Murcia’s Superior Court has officially closed the door on the ill-fated plans to create the Paramount Theme Park in the region at Alhama de Murcia, with the land set to be returned to agricultural use.
The court’s litigation department acted on a request from the Ecologistas en Acción group, who wanted the official scrapping of the special plan for the project. The environmentalists said that the theme park would have “invaded” the important lands of the Carrascoy and El Valle regional park.
In 2012, a foundation stone was laid in a ceremony at Alhama by the then-Murcia President Ramón Luis Valcárcel, followed by a year-long delay before the doomed project was tendered by the Premursa company. The process then became mired in rows over funding and licenses, despite a 52-million-euro award to the Ferrovial company in the autumn of 2013. That tender floundered due to a lack of money in the Premurasa coffers to pay for it.
A begging bowl was then waved in front of potential European investors by Premursa company, who failed to get anything, amidst claims that the Madrid government was also bidding in 2014 to get European grants to bring the Paramount project back to life.
Opening date projections came and went and Premursa’s President Jesus Samper died in December 2015, with Premursa in serious financial trouble. The project has yet to be officially cancelled, but the court decision is another symbolic nail in the Paramount coffin, which, at least, produced a colourful virtual reality display three years ago of what the park would have looked like.