Half a million euro are being invested in the Family Park in Marsaskala. The work, which will be carried out through Parks Malta, was announced by Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli.
The minister paid a visit to the site together with the director of Parks Malta Adrian Attard. Parks Malta is responsible for the protection and maintenance of valleys and open spaces, and is working to make the Family Park more attractive and offer more recreational opportunities in the South of Malta.
Mr Attard explained that the project will be carried out in several phases, so that the public can continue to enjoy the park while the work is being done. Maintenance work will be carried out on the existing furniture in the park, including its largest play structure which has suffered a substantial amount of vandalism. Maintenance work is being carried out on the outdoor gym and has begun on the 15 benches and roofs. A five-a-side pitch net is being replaced and the soft flooring of all play areas is also being repaired or replaced.
Restoration work will be carried out on the vandalised rubble walls of the garden and the surveillance system will be improved by installing new cameras. In addition, a solution will be found to restore a fountain that is currently not functioning.
Mr Attard went on to explain that the area currently dedicated to dogs will be relocated, so that there will be access to a new dog park from the parking area. This new dog park is 800m2 larger than the existing one and will be divided into different areas, designated for large dogs and smaller dogs. It will be equipped with lighting, water service, benches, and games.
When the works in the dog park are completed, work will begin on a new picnic area, with a large wooden structure and benches under it, which can also be used for educational sessions for children.
While thanking Parks Malta for its work, the minister concluded by stating that, “This project will offer more recreational opportunities in the South of Malta. We often talk about the importance of looking after our health, both physically and mentally. To do that, we need to have open spaces where we can spend time away from urban development. Through this project, we are offering quality spaces to all our citizens.”