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Jan 21, 2014

B.T.L. Park officially opens to the public

The much anticipated opening of the B.T.L. Park took place this morning after a delay of about a month due to the persistent rains in December. The cost of transforming the public facility is in the range of two million dollars. The Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley says the ambitious project provides an important outlet for the public to release their creativity. Duane Moody was present for the soft launch.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, as promised, the newly renovated and reclaimed B.T.L. Park on Newtown Barracks was officially opened to the public after months of much needed repairs and a delayed due to continuous rains. The two million dollar project was done in partnership with CARILED, who provided technical skills support, the Belize Telemedia Limited and the Bowen Group of Companies.


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“I am very pleased this morning that we are able to rededicate B.T.L. Park and when we rededicate B.T.L. Park you will hear notions and thanksgiving for individuals who have played a hand in bringing us to where we are today.  The redevelopment of this park is not the earth or the dust that lies here. But it is the story of the many hands that came together to make this a huge success and it is that that we celebrate today. We don’t celebrate the stage, we don’t celebrate the pier; we celebrate the energies, the efforts, the imagination, the resources, the human will that went into making this happen.”


Also giving remarks at today’s ceremony was the Head of Overseas Development Aid for Canada, Marie Legault. According to Legault, Canada committed millions of dollars to the Caribbean, including Belize, to support economic growth and security and the CARILED program was one of those initiatives.


Marie Legault

Marie Legault, Head of Overseas Development Aid for Canada

“Canada, as you might know, has been a friend of the Caribbean and of Belize for a long, long time. Our relationship goes back to century—it goes back to relationship between traders, to relationships between government to government and it goes back, as Mayor Bradley said, it goes back to people to people relationships and this continues today.”


Twenty-eight kiosks have been installed in the park to provide varying services and a newly designed bandstand will be used for events.  The new open space, according to Mayor Bradley, is more than just a park but it provides opportunity for social interaction.


Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“A park is much more than just the earth and dust. It is the people, it is the connectivity, it is the experiences, it is the friendships, it is the heart that is created here. In many ways the park is the soul of a city, it is the lifeblood, it is vein, it is the reflection of higher principles of life. Yes we can build buildings as tall as the sky, but when you build a park, you build the imagination of our young. You build hope, you build aspirations. You build the opportunity for people to connect with one another, you build opportunities for social cohesion—for the coming together of minds and hearts and bodies. And in a larger sense that is what a city is.”


The park will provide employment for over a hundred persons to administer and maintain the facility. Duane Moody for News Five.

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