New Year… Great New Projects
Larnaka’s Mayor, Mr Andreas Vyras, has unveiled exciting new plans for Larnaka city that will see 2018 and beyond deliver many, great new facilities in the town centre and surrounding areas.
The ambitious new Municipal Market project (1st image) is proceeding with tenders and is set to be a one-of-a-kind development for municipal markets on the island. Returning to its original home (which is currently a municipal car park), the two-storey, EU-funded project will weave traditional stalls and artisan spaces with modern facilities, including cafes, restaurants, a stage for events, and a dedicated exhibition area.
The complete renovation of the Municipal Gardens (3rd & 4th image) is also taking place on a grand scale. The park was closed in autumn in preparation of the works, which are set to finish by the end of 2018/beginning of 2019. The gardens – which house a park, museum, library and theatre – will undergo a complete transformation with increased green and leisure areas; a cafeteria; state-of-the-art facilities, and improved playground toys and cultural buildings.
By May 2018 proposals will also be received for plans to make Larnaka town centre more wheelchair and pushchair accessible, with works due to begin towards the end of 2018. This includes new squares such as the one pictured above (2nd image - new square between Medieval Castle and Beyuk-Kebir Mosque).
There will also be several leisure and entertainment venues constructed or renovated, increasing and improving the capacity to host multiple sporting and cultural events, and giving organisations and groups modern facilities for their activities. This includes the Municipal Community Centre and Sports Hall, and a multi-purpose, multi-hall cultural and leisure centre.
And finally, the restoration of the Zuhuri area in the old town will take place by 2019, creating a new square, shops with a traditional character, and a youth hostel and artists' meeting point with a capacity of up to 20 beds.