JIS News

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Environment, Devon Rowe, has informed JIS News that a two-phased $37.7 million renovation project, which began at National Heroes Park in September, was well advanced.
Mr. Rowe said that the project was currently in phase two, with bids for the erection of a perimeter fence recently put to tender.
“We are now seeking approvals for the contract to be awarded. Phase one of the project has been completed, which includes the 2.4 hectare car park adjacent to the Ministry of Finance and Planning,” the Permanent Secretary informed.
Funding for this phase of the redevelopment is being provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), $25 million; the Ministry of Local Government and Environment, $8 million; and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, $4.7 million.
The TEF was established last year, funded by fees collected from international tourists. The funds are to be used in a prudent manner to finance projects that are intended to enhance the tourism product.
Mr. Rowe said that, “one of the fundamental reasons for the redevelopment of the park is to make it more user friendly” for the public, giving it the air of opulence befitting a final resting place for great Jamaicans.