Ribalta Park is the only public park in the center of Castelló de la Plana, it is one of the most representative areas of the city.
The configuration of the park begins in the 19th century, when industrialization begins in the city. It was built, at the initiative of the City Council, to offer train travelers a sense of the city's economic power. It was built on the old Calvari cemetery, and from the very beginning it was dedicated to Francesc Ribalta (who was thought at the time to have been born in Castelló de la Plana). In 1876, the City Council expanded the park with the land offered by the Count of Pestagua.
In the center of the city, in front of the bullring. It is part of the historical-artistic axis that forms the same park, Plaça de la Independencia (La Farola), Plaça de Tetuan (post office) and Carrer Colón (Cathedral).
In Festes de la Magdalena, the lighting of the jackals takes place in the park's central promenade.
Buildings of interest
La Pergola: Multipurpose building in the park.
Temple of music: Built in 1934, the work of Francesc Maristany.
Colomer: Tower built in a maranyeta.
Items of interest
Ribalta statue: Erected in 1927, in the main roundabout of the park.
Obelisk: It was erected in 1897, designed by Francesc Tomás Traver. It was destroyed in 1938, and rebuilt in 1980. It remembers the days of July 7, 8 and 9, 1837, when the city resisted the Carlist attacks.
Lake: Mapped in 1920.
Old cross of the fallen: For now, dedicated to the victims of violence.
Step of the TVRCas
Currently, the City Council has projected that line 1 of the TVRCas will cross the park transversely, along its central promenade.
The project is based on creating a concrete and paved road that crosses the park from west to east, with a length of 292 meters and a width of 12 meters. Additionally, two barriers, children's play facilities and concrete stones will be added to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrians.
The Generalitat Valenciana has issued an opinion (through the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage) allowing the passage of the trolleybus in exchange for a series of improvements to the park and its surroundings, especially the semi-pedestrianisation of the streets surrounding the park: Passeig Ribalta Imparells and Carrer Pérez Galdós.
On the other hand, the consultative bodies of the Generalitat in matters of heritage (Valencian Culture Council, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Carles, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Universitat Jaume I) and the College of Architects of Castelló have published opinions against the project, stating that it will have a negative impact on the historical park, and that the planned action would be irreversible for it.
Part of Castelló's civil society has joined a platform called SOS Ribalta to prevent the creation of the new road in the park. They collected signatures and held several public events.
The town council of Castelló de la Plana plans to start work on the park in August 2008
This article takes as reference the text of the B.I.C. instituted by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat Valenciana.
Web page of the "Save the Ribalta" campaign Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine.