Several new developments have taken place at the Free State NBG, all sponsored by the Poverty Relief Fund. Work started in mid 2003 and should be completed before the end of 2004. There are four stages: Educational Lecture Hall, Restaurant, Main Entrance (Visitor Centre - upgrading entrance facility) this will include a Curio shop and Sales Nursery at that main entrance.
Educational Lecture Hall (EEC)
Construction was started in July 2003, and this facility is now operational. It consists of a hall, which can be divided into smaller rooms, as well as a storeroom. It is used for the environmental education, conferences, meetings as well as other small private functions. Members of the public can hire this facility.
A new restaurant will provide refreshments daily. It is sited to enjoy a view of the Dam and bird hide and can accommodate more than 80 guests at a time. This restaurant replaces the kiosk facility. The new facility will include enlarged and improved kitchen facilities and will also serve the Lapa functions. The restaurant will have its own toilet facilities.
Upgrading of the entrance Facilities.
A new Visitors' Centre will open shortly. It comprises a Curio Shop which will sell gifts, souvenirs and books, a Ticket Office which will facilitate easy access to the Garden and the Plant Sales Nursery , where a range of indigenous plants will be offered.
Upgrading of the Parking area and Braai area
The Parking area is scheduled for upgrading and paving in late 2004, to provide better access to parking. The old stone walls and some of the braai areas will be rebuilt. This will be started on the beginning of November 2004.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during construction. The expected construction finishing date for the building: Mid October 2004
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