PM breaks ground for Closed Harbour Beach Park development
Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park in Montego Bay will begin following the official groundbreaking by Prime Minister, Andrew Holness on Friday.
The project, which is being primarily funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and executed by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will be one of the largest transformative development for the parish.
The project forms a part of the UDC’s Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme which will see the conversion of the 16-acre property into recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free access licenced public beach.
The project which is estimated at a cost of JMD $1.296 billion is anticipated for completion within 18 months with main funding provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
According to Holness “the Closed Harbour Beach Park development is one which signifies the integrated and inclusive development which is required for the achievement of Vision 2030.”
"This development will not surpass the people of Jamaica but rather will work with and for them following on the economic and sociocultural impact which the park will provide,” Holness said.
Hailing the project as “the continuation of the reimaging of Montego Bay”, Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism in his remarks noted that significant contribution to domestic tourism will be ushered in through the development of the park as the first obligation to the people of Jamaica will not be ignored as they will claim the park as their own.
Senator Ransford Braham, Chairman UDC, who expounded on the scope of the project, noted that upon transformation, the property will see widening of the sidewalk and new perimeter fencing along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard while the interior of the park will feature a Beach Futsal & multi-purpose court, kids play area, food kiosks and outdoor dining area.
Dr Carey Wallace, Executive Director, TEF assured that the agency is always willing to support projects of this nature particularly those which ensures the inclusion of ordinary Jamaicans in Jamaica’s development agenda.