Both the central government and city administration have begun works intended to create open air parks in the city.
Minister of Education Dr Rupert Roopnaraine explained to Stabroek News last evening that the central government is in the process of clearing the area between the 1763 Monument and the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in order to create an open green space for recreation. He explained that while the design of the space had not yet been finalized there have been discussions about including sporting facilities such as an athletic track.
“We intend to have a savannah type, open air recreational space,” Roopnaraine explained, while noting that the actual work was being implemented by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the city administration is also implementing works to create “an open air recreational space for children and the elderly.”
This is according to Town Clerk Royston King who yesterday explained to Stabroek News that the area of the Merriman Mall between Oronoque and Light streets, Bourda will soon be available for use by the public as a recreational space.
King noted that City Hall is on a quest to create “a clean and green city within one year.”
As part of the efforts to beautify that part of the city King had supervised the demolition of two concrete walls constructed by Pan African Movement on the land which had been made available to the organization for its use.
While King would not comment on whether the movement would continue to have access to the space he did say that the council intends to refurbish the Monument of the late Shirley Field-Ridley, former education minister and wife of Mayor Hamilton Green.
King also explained that the area will feature covered seating and tables to allow for picnicking and board games.