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Sep 2, 2013

The Memorial Park is now the Fort Point Pedestrian Walk

Despite the rains earlier in the day, the official inauguration of the transformed Memorial Park went on schedule on Saturday. The park, which was once dedicated to the soldiers who fought and have fallen in World War One, has now become a space for small entrepreneurs as part of a Sustainable Tourism program for the City. Duane Moody was present for the activities.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

This past Saturday, the official inauguration of the newly designed memorial park was held. Various stakeholders were present to witness the event that has changed the traditional symbolism of the park. The recreational project, valued at six million dollars, was done in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Sustainable Tourism Program and financed by the Inter-American Development Bank.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Culture

“Belize City has always served as the commercial capital of our country and as a result has played a central role in our development. Historically, the mouth of Haulover Creek, the Old Belize Port and the water front have served at the center for trade and a place for social gathering. Today, our city continues to build on its legacy as a center for commerce and multicultural interaction.  I am extremely proud that my ministry was given the opportunity, through the IDB funded sustainable tourism program, to build and enhance this important community as a tourism and leisure destination—not only for visitors, but also for ourselves.”

 

Nicholas Ruiz

In addition to the open space plaza, the new site now provides an opportunity to entrepreneurs to sell their produce here to locals and tourists. It’s an impressive investment, says Executive Director of BELTRAIDE, Nicholas Ruiz; that enhances the appeal of the Old Capital.

 

Nicholas Ruiz, Executive Director, BELTRAIDE

“We look forward to continue working with B.T.B. as we promote and provide opportunities for Belizean entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. As we continue to solidify that working relationship, I know that we will be able to offer our services to far many more Belizeans.”

 

Sybille Nuenninghoff, Natural Resource Sr. Specialist, I.D.B.

Sybille Nuenninghoff

“The IDB is very happy with the Minister of Tourism and Culture seeking us in the future also as an ongoing development partner for the tourism sector. The I.D.B. in general has actually broad experience in supporting the tourism all over Latin American and Caribbean Region. We have financed more than thirty-five tourism projects with an envelope of one point billion U.S. dollars and the bank supports mainly the goal to attract international tourism and also to promote and facilitate national tourism.”

 

In addition to the Battlefield Park, the Fort Point Pedestrian Walk is one of many open spaces now available in the Old Capital and the City Council had given its full support.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“This Park and this pace really represents the transformation of our community; the reclaiming of Belize City for the benefit of all those who call Belize City their home and for all those who visit our shores. This park and this space is so much more than just a park. It represents a historic site for those who are honored here; for those who have served our country and other countries in the year of war. It represents a community space for those in this neighborhood. It represents an economic vehicle for those in the tourism industry. It represents an opportunity for meeting and forging relationships for those who come here to visit and to play and to recreate. And it signals the redevelopment, the transformation and the reclaiming of Belize City.”

 

The Master Plan for the City identifies cruise and cultural tourism as the main products for the city and recommends urban upgrades for improved visitor satisfaction of which the Fort Point Pedestrian Walk is one such project. Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “The Memorial Park is now the Fort Point Pedestrian Walk”

  1. Disgusted says:

    That is the ugliest piece of workmanship I have ever seen! Imagine, to deface and disgrace a place that has been a Belize City icon for years! And they talk about preserving our history? BULL!!!

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