Process underway for Ulysses Grove to be turned into a family park
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The process of a call for tenders to turn Ulysses Grove at Xewkija into a family park, has been announced by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana.
She said that the project will ensure that this grove, which is at the moment barely accessible, is transformed into a place of relaxation, with a special emphasis on physical activity.
The Minister explained that a running/walking/cycling track will be installed over the distance of a kilometre.
Dr Caruana said that this will be an innovative project for Gozo. She added that this space will provide the Gozitan residents added value not only for sporting activity, but for those who like open spaces to relax.
Minister Caruana pointed out how this is jut not an isolated project, but will be combined with other projects embarked upon by the Ministry for Gozo to provide open spaces for families.
“Key among these will be the petting farm within the ongoing work at the experimental farm and the regeneration project of Tal-Gordan Lighthouse.”
“Such spaces, which are missing in the island, continue to promote the aspect of social inclusion as well as physical activity and this family park will offer adequate space where sports can be held,” said the Minister.
She explained that during the process of change at the grove, special attention will be given to the natural environment, with a small number of trees to be moved in the grove, and other native trees will also be planted elsewhere within the grove.
This project is divided into three phases. The first phase, the call for tenders which has already been published, will cover the process of levelling and strengthen the foundation for the track and other related areas. The second phase will cover the construction of new entrances, repair of the present ones, as well as restoration of rubble walls. The third and final phase will see the installation of equipment such as benches and an open-air gym, so that this family park can begin to be enjoyed by the general public, the Minister said.
This project is co-financed through European funds.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri