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Screen_Shot_2016-04-05_at_7.48.46_PMYesterday we told you about the rehabilitation of the Independence plaza which is part of a project that involves the Orange Walk Town Council, the Orange Walk Police Department and the Belize Sugar Industries. The campaign to remodel and restructure the park is part of an early initiative taken by BSI/ASR as part of their sustainability efforts to do their part to give back to our environment.  Every Year the company chooses a project to complete by Earth day, which will be celebrated this year on the 22nd of April. This year their main focus was to work on a project that would give back to the community and according to the Regional Manager at BSI/ASR, Zeidi Cruz, they believe that restoring a historic site such as the Independence Plaza which practically goes unused, is the best way to give back to the community and by using safe and recyclable material be able to create and promote an area that is environmentally safe.

Zeidi Cruz- Regional EHS manager- BSI/ASR

“We decided to do the Independence Park because of its historical value, as you guys know, the whole Banquitas Area used to be in the colonial times you know very important so you have Fort Mindy right there so we decided you know that it will good for us and it will good for the community because as you can see the park has been abandoned so what we want to do is engage the kids to come out and to have a good place for recreational activity for families and just move away from the current state and improve it what we are doing is starting looking at what we have for instance recyclable materials like tires, pallets you know that we no longer use and which at the end of the day it would just go as waste what we decided to do is to instead of having it end up that way to use it for something that will benefit us.”

According to Cruz, the hope of BSI/ASR is to involve the community in the rehabilitation project to create a more open and safe environment for children and families to enjoy and restore the area to its past glory where children can learn the significance of Independence Plaza and its importance in the history of our town.

Zeidi Cruz- Regional EHS manager- BSI/ASR

We don’t want it to end here you know we are making it, we are trying to improve it because we want people to sue it not only for earth day but for all the days to come and I think that that is really you know we want to make people see the importance of it just because of earth day is the 22nd of April it doesn’t mean that it is all that we are going to do that is why we partner with the police because we want them to keep an eye on this for safety reasons and also for people who come and that is a way where we can motivate them to continue this, it is not a one day thing it is something that has to be for the days to come.”

On Saturday April 9th BSI/ASR will be working on the project at the Independence plaza and Cruz took the opportunity to invite the residents of Orange Walk to lend a helping hand.

Zeidi Cruz- Regional EHS manager- BSI/ASR

This Saturday we are starting our program we are starting with the fencing of the park because we wanted you know to, we believe that fencing is an important part so fencing with tires it is something that can be done and it is something that we are inviting the community to come out and help because what we are trying to do is to promote earth day like in a way it is a positive contribution not only for the park but for people to come they can come out and help and also to promote it is just changing the attitude that we have and just making every day earth day at the end of the day that is our theme for this year is Make Earth Day Every day, do something that will uplift mother earth and you know you can come and help everybody is welcome., it is just coming up and showing up for that day, we have the materials you know is just like a day event that we want to involve the people and you are welcome to come and make your contribution it is just by providing the labor maybe or assisting us to holding a tire or doing something out while they are installing it out would be great.”

The hope is for the project to be completed for the grand opening on Earth day which is the 22nd of April.

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