The upgrade and enhancement of the Derek Walcott Square has moved into its first phase.
The project, which is expected to reshape downtown Castries, will be the first and largest ever redevelopment project undertaken on this historic landmark.
The initiative is being funded by the World Bank, under the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project.
The first phase is scheduled to last for six (6) weeks and will include demolition of perimeter walls, minor landscaping and beautification works and sidewalk improvement while maintaining the existing parking spaces.
The Derek Walcott Square upgrade will enable the facility to serve as a main recreation area, accessible to all members of the public.
The second phase of the project will see the placing of monuments at key locations for unobstructed viewing and the creation of a clear green space to facilitate performances and picnics.
In addition, it will include the relocation of the exiting fountain, allowances for seating and diverse vending, and the strategic placement of a bust of Sir Derek Walcott to greet visitors to the square.