Former Benque Mayor complains about condition of a park
Former Mayor of Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Moises Martinez is up in arms about the deplorable condition of the Edison Coleman Park. Built on the twenty-eighth of March 1993, it was a main tourist attraction of the most-western town in the jewel. The park provides the residents and tourists alike with a recreational area on the banks of the Mopan River. But since then, Martinez says the park has been abandoned to the elements with no maintenance or upkeep. What irks him even more is that the park is being promoted in pamphlets and maps. News Five spoke with Martinez who says that the town council needs to do their job.
Via Phone: Moises Martinez, Former Mayor, Benque Viejo del Carmen
“It’s been years that this park was constructed in the honor of the late Edison Coleman. It is now announced as one of the tourist attractions of Benque in the brochures and the maps that you have on Benque. It is deplorable and it is shameful for this project to have been abandoned for so long and every year you have people complaining about the situation at Edison Coleman Recreation Park. It is bushy, it is dirty, it is dilapidated; it has been totally abandoned. And I am surprised how this could be announced as a tourist attraction. Who will feel proud of showing this in such an abandon state.”
“Why hasn’t there been any work done to the park to keep it in good condition?”
“That is my concern Duane. People have been asking and people have commented on it. It is a place that so many people used to go. At present, not so many people like to go there. It is abandoned, it is totally dilapidated and now it is just left there to rot.”
“Sir who carries the mandate to maintain the park?”
Via Phone: Moises Martinez
“It should be the town council and the people involved in tourism. Like I said, it is right in tow, it was a beautiful riverside area…but it is bushy and abandoned.”
Martinez says that the roof of the park needs to be refurbished and some parts of the park needs rehabilitation.
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