The Harmony Beach Park in Montego Bay, St. James, developed at a cost of $1.3 billion, was officially opened by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, recently.
Among the amenities on the 16-acre park are 132 parking spaces, restroom facilities, an activity center, a jogging trail, a promenade along the beach, and a multipurpose court. There will also be closed circuit (CCTV) cameras, free WIFI access as well as foot patrols.
In his address, the Prime Minister said that Harmony Beach Park represents the future of urban development in Jamaica and embodies what is on the horizon for urban planning and the commitment of the Government to introduce more green spaces in communities.
“It is well documented that green spaces and other nature-based solutions increase the quality of urban environments. Green spaces promote healthy lifestyles and improve the health and wellness of residents. For this reason, I encourage you to see the beach park as a turning point for what you can expect from the Government as it relates to sustainability in development,” Mr. Holness said.
“This is really the people’s park, the people named it, it is your park, and it is free for you to access. What you see here is the combination of dedicated and collaborative work by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the St. James Municipal Corporation and of course the project contractor, M and M Jamaica Limited,” he added.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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