Facelift for New Seville Heritage Park
Published: Friday | October 2, 2009
Jesús Silva (left), Spanish ambassador to Jamaica, greets Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, before the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and the Spanish Jamaica Foundation. The signing took place at Grange's New Kingston office yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
One of Jamaica's historical monuments will get a facelift through a partnership between the Spanish Jamaica Foundation and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
The Seville Heritage Park in St Ann will be enhanced with the installation of a centre for historical exhibition at the new Seville Heritage Park.
This was revealed at the signing of a memorandum of under-standing where Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, welcomed the impending development.
Grange said she believes this will add another component to Jamaica's tourism package.
"This collaboration will take us a step closer to the development of a first-class heritage education and tourism attraction that has the necessary management systems in place to ensure the preservation of the authenticity and integrity of the site," she said.
Grange pointed out that this addition to Jamaica's tourism product would contribute to economic alternatives for the island.
She said the improvement of the site would facilitate its progression from placement on the tentative list of the World Heritage Committee to the World Heritage List.
The refurbishment will include the restoration of the plantation and coach houses, the stabilisation of the Spanish Castle site, the placing of appropriate signage and the improvement of the access road as well as a conservation plan.
Seville is located outside the parish capital of St Ann's Bay and is known for its historical authenticity.
The park is known for its richness of historical encounters with cultural artefacts from Taino, Spanish, British and African influences.