The Downtown Rejuvenation Project's Ecomuseum Update
The Downtown Rejuvenation Project like many other projects was on a break due to the COVID-19 shutdown. As the country starts to awaken from its economic sleep, so is the Downtown Rejuvenation Project. As an update, below is a quick recap of the various components’ status in the Downtown Rejuvenation Project:
COMPONENTS COMPLETED AND OPERATIONAL
1) Yarborough A: which included the restoration and building of a covering for the Basketball court area.
2) St. John's Cathedral Repairs and cleaning.
3) The Supreme Court repairs to roof and historic clock.
COMPONENTS COMPLETED BUT NOT OPERATIONAL
4) Raze and rebuilding of the Human Development Building at #26 Albert Street.
5) Raze and rebuilding of the Ronald Frederic Greenwood house located at the corner of Cockburn Lane and Regents Street.
6) Government House property restoration and construction.
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
1) The primary visitor attraction to downtown when completed in our Eco-museum will be the Government House property. However, since the Eco-museum will encompass the entire downtown, which include the Albert and Regents streets areas, there will be a need to tie these areas together. This will be accomplished by the installation of about twenty ILM's (Interpretive Location Markers) throughout downtown. Since one of the main objectives of our Eco-museum's mission was to highlight our heritage sites, the main objective of the ILM's will be to do just that. The ILM's will accomplish this by providing additional information on site of each historic site.
The Downtown Rejuvenation Project is a Taiwan ICDF and Government of Belize collaborative project geared towards increasing visitors into downtown. Although a portion of the visitors to downtown would have been foreign tourists, which will be in short supply in the short term, our downtown Eco-museum will also be targeting local tourists as well. When completed, downtown will become a historic zone where all Belizeans will be able to immerse themselves in our history and culture.
2&3 ) Two components we are working on to enhance the visitors' experience in downtown, whether they are visiting in person or viewing on the internet from some distant country (building interest), will be a downtown Tour Map App and a Downtown Eco-museum Web Site. These two components will work together to enhance the visitors' experience by providing additional information about our History and Culture that the ILM's at the site will not provide.
4) Yarborough B: completion of the restorative works on the football field, coastline protection, new pedestrian walkway around field, seating near the sea, restoration of police booth, installation of new spectator seating and new restroom facilities.
5) Completion of the new Belize Heritage Plaza located at the site which was once known as the Paslow.
6) Making #4,5,& 6 from projects in “COMPONENTS COMPLETED BUT NOT OPERATIONAL” section operational.