Malta’s oldest national park is to double in size as part of a major €20 million project.
The Prime Minister announced the decision to extend the Ta’ Qali National Park, saying it was an example of the government genuinely listening to the wishes of the Maltese public.
Joseph Muscat said the new park would be roughly a third of the size of Hyde Park, the largest royal park in London.
Land once used by a former cement works will be transformed and relandscaped, creating an additional 200,000 square metres of parkland for families to enjoy.
Dr Muscat said: ‘The government knows that people want more green open spaces so we are providing the solutions.’
Around 80,000 trees will be planted on the extended site, which will cover the equivalent of 63 football pitches where children can run free in safety.
Ta’ Qali national park is already a popular park and picnic spot in Malta and includes a special area for dog walkers as well as a petting zoo for kids.
The park was built on the former RAF Ta’ Kali airfield which closed in 1968.
Photos thanks to Maltatina