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Ice rink for Santa cruz

Posted by dolly diver on December 17, 2010
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An ice rink, measuring 20m X 30m near the Plaza de España in Santa cruz has recently opened its doors to the public.

It is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Ticket prices are adults Euros 5, children Euros 4 and Euros 3.50 per person in groups of 12 or more.

The ticket price is for 1 hour of skating and includes skate hire. There is also a locker room.

The rink is inside a 7.5m tent and will hold 120 people at a time. Monitors and medical staff are employed full time.

Possible jail sentence for breaking speed limit

Posted by dolly diver on August 29, 2008
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A Tenerife youth may be the first to be jailed under the new tougher traffic laws.

The 22-year-old was caught by a radar trap on a Santa Cruz dual carriageway, driving his VW Golf at 170 km/h, more than 90 km/h above the speed limit.

He was tracked on traffic cameras and arrested minutes afterwards as he parked his car near the Auditorium. Under the new law, speeds in excess of 60km/h in built-up areas and 70 km/h on main roads, including motorways, automatically entail a 3-6 month prison sentence for the offender.

Teenagers cool off in the new lake – Santa Cruz

Posted by dolly diver on August 19, 2008
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The popular new artificial lake, the centrepiece of the recently-inaugurated Plaza de España in the centre of Santa Cruz, has brought huge headaches for the local authorities. The lake, which fills with seawater every six hours when the tide comes in, has been used as an improvised swimming pool by hundreds of youngsters escaping the summer heat.

Police were met with stiff opposition when they tried to evict them, and ended up with a direct challenge on their hands when they were asked to produce the legislation banning swimming in the lake.
It only took a few days for the Cabildo, which is located just yards away, to announce that swimming was not allowed in the lake.

The corporation’s president Ricardo Melchior is adamant that the new attraction should not be used as a pool, although he does acknowledge that the occasional dipping of feet to cool off is acceptable. “I have never seen in European cities like Vienna locals donning their swimsuits to swim in a big fountain. The lake here was built for a different purpose, not swimming,” he insisted, although stressing that responsibility for ensuring it is used properly lies with the city council.

Plaza de España exhibition

Posted by dolly diver on July 29, 2008
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under Plaza EspanaAn exhibition, opening for guided visits from September has been completed underneath the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz.

During excavations for the new main square a section of wall was revealed which turned out to belong to a medieval fortification, the Castle of San Cristobal. It was this castle that gave the name to the popular Calle Castillo main street.
Work on the new square was halted until new plans could be drawn up which would preserve the fragment of the castle.

A series of panels in the underground passages show the history of the castle and the town from 1575 to its semi-demolition and burial in 1928. At the end of the passage visitors can see a 40 metre stretch of the wall.

Santa Cruz council has wheel initiative

Posted by dolly diver on July 14, 2008
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bikes for hire in Santa Cruz

To encourage people to explore the capital on wheels Santa Cruz council has launched a new bike hire service.

The scheme was unveiled at the García Sanabria Park by Mayor Miguel Zerolo and his deputy Ángel Llanos where the pool of 16 bicycles and four tandems will be based for the next 12 months.

The bikes can be hired for just one euro an hour and must be returned back to the Park. The hire service runs on Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The council hopes the service, which is being sponsored to the tune of 25,000 euros by a well known food company, will enable visitors to see a different side of the city, not just the pedestrian shopping streets and main buildings, and keep the tourists fit in the process.

Once again the Canary Islands host one of the most amazing events in the annual music calendar, the Canarias Jazz y Mas festival, sponsored by Heineken. Apart from the concerts at the Auditorio, the shows are free, so jot them down in your diary!
4 July 21.00 Puerto de La Cruz, Plaza de Europa – The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, Kike Perdomo, Ac&Funk
5 July 21.00 Puerto de La Cruz, Plaza de Europa – Lizz Wright, Nguyên Lê Quartet
6 July 21.00 La Laguna, Salón de Actos del I.E.S. La Laboral – “The Music of Ivan Lins”, featuring Ivan Lins with special guest Nnenna Freelon and guests Leonardo Amuedo, Marcelo Martins, Teo Lima, Marco Brito, and Nema Antunes
7 July 11:00 to 14:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Conservatorio Superior de Música – Seminars
21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Kyle Eastwood, Esperanza Spalding
8 July 11:00 to 14:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Conservatorio Superior de Música – Seminars
21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Spyro Gyra, Yul Ballesteros
9 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Toto Bona Lokua, Gerald Toto, Richard Bona & Lokua Kanza, and the Ramón Díaz Group
10 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – New York Voices, Polo Ortí Group
11 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife – Sala Sinfónica The Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Ray Parker Jr., Nick Sample, Nils Landgren and the Funk Unit. Co-organized with “Auditorio de Tenerife”
12 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife Sala Sinfónica – Madeleine Peyroux.
Co-organized with “Auditorio de Tenerife”
Tickets can be purchased for Auditorio events direct from the box office, or through CajaCanarias ticket sales at the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre.

