Governor Powes Parkop has officiated the start of the new entry redevelopment project at Port Moresby Nature Park.
The ground breaking ceremony commemorated 16 months of planning and preparation that will see the front building at Port Moresby Nature Park redeveloped to include a café, large café deck, souvenir outlet, flower shop, new ticketing booths, administrative offices and public amenities.
Governor Parkop said “The development of a commercial and administrative hub at Port Moresby Nature Park will assist the recreational facility to provide better services to visitors and to become more self-sustaining.”
General Manager, Michelle McGeorge noted that the building once used by NCDC Parks and Gardens had been unused for over 12 years due to damage sustained by a fire.
“Restoring this building is our most ambitious project to date but is vital if we are to provide new and exciting opportunities at the Park,” McGeorge said.
In addition to commercial activities the building will also house a number of administrative offices which will free up space in the current office building located along the UPNG boundary to enable more space for the research, education and grounds departments.
“When the new entry building is completed, people will make their way into the park past new ticketing booths and also have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs, buy flowers and orchids and enjoy lunch and a cool drink on the new and spacious desk.” Ms McGeorge said.
And Port Moresby Nature Park is wasting no time with appointed contractors Tasman Builders commencing works immediately following the ceremony.
Governor Parkop thanked sponsors, the General Manager and staff for their continued efforts in developing a world-class botanical and zoological parks and gardens for its residents and visitors to which Ms McGeorge responded that “they were only delivering the vision that the good Governor and NCDC had set for them.”
The building is scheduled to open to the public by Easter, 2013.