On Sunday, we got a chance to take a walk down Malabo’s new boardwalk, called the Paseo. It’s still under construction, but looks like it has the potential to be a wonderful public space. Our neighbors, who used to live right off the Paseo before they moved out to where we live now, told us about the great amount of progress that has been made in turning the Paseo into a functional space. When they showed up in Equatorial Guinea last year, the Paseo was a dirt path along the shore, with huge drainage ditches on either side. The Paseo is now paved (mostly), has street lights, and a large parade-watching pavilion. Pretty impressive progress!
Very few people are actually using the Paseo in Malabo right now, which makes sense since it’s under construction. We only saw a few people, mostly expats, out walking and riding bikes when we went. There is a section with a play ground, exercise equipment, and lots of benches, which looks like it could draw a crowd. Apparently there’s a Paseo on the mainland, in the coastal city of Bata, which is a large public gathering spot. I hope Malabo’s Paseo turns out to be the same. It would be great to take a stroll and do a little people watching on sunny afternoons!