The Esplanade Recreational Park and Botanical Gardens, situated in north- western New Amsterdam, is undergoing major rehabilitation work by the Mayor and Town Council of New Amsterdam.A view of the Esplanade Park in New Amsterdam. The Bandstand can be seen in the (right) foreground, and the Pavilion in the backgroundFinancing for this project, which is all part of the New Amsterdam Town Enhancement programme, has been made available by the Ministry of Social Cohesion.Thus far, extensive under-bushing of the area has been completed, and the perimeter drains have been dug. According to the Department of Public Infrastructure, the facility is to be fenced, and an arch is to be constructed. Among other work earmarked to be done are: fencing of the inner field of the facility; installation of 25 LED lights around the perimeter; construction of ten benabs, two ‘kissing bridges’, and a walkway, among other conveniences.The venue presently boasts a playground, pavilion, stand, a benab, a bandstand, and some sheds. There are also several concrete benches which were donated by the business community.When completed, the Esplanade Park is set to house an inner field and an outer track.Recently, the Town Council, through the Ministry of Communities, signed a $14 million contract with a Berbice contractor to do further extensive works at the facility.In 1998, under the mayorship of Businessman Errol Alphonso, the town became twinned with Midland Texas in the USA. During that exercise, the playfield was rehabilitated and a pavilion was built (named the Midland Ball Field and Pavilion).In the early 90s, the Council collaborated with the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam to develop the Esplanade Park.
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