Ta’ Passi fields Ghajnsielem to be turned into a family park
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Following the huge success of the three editions of the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem event, the Ghajnsielem local council has said that it hopes that ‘Ta Passi’ fields can remain a favourite public spot all year round by creating a leisure park.
The Mayor of Ghajnsielem, Francis Cauchi said that they will be asking the Parliamentary Secretary for Land to pass on the zone known as Ta’ Passi to the council, The land is currently administered by the Joint Office within the Government Property Department. Once the land is transferred, the council plans to apply for the necessary permits to transform the nativity village into a family park while maintaining the village aura, making full use of the site all year through.
Mr Cauchi said that the site has already drawn a substantial amount of people and we don’t plan on changing its structure. Before transforming the site into a nativity scene three years ago, the zone was an abandoned plot of land with a small field which is still being tilled. The re-enactment in 2010 included setting up a four-room hotel with each room holding up to five people. Antique furniture and a fire stove set the scene for the resident to enjpy the festive atmosphere.
The Betlehem f’Ghajnsielem Foundation obtained an environmental management standard certification, for the work that was carried on to improve the site and make it safer and greener.The Gozo Ministry launched a funding scheme for Eco Gozo, where local councils can benefit from a grant of up to €70,000 for projects that enhance the sustainability of the island. Mr Cauchi said the council would apply under the scheme to part-finance the family park. He hopes work on the project can start this year.
The park will then be brought to life with activities held during summer and the Easter break. The mayor said the Christmas crib activity would be promoted abroad to attract tourists during the low-season.