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Portmore climate-change park taking shape

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 9:00 AM
A waterfall under construction in the Portmore-Hagen Climate Change Park.

Development of the proposed climate-change park slated for Portmore is going full speed ahead. Checks by The Gleaner revealed that phase one of the project, which started three months ago, is near completion.

Acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas, acknowledging that the project is one of the largest climate-change parks in Jamaica and possibly in the Caribbean, told The Gleaner that he was pleased with the progress of the work so far.

"This is a very huge project and, so far, phase one is near completion. You can see that the waterfall and the monument are almost completed. We are now doing the security wall around this vast acreage of land, then put on top soil and develop trail ways to complete phase one," Thomas disclosed.

"We are committed to the project because of its significance in this region in promoting climate change, given the kind of environmental conditions that we are prone to," he added.

Without giving a completion date, Thomas revealed that phase two - comprising the establishment of an observation tower, gazebos, wind turbines, concessionary stands and solar panels - is expected to begin as soon as phase one is completed.

He expressed his "extreme gratefulness" to the city and people of Hagen, Germany, for jointly financing the project with the Government of Jamaica.