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TaiwanICDF assists St. Kitts and Nevis to build new landmark for Caribbean tourism – the grand opening of the coastal recreational park

TaiwanICDF assists St. Kitts and Nevis to build new landmark for Caribbean tourism – the grand opening of the coastal recreational park

Saint Kitts and Nevis is combined of the Island of St. Kitts and the Island of Nevis, which is abundant in natural resources. In order to promote the tourism industry, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) has assisted the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis to build the coastal recreational park near the Pinney’s beach at the west side of the Nevis since 2019. The park is designed to be environmental-friendly and supportive to local development. After 3 years of construction, people in St. Kitts and Nevis witnessed the first coastal scenery park’s grand opening on December 19, 2021. The 3-day opening event including the movie night and the trade fair, which brightened the economy for the post-pandemic recovery.

On the opening ceremony, Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation of the Federation and Premier of Nevis, said that the “Malcolm Guishard Recreational Park” (official name of the park) shows the fruitful result of the technical cooperation between St. Kitts & Nevis and Taiwan, and it is an important development project for the Nevis government, which is highly anticipated by local people and communities as well. The TaiwanICDF’s Mandarin teacher instructed 17 students of St. Kitts and Nevis to give Mandarin speeches and sing Mandarin songs, which was acclaimed by the guests.

The 3-day opening event was quite successful. Particularly during the Taiwan Movie Night, several hit films were played, including “Jump Ashin!”, “Panay” and “Black Bear Forest” and received enthusiastic responses from the local people. We believe that in the future, the “Malcolm Guishard Recreational Park” can boost growth of local tourism industry and become the most prestigious green recreational resort in the Caribbean region.

The park covers 3 hectares with the highest peak of Nevis in the background, starting from the visitor center and extending all the way to the beach. Visitors could stroll between the native giant tree plank area, winding flower corridor trail and outdoor amphitheater, all the way down to Pinney’s beach. Since visitors can enjoy the views of mountains, grasslands and sea all at once, the park has become a new attraction spot filled with enriched local elements. The park also incorporates the spirit of sustainable development, for instance, greening the viewing platform of the visitor center’s roof. The heat-insulating skylight panel is installed for indoor cooling and electricity saving could help achieve the goal of energy saving and carbon reduction. Furthermore, a surface water (rainwater) recycling and irrigation system was built in the outdoor amphitheater to give full play to the value of sustainable circulation. In addition, the TaiwanICDF has also turned the children’s impression of Taiwan and St. Kitts & Nevis into a landscape installation art with painted bricks collage wall outside the visitor center, being a good witness for the 38-year friendship between Taiwan and St. Kitts & Nevis.

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  • Date:2022/1/5