Marsascala Family Park to reopen on Tuesday
The Marsascala Family Park will be reopened on Tuesday October 1, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Leo Brincat held.
During a programme on a local radio station, the Minister stressed that as promised, the health and safety issues and other shortcomings were addressed while further works will continue in the coming days.
Minister Brincat had previously declared that the Family Park will remain closed until health and safety issues are addressed, The Park had initially closed after the nearby Sant’ Antin waste recycling plant had developed a fault, raising fears that that the air quality of the park had been compromised. A team of experts then recommended the closure of the park until further tests.
However, Wasteserv denied that the failure of its hydrolyser posed any risk of dangerous emissions and insisted that the closure of the Family Park was not due to its malfunctions. This declaration was quickly echoed by the PN who claimed that the close of the Park was solely based on a political decision.
The Minister also insisted that the emissions from the nearby Waste Recycling Plant do not pose any risks and were in line with air monitoring EU levels. In a dig at the previous PN administration, Dr Brincat held that the funds which the park had been wrongly denied since 2011 were to be given. Moreover, he said that around €112,000 was passed on to the Heritage Parks Federation.
Dr Brincat also explained that a Family Park Management Unit tasked with the administration of the park was set up. The Unit will also be responsible for the park’s management and will also be tasked with setting up a plan for the park’s maintenance.
It was also announced that the parks’s management plan will be analysed to make way for new activities, including the promised visitors’ centre. These projects, the Minister explained, were not implemented before due to the lack of funds.