Press Release:– The Castries Constituency Council remains very excited that the first phase of the upgrade and enhancement of the Derek Walcott square is now complete.
The key objective of the World Bank funded initiative under the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project, was making the facility accessible to members of the public while improving the green space.
Works had commenced on October 4, 2020 and included the demolition of the perimeter walls, painting and rotating of park benches, walk way improvement, landscaping and beautification, painting of the gazebo and repairing of park planters.
Speaking about the upgrade, Castries Mayor, Peterson D. Francis, says he loves the new look which aims at enhancing the Castries City product.
“This initiative along with the many other projects within the city will certainly pave the way to a new Castries. I have heard some of the comments and one should understand that this was only the first phase where focus was placed on making the park accessible for everyone to enjoy. We are indeed grateful and wish to thank members of the public for their understanding and patience during the alteration. I want everyone to enjoy the facility and make it theirs,” Mayor Francis said.
The second phase of the project will soon commence with more thorough works, which will include allowances for additional seating and diverse vending, the relocation of the existing fountain, upgraded signage and the strategic placement of a bust in honor of Sir Derek Walcott.