Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg visited the Malta National Park in Ta’Qali, where work is currently underway on three areas of this €20 million project, a government statement read.
“It is good to remember our point of departure, where we had a dilapidated and abandoned space with an old concrete factory. Today we are witnessing a national dream being turned to reality. We are giving the largest and most beautiful national park to Maltese and Gozitan families.
This will not only mean a new open space for recreation, but the Malta National Park is a demonstration of this government’s vision, an open space which will include 80,000 new trees. Through an investment of €20 million, we will provide a 450,000 square meter park equivalent to the size of 60 football pitches, which is without a doubt one of the largest and most anticipated projects of the last generation”, said Minister Ian Borg.
Work is underway on three particular areas which include the concert area, the national park and the BOV Adventure Park.
“The new concert area will offer facilities to carry out mass activities of the highest level, with innovative lighting, modern technology, and an underground system of sanitary services. New rainwater storage tanks will be excavated, which will be used to irrigate this area. The concert area will be equipped with kiosks and bars and the whole area will be covered with natural turf.”
The renovation, rehabilitation and even extension of the National Park will include several works including the restoration of the main entrance and the fountain, paving work, installation of modern lighting, planting of trees, new facilities for different forms of arts including theatre and also a dedicated space for exhibitions of works of art,” the government statement read.
The rehabilitation works of the BOV Adventure Park includes installations of renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic panels and solar benches, modern playing equipment, rubber flooring, and a new system of interactive fountains and irrigation.
Preparatory work has also begun on the removal of the Nissen huts and the construction of the car park.