Northern train

Posted by dolly diver on June 30, 2008
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Busi­ness owners in Icod are gathering support from town councils throughout the north of Tenerife to push for a planned railway to reach the old commer­cial town.

The regional government are planning to build a railway connecting Santa Cruz to Adeje, which will improve travelling to and from the capital to the tourist resorts of the south. The rail link will reduce traffic and mod­ernise the island’s trans­port network. The lines will then be extended to reach Los Realejos.

A railway tunnel between La Orotava and Güímar is also in the advanced planning stage. Icod’s business as­sociation, Aspymecod, is playing the victimised card and suggests that by be­ing excluded they are being treated as second class.

For the future progress of Tenerife’s northwest it is concidered that their inclu­sion in the railway network as absolutely imperative.

No doubt the councils further to the north feel the same and with more reason. Icod at least has a major bus sta­tion which acts as a hub for connections to many of the neighbouring towns and surroundings, whilst other towns are lucky to see one bus an hour.

Tenerife’s historic bull ring is under threat of being pulled down for a major redevelopment scheme.
The city council and the owners of the property have reached an agreement for the historic building and the surrounding land.

Architects have been invited to submit ideas for the regeneration scheme in the next few weeks and the entries will be on display July 4th, 5th and 6th in the García Sanabria Park.

Residents will be able to vote for their favourite idea and their opinion will be taken into account when the judges meet to choose the winning project. The final decision will be announced on the 7th July. The ring may be partially or totally demolished or the whole of the facade could remain, it depends entirely on the ingenuity of the architects.

The demolition is opposed by traditionalists who have already mobilised to block plans on websites if the structure is not retained.

The old famous bull ring hasn’t been used for its original purpose for decades. Latterly it hosted the Carnival Queen competition until audiences and the Queens’ dresses became too large and in the 90s it held only the occasional concert and political rally.

Farewell to QE2

Posted by dolly diver on June 22, 2008
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The world’s most famous cruise ship has paid its last ever visit to Tenerife.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 arrived in Santa Cruz port on Friday morning for a 1-day stop and will be the focus of a special goodbye celebration organised by the local authorities.

The liner, which first visited Tenerife in 1969, has been sold by Cunard to a Dubai company which intends to convert it into a floating hotel. Passengers are to be met today by hostesses in typical Canarian dress and will be sent on their way at 10pm tonight with a firework display.
The cruise liner, which first visited the island on April 5th, 1969, will be handed over to its new owners in November, and, will become part of the Palm Jumeirah complex – the biggest artificial island in the world.

For many years the theme of carnival has caused controversy and this year is no different with the theme of Frankenstein.

The winning portrait depicts Frankenstein, one of the most famous fictitious monsters of all time, from the gothic novel by Mary Shelly and of course the now, “cult”, horror movies.

The work, of the artist Gonzalo Luís Fernández, and entitled ‘Monster Dancer’, was selected last week among other 103 submitted to the public tender convened in the capital of Tenerife.

The theme of Carnival in 2009 (the film from terror) invited artists to have free rein of their imagination and to the eccentricities of artist participants. The judgment of the jury was made public by the Municipality in a communiqué, and alongside the carnival portrait of one of the most famous monsters of all times-born in the literature, in the pen of Mary Shelley, and developed in the cinema.

All the posters are now exhibited to the public by the Society Municipal Development in Santa Cruz and it is hoped the carnival will continue to entice more visitors next year, therefore improving the local economy.