Llobregat River Park, Gironella, Catalunya/Spain
The Llobregat River Park is a consortium that works to promote economic development and tourism in the territory of the colonies textiles del Llobregat and preserve its natural, historical and cultural.
The remit of the Llobregat River Park extends from Berga (Berguedà) to Balsareny (Bages) and covers an area in which we found 18 colonies and textile factories that began to be built near the river Llobregat, in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The Consortium of the Llobregat River Park was established on 11 June 2003 and currently comprises the following public and private entities: Berguedà District Council, Town Hall of Berga, City grandmother, Olvan City Hall, City Hall Village of Gironella, Casserres City Council, City of Puig-Reig, Gaiā City Council, City of calendars, Balsareny City Council, Generalitat de Catalunya (President and Country Planning and Public Works), Barcelona Provincial Council (Economic Development and Tourism) Social Work Manresa Hotel and Tourism Association Berguedà Chamber of Commerce – Delegation of Berga, Association of Electricity Producers and Users, Catalan Federation of Fishing Associations and Federation of Neighbors of Lower Berguedà.
Although the consortium as a legal entity began operating in January 2004, the River Park project already underway in the form of Park Board Nava-Berga River, since 1998.
The proponents of this initiative from a common concern: work on this territory for over a hundred years, the colonies were the textile center of social and economic life. With the crisis in the textile sector and the closure of most factories and colonies in the area (80-90 years of the twentieth century), this region suffered a strong shock. To help overcome this crisis emerged in River Park. Since then, he has worked to preserve cultural and natural heritage of this region and promote economic development and tourism in this space structured around the Llobregat River and its colonies textiles.
The Park area of work includes some 278 km2, where some 34,000 people live, and includes the municipalities that are part of the River Park and the residents of the 18 textile colonies located, near the river Llobregat, Berga and Balsareny the which house about 2,500 residents and more than sixty companies of all types of food, carpentry, freelancers, small textile companies, etc..
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