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Aug 20, 2013

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.”


Duane Moody

“Why hasn’t there been any work done to the park to keep it in good condition?”


Via Phone: Moises Martinez

“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.”


Duane Moody

“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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5 Responses for “Former Benque Mayor complains about condition of a park”

  1. dawn sandoval says:

    Why would anyone promote or want to draw attention to a park area that looks like this? Fix it first then promote it! Who’s idea was it for signs and pamplets for attention to this area?

  2. cayorez says:

    Its absolutely ridiculous that the Tourism Commitee of Benque put a sign in front of
    this dilapidated falling down park. Its an embarassment to the town, the riverfront and the people of Benque. The only thing it shows is the lack of care and attention by this administration.
    SUBRATA BASU in charge of the Benque Tourism Commitee is supposed to be some kind of town planner????

    I dont know what kind of town planning is that?
    Then publishing it in a tourist sites brochure with not only the incorrect historical
    information listed but a view of dilapidated buildings with holes in the roofs.
    What kind of fraud is that????

    How does Benque hold itself out in a press release as being a tourist destination
    when you show tourists sites like that???

    How about showing them the local piles of garbage in back streets.????
    How about our pothole filled roads, and garbage filled parks.
    How about our deplorable riverside with floating trash.

    No wonder Mopan River Resort went bankrupt!!!!

    And Mr.SUBRATA s comments to the media.
    We need more HOTELS!!!!! to accomodate the floodgate of tourists to Benque.

    Alice in Wonderland has arrived in Benque, but instead of a Dress, he wears a town planners hat!!!!!!!

  3. benqueno says:

    It is absolutely ludicrious that SUBRATA BASU
    head of the benque tourism commitee would erect a sign
    over Edison Coleman Park as a tourist destination when its in such a deplorable state.
    To add insult to injury the sign is not even historically correct.
    Who sold Mr. Subrata that falsehood?
    Why did our hard earned tax dollars go into making
    signs which are not even historically or factually correct.
    They should be torn out and used for firewood!!!
    You are teaching our children the incorrect history of Benque!!!

  4. Benqueña says:

    Mr. Moises MArtinez, the only thing you should be doing instead of opening your disfigured mouth is amending to all your corruption. Why dont you and your “PUP’s” fix the Edison Coleman Recreational Park for your campaign??! People only talk and talk, it is true that we all make use of that specific area of the Mopan River so why don’t we all put our efforts in reconstructing??
    And to all of you concerned about Mr. Basu let me tell you that all he has many reasons to be proud of himself.
    I am sure that neither Cayorez nor Benqueno are capable of doing the work he does. People who always criticize are the most inept!!

  5. cayorez says:

    LOL, what work?? The only thing I see is parties, announcements and more BS. I dont see anything accomplished at all. Instead of spending $30,000 on a party and announcements,in the news to look good. Why not put that $$$ into the town???????
    And yes I can be a critic, only people get upset when the light is shown upon them.

    In regards to the PUP. If I recall we have a UDP government for how long now??????

    And how long has the park been dilapidated??? hmmmmmmmm………….

    You do the math…………………………

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