For months now we have been hearing about the soon to commence renovation of the Orange Walk Central Park and that time is finally here. If you have been around town recently then we are sure that you are well aware of the heavy machinery seen around the park. That’s evidence that work on the project has initiated. Today we caught up with Mayor Kevin Bernard who shared his sentiments on the initiation of the much anticipated project.
Kevin Bernard– Mayor O/W
“It’s something that we have been waiting for quite some time as you know there was a lot of delays that at first the park should have started in June of this year but there were some delays due to the fact that the world bank has to go through some tight process and so I understand they had to resubmit bids for contractors again evaluation and so forth and so the final approval was made by the world bank and so the work has now been commenced, this will take ninety days to complete and I must inform residence that there will be some inconvenience, we know that there is work going on the highway and work is going on in central park and we are doing work also in some other areas in terms of street work and so I would like to ask the residence to bear some patience, it is an inconvenience but it is for the development for our municipality, in terms of the central park there is two phases, right now is the interior of the park itself and I understand that the design works are being prepared for the street around of the park.”
According to Mayor Bernard, the project has been broken down into two phases.
Kevin Bernard– Mayor
There is two phases, right now is the interior of the park itself and I understand that the design works are being prepared for the street around of the park and so those street work should commence if I am not mistaken by November so they will be working simultaneously on that area, we should see an entire upliftment of central park and the street around it that will be upgraded to either to stamp concrete or I am hoping that we can get something better than just the normal asphalt and so we are pushing for stamp concrete so it can be look at like those modern park that we see at those neighboring countries where the people can come out on weekend so that it will not be trafficable on weekends so those are the plans that we have.”
Victor Castillo – Reporter
“I now for this project, progress bring problems, has the council designated any routes for traffic, you know Orange Walk is a rapid growing population with vehicular and the congestion of traffic is chaos in town, it there a route that these drivers are been diverted to or are they using the same route?”
Kevin Bernard– Mayor
“Well, what is happening that when it comes to the central park areas the streets are not been close of so people could still be able to traverse the area, what will happen that the entire park will be enclose while work is taking place for the safety for our people as well, right now is some demolition of the park that is taking place and so what we are doing is that yes our traffic officers, our traffic department is aware of that but we also want to plea to the ministry of works that whenever they are doing works on the main highway for us to also be informed because sometimes there is no real notification that this will happen so we need to aware so we can also advice, we have the media where we can share those information but we are doing our part to ensure that the people are informed of the diversion of these areas for the development of our community.”
Mayor Bernard pleads to Orange Walkeños to bear patience while the work is carried out and apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
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