Screen_Shot_2014-03-03_at_8.17.19_PMOne year after the Louisiana Nature Park was inaugurated; today it still stands as a permanent fixture for residents of the Louisiana Area and the greater Orange Walk Town. As you may recall the playground sets that now decorate the park were a contribution from the Rotary clubs in Canada. And over the weekend representatives of the Canadian clubs visited with caretakers of the park mainly the Orange Walk Town Council and the Rotary Club of Orange Walk Town. The main objective of the visit was for the club members to assess the park’s condition.

Orlando Burns – President, Rotary Club OW

“We need to maintain it no, they are physically here to check each and every park after one year to see how it is being maintained, how we Belizean appreciated it and our community leaders and our Rotary Clubs and the people that use it how much do we care for it.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“What are some of the things that are being done during the course of this year and in order to maintain it in a good condition as they want?”

Orlando Burns – President, Rotary Club OW

“Well, I must say that the municipality has been most cooperative with the Club and I think they had left some paint with them and they came in and touch it up with the paint but it’s been twelve months since its erection so now it really needs some maintenance because we have a big problem with rust, wherever we have rust we need to come and take it off and put some really good paint on it and just keep doing it so that it doesn’t continue to rust.”

President of the Orange Walk Rotary Club Orlando Burns says, one of the biggest concerns of the residents in the area is the electrification of the park or lack thereof. In order to address the situation suggestions have been made to seek financial support from business entities across town to purchase solar lights which are self-sufficient. Newly elected Deputy Mayor, Ian Cal, who is the councilor responsible for parks, says that in the coming weeks, more work will be put into the Nature Park to make it a better place for families to enjoy their recreational time.

Ian Cal – Deputy Mayor, OWTC

“One of the agreements that we made is that we would have constant maintenance of the park, it is a beautiful park and a lot of people use it so it needs that maintenance on a regular basis.  We got donated some equipment that we use to maintain the park to tighten up those bolts and fix the area and now it is that time again that they came around and give us a little training to the council, to our foreman and everyone who has to deal with the park to see how better upkeep the area as well, one of the things that we are going to do is that on the 15th we have agreed that we will come back to the park again and give it a little touch up like paint the park; another slide is coming in to be installed in this park as well, and we are also looking to build other parks in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Orange Walk some in the East and another one in Central area but those are plans that are coming up.”

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