The Harmony Beach Park, in Montego Bay, St. James, developed at a cost of $1.3 billion, was officially opened by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Friday, May 21.
Among the amenities on the 16-acre park are 132 parking spaces, restroom facilities, an activity centre, a jogging trail, a promenade along the beach, and a multipurpose court. There will also be closed circuit (CCTV) cameras, free WIFI access as well as foot patrols.
In his address, the Prime Minister said that Harmony Beach Park represents the future of urban development in Jamaica and embodies what is on the horizon for urban planning and the commitment of the Government to introduce more green spaces in communities.
The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government is cognizant of the fact that development must be sustainable to offer long-term benefits.
For his part, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams said the opening of the park augurs well for the city, “not only because of the value which it will add to the tourism product, but it will also improve the social lives of our citizens and foster positive interactions.”
The mayor also pledged the support of the St. James Municipal Corporation in ensuring that Harmony Beach Park becomes a sought-after attraction and that there is respect for the rules and regulations governing the facility.
Executive Director of the TEF, Dr. Carey Wallace, who brought remarks on behalf of Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett said that Harmony Beach Park stands out among the projects funded by the TEF.
The project was undertaken by the UDC at the area formerly known as Dump Up Beach. It had a name change after a ‘Name the Park’ competition was held by the UDC and the TEF in August last year.
Funding was provided by the TEF, the IDB and the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.