Fort Clarence Beach up­grade be­gins

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE UR­BAN Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (UDC) has em­barked on the Fort Clarence Beach Park up­grade pro­ject, a com­pre­hen­sive plan to transform the ap­pear­ance and of­fer­ings of the pop­u­lar beach at­trac­tion in Hell­shire, St Cather­ine.

Phase one of the pro­ject, val­ued at $15 mil­lion, will see the con­struc­tion of a new ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing. Al­pha Con­struc­tion Com­pany Limited has been con­tracted to com­plete the work within the fourth quar­ter of the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

Work to be im­ple­mented in sub­se­quent phases in­clude an over­haul of the at­trac­tion’s en­trance fa­cade, up­grad­ing of re­strooms, in­stal­la­tion of food-vend­ing kiosks, all aligned with the ap­proved mas­ter plan for the beach park.

The cor­po­ra­tion also en­vi­sions im­ple­ment­ing en­hance­ments to the land­scape, build­ing a new mul­ti­pur­pose recre­ational house, as well as im­prov­ing the cur­rent pic­nic area and recre­ational ar­eas for chil­dren.

Also in­cluded in the mas­ter plan for the park is the con­struc­tion of ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties for sports, such as a beach foot­ball, vol­ley­ball court with the ap­pro­pri­ate seat­ing, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the host­ing of sport­ing events on site.

The Fort Clarence Beach Park, at ap­prox­i­mately 3.4 hectares, is the only li­censed pub­lic beach serv­ing the Kingston Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area, ac­com­mo­dat­ing over 95,000 pa­trons in the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

ST CATHER­INE

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