The construction of an ambitious new park in Livadia has been completed with the park officially being handed over to the Municipality of Livadia this week, before its inauguration by the beginning of 2014.
The park - which took two years to create - was constructed as a foil to the refineries and oil tanks that mar the beauty of the area, and cost nearly €1 million, funded by the Department of Town Planning and Housing.
Located on the coastal outskirts of Livadia - known as Arkolivatha - which is along the Larnaca/Dhekelia Road (opposite the Nautical Club), the park covers 10 large plots of land. It consists of two playgrounds - which will be fully completed by the beginning of next year - a small amphitheatre, a sunrise/set observatory (that overlooks the sea and takes in views of Larnaca port), a small pavilion, lighted pool, paths and walkways, and a basketball field. Green areas have been planted with a large number of trees, which when fully grown, will further enhance the setting of the park.
Livadia's Mayor - Marios Armenis - is thrilled with the addition of the park, which he says is part of efforts to upgrade Livadia: "This park is a real gem for the area and is located in the same area where the Municipality upgraded the roads and pavements a few years ago - also a €1m project. We worked hard on our vision of this park and were grateful to secure the funding from the Department of Town Planning and Housing. This park offers the opportunity for children to play, and older people to walk or jog on the specially created paths, and generally enjoy the leisure areas."