KSAC to build eco-friendly park

Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSINESS -

dif­fi­cult time.

We will miss Brian in our re­la­tion­ship, but his marks on our lives and ac­tiv­i­ties will last for a very long time.” THE PARK be­ing built by the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion (KSAC) in down­town Kingston will cre­ate a fam­ily-friendly recre­ational space, while en­cour­ag­ing ba­sic re­cy­cling and sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment among cit­i­zens.

Mayor of Kingston An­gela Brown Burke said 80 per cent of the ma­te­rial that will be used for the project is re­cy­cled.

“This is de­lib­er­ate be­cause we also felt that we needed a project that could con­trib­ute to the is­sue of re­cy­cling and how we ap­proach waste (dis­posal),” she said.

She noted that the KSAC spends an es­ti­mated $62 mil­lion an­nu­ally on drain clean­ing due to the large vol­ume of plas­tic and other de­bris in gul­lies and drains.

Brown Burke was speak­ing at the con­tract-sign­ing and sym­bolic ex­ca­va­tion cer­e­mony held last Thurs­day at the project site at St Wil­liam Grant Park.

PLAY EQUIP­MENT

The eco-friendly park, which will com­prise play­ground and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, will utilise old tyres and more than 1.5 mil­lion plas­tic bot­tles to cre­ate play equip­ment and struc­tures.

So far, 65,000 plas­tic bot­tles have been col­lected from busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als within the Kingston and St An­drew mu­nic­i­pal­ity and ru­ral ar­eas.

Con­struc­tion of the first phase of the project, to be un­der­taken by Seal Sprayed So­lu­tions Lim­ited, is slated to be­gin on Novem­ber 3.

GE­ORGE

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