Parks & Public Gardens
In Zejtun we have five public gardens and three playing fields. These are:-
1. Luqa Briffa Garden built in 1802AD commissioned by the British High Commissioner Alexander Ball, who has also commissioned the construction of a number of gardens in various towns and villages in Malta designed by a Zejtun architect Mikiel Cachia on an Italian style. Ball gave these gardens to the Leading Representatives of the villages for their mission in the revolts against the French. The Leading Representative of Zejtun was Lieutenant Guze’ Abela and in fact this garden is still known as "Gnien tal-Kmandant". Writing underneath the King George III of United Kingdom, coat of arms, which is found on the main door entrance give us this evidence. It did not take long since this garden began to improve the horticulture of Malta and in fact it was called "Giardino Botanico". Later on it became known as "Gnien Luqa Briffa" for the Maltese Hero in the Great Siege of 1565 but in 1999 the Town Council decided to give it the name of "Gnien Mikiel Cachia" (1760-1839) Architect, Patriot and one of the Maltese Leaders during the fight against in the French between 1798-1800.
The size of this garden is of 2,084m2 approximately.
2. Gnien San Girgor is found in St. Thomas Bay Road and was built in the early 70s. This is the biggest garden found in Zejtun and enjoys one of the most magnificent views of the southeast of Malta. In this garden one finds an open theatre, the Regional Tribunal and a sports center.
The size of this garden is of 10,457m2 approximately.
3. Gnien Ta’ Brejgu is found in Mikiel Cachia Street and was built in the late 80s. It is named for Consiglio Ellul (1882-1967) known as Brejgu. He was very active in voluntary work in connection with the parish church. It is the intention of the Town Council to renovate this garden.
The size of this garden is of 2,008m2 approximately.
4. Gnien Mikiel Anton Vassalli is found in front of the Kindergarten Centre. This is the smallest garden in Zejtun and was built in the late 80s. It is named after Vassali who is the major contributor in the establishment of Maltese as a language.
The size of this garden is of 818m2 approximately.
5. Gnien San Martin is found in Toni Zahra Street and also in Gebel San Martin Housing Estate. It was built in the late 80s and in named for the zone that forms part of it. In this garden one can find a playing field.
The size of this garden is of 2,172m2 approximately.
6. In Labour Road, one finds a playing field built in the 70s. In 1996, the Town Council took care to maintain the accessories of playing field. It is the Town Council’s intention to pave the floor area of this playing field and embellish the area.
The size of this playing field is of 411m2 approximately.
7. Crieki Garden distinguishes itself as one of the few gardens which was planned on a specific theme. Plans by architect Peter Zammit present the theme of circles within circles, representing the social and biological aspects of human life. Apart from leisure and entertainment the garden will provide an edifying experience to visitors, through the three works of art by artist Joseph Barbara representing a trilogy to life: "Ic-Crieki ta’ l-Univers, Radial Construction" (The Circles of the Universe), "Ic-Crieki Olimipici, Homage to the Olympics" (The Olympic Circles), and "Ic-Crieki tax-Xoghol, Past Present, Future" (The Circles of Work), together form a trilogy for human life: Nature, Passion and Reason, respectively. During our journey as citizens of a collective universe, we are incessantly bound by the essentiality to strike a balance between the three. This was a joint project between the Ministry for Family and Social Solidarity and the Zejtun Local Council. This garden is situated between Ta’ Ganza housing estate and San Girgor housing estate and covers around 3,000 square metres of land.
8. There are also
plans to construct a new cactus/rock garden in Gebel San
Martin housing estate.
Total area of public soft areas in Zejtun amounts to 8,229m2. In the near future the Town Council plans to embark on an afforestation project at Strejnu area.
There are 360 streets in Zejtun: 315 urban and 45 non-urban/rural streets. The urban streets amount to a total length of 35 thousand metres and cover around 267 thousand metres square of land. The non-urban streets amount to a total length of about 10 thousand metres.
We embarked on a project to replace existing street lighting lanterns and lampposts with decorative designs. In the central area of Zejtun (Vjal 25 ta’ Novembru, Misrah Carlo Diacono, Triq il-Madonna tal-Bon Kunsill, Misrah Girgor Bonici, Misrah ir-Repubblika, Misrah Dicembru Tlettax and Triq San Girgor) we installed cast iron single globe and double globe ornamental cast iron lampposts. Gradually we are replacing the existing laterns in the village core with old style lanterns. We also started the installation of modern design street lighting lampposts in the housing estates.
The housing estates of Gebel San Martin, Hal Tmiem, Ta’ Ganza and San Girgor are provided with bins-on-wheels service which provide 24-hour service of waste disposal. Other bins-on-wheels are provided along the route of the Door-To-Door refuse collection which support the whole system to ascertain that continuous service is provided to all residents. Collection times of the Door-To-Door refuse collection service are between 7.00am to 11.00am from Monday to Saturday including Public Holidays excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also provide free of charge, bulky refuse collection service on call. This service is provided on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.