Tourism Minister Tobias Kulang did the ground breaking ceremony today for construction to commence.
The event was witnessed by chief executive officer of Tourism Promotion Authority Jerry Agus, few visitors at the park and PNP staff.
The picnic village will feature traditional houses from the various provinces that are significant including the famous Trobriand yam house, round house from the Highlands, tree house of Koiari and haus Tambaran from the Sepik region.
PNP general manager Michelle McGeorge said they would like to showcase PNG to the visitors at the park.
McGeorge explained that when tourists and visitors come to the nature park they’ll be able to see these village houses that will inspire them on their next trip into PNG, particularly for the business visitors.
“Business travelers will want to come back to PNG with their families for holiday visits to those regions.
“The nature park may have been part of the step in helping to encourage them to visit other regions,” she said.
The project costs about K400,000 and is expected to be fully completed in November in time for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2016 in November.
The park has seen 120,000 visitors in 2015 and 14,000 students have visited for excursions.
Kulang was impressed with the work done at the park leading the way on how things should be done at a park management level.
He thanked McGeorge and her management for taking care of the park and bringing it up to this standard.