We plan to plant and water with an irrigation system for at least 2 years 3,000 native trees in the Hills of Renca. This project is part of the design of the new North-Western Metropolitan Park, which is home to some of the most vulnerable and compromised communities of Santiago de Chile. This future park will benefit more than 1.5 million inhabitants, recovering 207 hectares of currently degraded land and transforming it into a space that will bring life and a breath of fresh air to thousands.
Santiago has on average 3.6 meters of accessible green area per inhabitant whilst the WHO recommends there to be between 9 and 11 meters per inhabitant. As well as being far from the standard, the distribution of the green areas is also very unequal, with 32% of the green areas concentrated in the 4 districts with highest income and the 4 lowest income districts only having 4%. This new North-Western park will benefit the 7 neighbouring districts enabling more than 1,155,000 people to access it.
The solution is to plant and maintain with irrigation for at least two dry seasons 3,000 native trees in the Renca Hills, that will create a new 4 hectare urban woodland that will help regenerate the soil, infiltrate the rain water, reduce the pollution, be a habitat for wildlife and form a park for more than 1.5 million people from vulnerable sectors of Santiago. The trees will be planted with communities from around the hills, to encourage a sense of belonging, use and protection of the park.
The long-term impact is to collaborate in the creation of a new 207 hectare urban park to be able to improve the quality of life of more than 1.5 million people who currently have limited green area access and higher poverty levels.This future park will bring multiple social and environmental benefits, will help recover the soils, increase the tree coverage, recover habitats for insects and birds and be a landmark in the advancement of environmental justice in the city of Santiago.