Blantyre : Blantyre City Council (BCC) has embarked on an ambitious project to rehabilitate all recreation parks within the city a development which residents have described as a positive step towards transforming the city.
The project which is currently in full swing is aimed at rehabilitating Namwiri Park at Stella Maris Jubilee Park at the Catholic Institute (CI) and Rangely Park at Sunnyside opposite the Blantyre Sports Club which have not been functional for the past five years.
BCC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Anthony Kasunda said Sunday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the project would be carried out in phases due to scanty availability of the resources.
We are in the process of rehabilitating recreation parks. We have started with the Aloe’s Garden at Sunnyside and Namwiri at Stella Maris. When we have completed the two we will also rehabilitate Jubilee Park at CI and then move to Rangely Park he disclosed.
But the process of rehabilitating the parks will be done in phases due to resource constraints the PRO added.
Kasunda could be drawn into revealing how much the project would cost BCC but appealed to stakeholders to take part in the development.
Definitely quite a substantial amount of money will be required. And we are calling upon other stakeholders to come forward and partner the council in this initiative he said.
A Blantyre resident Humphrey Mpesi a student at Soche Technical College and regularly does his studies at Namwiri Park hailed BCC for the project saying it would not only beautify the city but encourage more residents to use the facilities.
This is a positive step for the city as many people will be patronizing the facility to study especially girls who were afraid of their safety due to the overgrown bushes he observed.
Mpesi asked the council to include toilets and provide more seats as one way of ensuring sanitation as well creating space for patrons.
A spot check by Mana confirmed that BCC has indeed started rehabilitating recreation parks within the city.
It is expected that once rehabilitation of the recreation parks is completed many residents would have a place to relax with friends and family as it was the case in the past.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA