We have told you about the plans to renovate the Orange Walk Central Park. Today we can say that, that project is a lot closer to fruition as the Orange Walk Town Council has been informed that work should be starting by the end of this week. Orange Walk Mayor Kevin Bernard spoke with us today and explained what should be taking place in the weeks to follow.
Kevin Bernard – Mayor or Orange Walk Town
“I understand that Coleman Construction has been awarded the contract to do the renovation of Central Park, on Wednesday as a matter of fact, at 2:30 there will be a soft launch of the actual works where I will be handing over the Park the project coordinator and then they will handing it over to the contractor so that work can commence and from what I understand immediately right after the mobilization of , the contractor will start to mobilize his equipment and so forth in the areas so that works can commence immediately the next day so we should be seeing a lot of activity in the center part of town so I would want to also ask our residence to bear some patience with us and as well those vendors that are around the park, there will be some inconvenience and those that will relocate need to relocate and so we just want to make sure that everyone if informed.”
The project should be completed in ninety days from its inception. In addition, the public will also see the upgrading of the streets around the park.
Kevin Bernard – Mayor of Orange Walk Town
“The idea is to make sure that our people can have a nice central park to come and visit and stay and have a family time, the park will have many amenities that we have identified as it is displayed on the billboard at the park and so I want to thank of course the Government of Belize, Social Investment Fund and of course the council who had to find the 3% counterpart funding to ensure that this work gets underway, so we should have a brand new central park in the months to come.”
The project is funded by the World Bank, and implemented by the Social Investment Fund which has partnered with the municipalities to carry out projects similar to this across the country. The Orange Walk Town Council is paying three percent of the total cost of the project which is somewhere around sixty thousand dollars.