Members of the public are being encouraged to observe essential changes at the Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve as phase two of the Coastal Risk Assessment Management Programme gets under way from Monday, April 15.
Manager of the popular Holetown, St. James beach facility, John Nicholls, said while the car park, beach front and beach picnic areas would be closed during work on the Holetown Waterfront Improvement Project, a number of amenities will remain open.
Those areas are: the lawn for picnics; the tennis and basketball courts; the bathroom facilities; the Children’s Play Park: the Interpretive/Visitors’ Centre; Souvenir and Snorkel Rental shops and the administration building.
The Snorkel Rental Shop and Souvenir Shop along with the administration building all benefitted from recently completed renovations and improvements which included air conditioning for the public’s convenience.
In addition, members of the public are advised that the Folkestone beach will be closed and lifeguards transferred to other beaches during the construction stage.
Project Manager, Rachael Worrell, explained that there would be pedestrian access only into the areas still open at Folkestone, and noted that there would be an orange wire mesh separating the public from the construction zone. There will also be limited parking to the right of the Folkestone Park entrance.
Ms. Worrell also gave the assurance that the contractor for the project, C.O. Williams Construction, would have personnel on hand to direct traffic, while there would also be National Conservation Commission Rangers on duty to assist visitors in accessing the open areas.
She added that service providers would also be allowed access to the open areas. Residents of villas at Church Point in Holetown, St. James will also be allowed access to their homes.
Members of the public are urged to comply with all traffic directions. Concerns and queries should be directed to the Coastal Zone Management Unit at 228-5950.