The Marsascala Family Park in Malta
The rehabilitation of the closed landfill in Marsascala, used as a dumpsite in the 1970s, is one of the projects part financed by EU Funding for the rehabilitation of closed landfills in Malta & Gozo.
The Sant’Antnin Family Park is intended as a leisure areaover for both local and foreign visitors. The project is spread over 80 tumoli of land. In addition to the recreational park, works have also included the restoration of St. Anthony’s Chapel and the construction of a visitor’s centre, which will serve as an education centre on waste management.
The Marsascala family park includes the following facilities:
- A picnic area
- A multilevel leisure area
- Walking/ cycling routes
- Two mazes – one tailored for children
- Rock climbing area
- Childrens play areas
- Outdoor gym equipment
- Dog park
- Water park
- Olive garden
- Football pitch
- Relaxation area
- Amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 450 people
- Equestrian area (including stables)
- Traditional farm (restored)
- Cafeteria and Tea Room
- Car park for coaches
- Car park for visitors within the existing quarry
- A theatre for informative presentations
- Walk through from the Visitor’s Centre through the Sant’ Antnin Waste Treatment Plant
- History of the surrounding countryside
- Information on waste management
- Information & explanation related to how the park utilizes alternative energy to generate electricity
As part of this project, which represents an investment of just over € 6 million, the watercourse in the Northern part of the park was restored to address flooding problems. The capacity of the watercourse is of over 4,200 cubic metres. Furthermore, the project includes two reservoirs with a total capacity of 1,692 cubic metres, to be utilised for irrigation purposes. Approximately 2,500 trees and 15,000 shrubs will have been planted by the time the project is completed.
The Marsascala family park was inaugurated on Sunday 24th February by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and from Monday 4th March will be open from 06:30am to 23:30pm. The park can be accessed via the Marsascala Bypass and there is free parking available. It can also be reached by bus, numbers 92, 93 and 204.