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Starting in October 2013, the City Council plans to close part of the park and start charging admission to visit it. Those of us at the "Plataforma Defensem el Park Güell" want an open park and we oppose any type of restrictions and privatization of one of the most vibrantareas in the north of Barcelona. Please collaborate with us by signing. Help us to stop the Park Güell from being privatized.

Last February 13th the city was given the go-ahead for a project to privatize the Park Güell: from October 2013 it will cost most visitors a minimum of 7 to 8 euros to enter the park. In addition, the Council announced they would implement an "access system" that will discriminate against those townsfolk who do not reside in one of the seven neighborhoods that are adjacent to the park or who live elsewhere in the metropolitan area. So, some people will have a card allowing them to circulate freely at any time while everyone else (tourists or locals) who wants to visit the park will have to compete for one of the 100 free tickets that will be made
available hourly.

These measures are being implemented for the economic exploitation of the park, not to conserve it. Closing off its landmark area will not solve the problems related to its deterioration (no plans guaranteeing its economic sustainability under private management have been submitted) or overcrowding (there will be more people in a smaller space). At present, the Park Güell is economically self-sufficient (its expenses are covered by two cafés, a museum and a souvenir shop). Closing the Park Güell would create a precedent for privatizing an open green area that was originally intended for public use and the enjoyment of all the citizens.

At the "Plataforma Defensem el Park Güell" we insist that there are other ways to handle the deterioration (through the tourist tax which the city has already imposed) and overcrowding (by making arrangements for tour buses to visit in shifts) of the park that would allow this space, which belongs to all of Barcelona's residents, to continue to be enjoyed.

Please help us achieve this. Please sign this petition and spread the word saying "NO" to the Barcelona City Council: we want access to the Park Güell to keep on being free and open to all.

Letter to
Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias
The Park Güell, one of the most famous works by the architect Antonio Gaudi and an icon of the city, was given to the city to be used as a park in 1922 by the Güell family. It is renowned for its modernist architecture and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984. The Park Güell is one of the city's largest urban green spaces and is a place of leisure for many of the townsfolk who go there for a stroll, some exercise and a breath of fresh air.

It not only forms part of the memory and remembrances of many of the city's residents, Cortazar, Kapuściński, García Márquez and others too, strolled around it and made it immortal: they were able to visit a park that was free and belonged to all.

The park was deliberately allowed to deteriorate over the last decade through cuts in its maintenance budget. The current crop of politicians who are advocating its closure, assert that the park is currently losing money and that the only option is for it to be transferred into private management. Various neighborhood associations have shown this to be false and how
the data is being manipulated.

At present, the Park Güell is economically self-sufficient (its expenses are covered by two cafés, a museum and a souvenir shop). Closing off its landmark area will not solve the problems related to its deterioration (no plans guaranteeing its economic sustainability under private management
have been submitted) or overcrowding (there will be more people in a smaller space) and responds instead to policies seeking to turn the city into a tourist destination that go beyond the park.

At the "Plataforma Defensem el Park Güell" we insist that there are other ways to handle the deterioration (through the tourist tax which the city has already imposed) and overcrowding (by making arrangements for tour buses to visit in shifts).

At the "Plataforma Defensem el Park Güell" we also wish to avoid discrimination against townspeople who do not reside in one of the seven neighborhoods that are adjacent to the park or who live elsewhere in the metropolitan area. Whereas some people will have a card that will allow them to circulate freely at any time, everyone else (tourists or locals) who wishes to visit the park will have to compete for one of the 100 free tickets that will be made available hourly.

The PARK GÜELL is a work of art, it is part of the cultural heritage of everyone who resides in Barcelona, whether or not they are tourists. Don't close it.