the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo to solve a situation that has become a priority for the new leaders of the Icod council,” the council added.