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Malta's national park to be converted into concert venue?
The Planning Authority has approved the construction of an open-air concert and recreational space at the Ta’ Qali National Park!
With this plan chosen over a former concrete plant, the venue is set to include a performance stage, shops for refreshments and music bands’ merch, a clinic and water reservoirs. Attendance in the new venue will be capped at no less than an impressive 17,000.
The site has an area of around 12,600 square metres and is adjacent to the amphitheater and formal garden, and right next to the national stadium. The regeneration project will see Ta’ Qali receive a major facelift, with a brand new bike lane to be built above walking park-goers, which features on the renders. Also, new half-open structures will be seen alongside boulevards, several areas dedicated to flowers and an additional 200,000 square metres of open space to be added to the green area, following the removal of the concrete factory.
There’s more. Parts of the park that are currently inaccessible, will become accessible to the public, the current dog park will be extended and a camping site will also be built, according to the plans.
In 2019, when the project was first announced, former environment minister Jose Herrera pledged to plant 80,000 new trees, and added that the site would be managed by Ambjent Malta. Transport minister Ian Borg thanked his team for the work they have contributed to the project and added that the new project is equal to the size of 63 football pitches, and will cost €20,000,000.
Further details regarding a timeline for the project are set to be released in the coming days so keep an eye out!