BLANTYRE--Remember in the 1980s when you used to go to the park for a picnic? Well, that experience could come back to life after Lilongwe City Council granted Let’s Talk Malawi
rights to establish a recreation park on the banks of Lilongwe river.Let’s Talk Malawi
host Stella Ndalapa confirmed to The Nation this week that they had been given a go ahead to open the park which will be called Tsoka Park.
The development earmarked to boost leisure of both tourists and residents in Malawi’s capital will involve demolishing the defunct Finance Bank which stands by the river.
“We will develop a public park where people can relax with friends and families,” she said. “We are inviting all Malawians to take part in designing the park.”
So far partners in this project include the City Council, Malawi Police Services, Scouts Association of Malawi and the Ministry of Information and Civic Education and Ndalapa said they would like the Ministry of Tourism to join the effort.
The final design of the park, which Ndalapa says has to be sophisticated, will be approved by the stakeholders' committee.
Evelyn Chitedze of Lilongwe said in an interview she was excited about the idea.
“When we travel in other countries we find parks but here in Malawi parks were destroyed long time ago and our children are missing out. I can’t wait for this park to be established. I remember parks were also places we used to go to read. But today it is a place for thugs.”
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