The main Lisbon Green Corridor, linking Parque Eduardo VII to Monsanto, was inaugurated this morning and includes a pedestrian and cycle bridge over Rua Marquês de Fronteira, sponsored by Vodafone Portugal in partnership with the City of Lisbon.
Called Monsanto Bridge, it is the final link in the Green Corridor linking the centre of the capital to Monsanto, spanning Rua Marquês de Fronteira between the Palácio da Justiça and Jardim Amália Rodrigues, at the top of Parque Eduardo VII. Made from Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) from sustainable forests in northern Europe, Monsanto Bridge is 85.2 metres long overall. 36 tons of wood, spread over 3200 parts, and 28,000 carbon steel parts were used in its construction.
More than 30 years after it was first conceived, Monsanto Green Corridor is finally ready for use and in addition to the bridge has two parks for outdoor sports with equipment donated by Vodafone. The exercise equipment, in lacquered galvanised iron, includes an information panel describing the exercise and its correct use and is part of a list of around 100 exercise machines installed by Vodafone in 18 locations in the city of Lisbon which serve as a free outdoor gym.
From today Vodafone is offering, also in partnership with Lisbon City Council, the first app for smartphones and tablets with information about the most important green area in the city – Monsanto Forest Park. The Monsanto app includes a regularly updated diary, a representative selection of activities classified by subject (‘Sport in Monsanto’ or ‘Family Weekend’, for example) and is integrated with the Park signage by means of QR codes, among other features. Totally free, the app is available to all users of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
Vodafone’s association with Monsanto Green Corridor is part of its track record of initiatives to promote a healthy lifestyle and outdoor sport and reinforce the brand’s proactive attitude to the environment by supporting environmentally friendly alternatives to the usual car journey and improving the quality of life of Lisbon’s residents.