Transformed ‘green’ seawall to be recreational, tourism hub

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DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The seawall from the Kitty pump station to the Pegasus Hotel will be transformed into a world-class waterfront recreational area that also follows government’s green agenda initiative.

Overhead shot of the seawall area.

This is according to Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, who told DPI the area will have commercial spaces but that “it has to be green; so, we have to look at things such as waste management and sewage disposal because it’s right next to the seawall. So, we have to manage a few things before we start.”

The consultancy for the project has already been awarded and a first report is expected by October. Minister Patterson said the report will provide a scope of what is possible and the cost of the project.

Guyana received a £53.2Million ($14B) grant from the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UK CIF) to improve or create new recreational areas between Kingston and Ogle (including an overhead walkway from the seawall to the National Park, Stabroek Market and Vreed-en-Hoop. Minister Patterson said the aim is to drive economic growth and boost tourism.

“It [the seawall] already is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and it will become more popular.  So, we didn’t want to rush it, we want to do a bit more studies and then the construction finally. On completion, that will complete the final piece of the puzzle in that area.” The project is expected to be completed by 2019.

By: Ranetta La Fleur.