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La Huerta opens to the world from the new Visitor Center of La Contraparada (09/10/2019)

This Saturday the visits of individuals and organized groups of different groups such as schools, Women's Centers, youth associations, etc. begin.

Jos Ballesta: "It is an innovative and avant-garde point of reference for the dissemination of the natural, cultural, landscape and historical legacy of the Huerta de Murcia and the Segura River".

The mayor of Murcia, Jos Ballesta, and the Councilor for Sustainable Development and Huerta, Antonio Navarro, today presented the programming of the new Visitor Center of La Contraparada, which becomes the first interactive museum of the river and the Huerta.

The property, located between the districts of Javal Nuevo and Javal Viejo, will begin on October 12 to receive the visit of individuals and organized groups of different associations such as schools, Women's Centers, youth associations, etc.

“It is an innovative and avant-garde point of reference for the dissemination of the natural, cultural, landscape and historical legacy of the Huerta de Murcia;

a must-see place in our municipality, which combines roots and wings, tradition and avant-garde, ”said Jos Ballesta.

It is endowed with the latest innovations and offers information on the evolution of the Huerta de Murcia and the Segura River, its history and traditions, crops, etc., as well as on the heritage wealth of La Contraparada, recognized as a Property of Cultural Interest and area of ​​special ecological value.

Guided visits and attention to groups

The Visitor Center will open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

and it will be attended by two informants who, in addition to meeting the demands of the visitors, will conduct guided visits during the opening days to all those groups that request it and that are formed by at least five people.

The Visitor Center of the Contraparada also has a schedule of attention to reserved groups that demand the visit previously and that will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at the most appropriate time for the requesting groups.

In order to be visited by as many people as possible, a Popular Visits Program will be held from the Visitor Center for associations of the municipality, Women's Centers, Senior Centers and other groups.

In them, in addition to the visit, an external tour will be carried out following the layout of the new marked local path.

The Visitor Center, whose adaptation and provision of equipment has cost 340,000 euros, houses an interactive museum of the Huerta distributed on two floors, which have incorporated different resources that take advantage of the potential of new technologies (videomapping, room of self-recording, touch screens, use of QR codes, multimedia guide for the interpretive path, etc.).

Several of the audiovisual resources are translated into sign language.

The large head park of 'Murcia Ro'

“La Huerta is a historical, cultural and ecological legacy of all Murcians that we, the current generation of Murcia, must keep,” said Jos Ballesta, who added that “the Center begins its journey in one of the most emblematic enclaves of the Huerta de Murcia, next to the dam of La Contraparada or Azud Mayor, which was built between the 9th and 10th centuries and continues to distribute Segura water throughout the Huerta de Murcia ”.

Precisely in this environment, the City Council plans to create a Parque de Cabecera del Segura, within the second phase of the 'Murcia Ro' transformation project, ”said Jos Ballesta, who added that“ from the City of Murcia, in collaboration with the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast (ANSE), we have already carried out the planting of more than 2,800 trees of native species, which has meant the withdrawal of more than 2,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere ”.

Ground floor: 'Ro y Huerta.

Origin and evolution'

The ground floor is intended for visitors reception space where they can learn about all aspects of the center, pick up a multimedia guide or download QR programs for mobile devices that help them complete the contents of the visit.

In addition, it has an audiovisual presentation (called 'The river that gives life') and a large multipurpose room.

In the access staircase to the first floor a large videowall has been installed that projects images of the river in motion.

Upper floor: Huertana identity

The upper floor has been projected as a large space with a unitary and pleasant atmosphere in which the contents are displayed in four main thematic areas.

The first area reflects the origin, history and evolution of the Segura River, the orchard and the Contraparada, a second area on crops and uses in the Murcia orchard, focusing on traditional agricultural techniques, local varieties, biodiversity in Crops, the main products of the Murcia garden and local cuisine.

A third axis dedicated to the identity and culture of Huerta, and a last one destined to the interpretation of the main ecological and environmental values ​​of La Contraparada and the Segura river.

Self-recording room: 'I am also Huerta'

In an annexed space, visitors will find the Self-Recording Room 'I am also Huerta', a place where they can tell their personal experiences related to the Garden.

A selection of these recordings can be viewed both on the web and in the Visitor Center itself, through an interactive application.

This resource seeks, on the one hand, to further identify visitors with the contents of the Center and, on the other, to provide a playful experience.

Multimedia technology

The museum project incorporates the use of QR codes to download videos and pdf documents, the generation of 360º content for viewing on VR devices and a multimedia guide for the interpretive path of La Contraparada.

These elements serve as a complement to the information contained in the panels.

It is noteworthy the recording of the multimedia and audiovisual guide 'The river that gives Life' in sign language, thus facilitating the accessibility of these resources to visitors with hearing impairment.

An interpretive walk in the outer zone

On the other hand, an external itinerary, almost 2km long, has been enabled, adapted for all visitors, which allows an interpretive walk through the area and provides historical and environmental information.

The itinerary, which has a circular layout, has directional and interpretive signage, which reveals to visitors what plant species are part of the riverside forests, which are the main bird species that we can observe along the route, where they are born the two major ditches of Murcia or what architectural elements shaped one of the most important hydraulic engineering works on the Segura River, among other contents.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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