With a height of 90 meters and announced as “the new postcard of SP” by the state government, the giant wheel that will be installed in Parque Cândido Portinari, in the West Zone of São Paulo, was not received with the same enthusiasm by some residents of region. In social networks, there are those who claim the construction embargo and claim that the project will “take the lull” and bring “problems of crime”.
According to the State Secretariat for Infrastructure and the Environment, the ferris wheel will be the largest in Latin America and is part of the revitalization actions surrounding the Pinheiros River. After the necessary licensing at the São Paulo City Hall, the government expects to open the attraction by the end of 2021. Part of the tickets must be destined to the low-income population, the folder said.
Parque Cândido Portinari is adjacent to Villa-Lobos Park, and surrounded by upper middle class neighborhoods such as City Boaçava, Alto de Pinheiros and Vila Leopoldina.
In the group “Alto de Pinheiros wants peace”, on Facebook, the new attraction packed discussions. “How to act to stop the construction of a ferris wheel in Parque Villa-Lobos”, wrote one participant. “I didn’t like it either, it will be horrible and the frequency will get worse,” wrote another. “This device will disrupt our peaceful neighborhood, taking away our calm, in addition to bringing logistical and criminal problems”, criticized another member.
“How to stop the construction of a ferris wheel in Parque Villa-Lobos”, asked a resident of the region. – Photo: Reproduction
“It will be horrible and the frequency will get worse,” said a resident of the region in a social network – Photo: Reproduction
“Alto de Pinheiros that we have seen so much conserved is becoming a very popular neighborhood”, criticized a member of the group. – Photo: Reproduction
“We have to make a spontaneous movement, which involves a lot of people and plead with Alesp, that this device will disrupt our peaceful neighborhood”, criticized one resident. – Photo: Reproduction
There are also those who claim that the place has no infrastructure. Before the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the Villa-Lobos Park received about 20 thousand people on weekends, and a large part arrived on the CPTM Line 9-Emerald, at Villa-Lobos-Jaguaré Station.
However, in the group of residents, many defend the new project for the region. “The park is huge, full of empty spaces, a joy for families and does not disturb any view or flow of existing vehicles. We will stop bairrism, snobbery and elitism “.
Many defend the installation of the ferris wheel. “The park is huge, full of empty spaces, a joy for families and does not disturb any view or flow of existing vehicles. Let’s stop bairrism, snobbery and elitism “. – Photo: Reproduction
Others responded to the criticisms with sarcasm: “Truth. Imagine a lot of suburban on our hills in Alto de Pinheiros. Ecaaa. Want a ferris wheel, go to London on the London Eye “.
Some responded with irony to the criticisms: “True. Imagine a lot of suburban people on our hills in Alto de Pinheiros. Ecaaa” – Photo: Reproduction
Sociedade Amigos do Bairro City Boaçava (SAB) is monitoring the future implementation of the attraction and informed that it requested the proponents to study the impact of the project on the neighborhood.
“The Park project does not include, for example, a complementary car park for visitors to the Ferris Wheel and the current car park does not handle normal users on weekends. We are involving CET for a technical analysis of the impact on traffic in the region, ”said Sergio Giannini, treasurer of the association.
The project will be implemented by the SPBW company, winner of the public call. It will pay the Secretariat of Infrastructure and the Environment R $ 141 thousand per month or 10% of the gross billing amount – whichever is greater.
Sought by G1, the City of São Paulo did not inform about the licensing status for the installation of the new attraction.
Projection of how the 90-meter ferris wheel will be installed during the day at Parque Cândido Portinari – Photo: Disclosure / Levisky Arquitetos