Plans for a disused facility in Majjistral Park also include space for a rangers workshop, a dormitory for school children, and a bike hire service, the Heritage Parks Federation has outlined.
This comes after Lovin Malta’s report on plans submitted by the Heritage Park Federation to turn a dilapidated pre-1968 building within the park into a catering facility.
The Heritage Parks Federation is the manager of the Majjistral Park and is formulated by NGOs Din L-Art Ħelwa, Nature Trust and the Gaia Foundation.
“Its aim is to conserve some of Malta’s most stunning countryside and holding some of the important areas for biodiversity found in the park and to keep it open to the Public,” Majjistral Park said in a press release.
“Part of the Park includes the old military barracks which have been lying derelict for many years. Two years ago the Federation submitted a master plan to the Majjistral Board, determining what uses the buildings may be used for and how it would be financed.”
“This master plan included converting a number of buildings into uses which would be congruent with the aims of the Federation to look after the park.”
Included within the plans are a number of uses for the new facility which would support the overall aim of the Federation.
The uses include the following; a rangers workshop, a dormitory for school children with accompanying learning facilities, a limited sports area in a disused cemented area, facilities for limited camping in a disturbed area are being rehabilitated, a bike hire shop for mountain biking in the park, a building where up to six persons can hire for a weekend and a cafeteria for visitors to the park.
The Federation assured that its main objective remains to keep the park in its natural state and not to commercialize it.
“The uses the buildings are put to will enhance the visitor experience and showcase the importance of Malta’s countryside,” it assured.
“They are intended to be low-impact interventions whilst restoring the buildings which form part of Malta’s historical heritage.”