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Work is expected to begin in April on the development of a state-of-the-art Closed Harbour Beach Park in Montego Bay, St. James.

This follows the allocation of $550 million in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to undertake the renovation project in the upcoming fiscal year.

Over a two-year period, the 16-acre property, also known as ‘Dump-up Beach’, is to be transformed into a world-class recreational space with amenities that will be operated as a free access licensed public beach and multipurpose park.

The works will entail site filling and grading and support services, including electrical, sewerage, storm-water drainage and telecommunications.

There are also plans to widen the sidewalk and install new perimeter fencing along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard.

The park will feature soft and hard landscaping, a jogging trail, an outdoor amphitheatre, multipurpose courts, a children’s play area, food kiosks, a boardwalk and other amenities.

This project is being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and forms part of the agency’s Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme.

Up to December 2018 under the project, drawings, bill of quantities and tender documents have been completed; and stakeholder consultations have been ongoing.

The project is expected to end in March, 2021.