Cleanup Continues – More ‘open spaces’ now in Georgetown


November 29, 2015 – Guyana Chronicle

 – as massive clean-up initiative moves rapidly apace

THE Guyana Government, working in collaboration with the Mayor & Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) and the citizens themselves, have shown tremendous dedication and commitment in working assiduously to restore Georgetown to its former glory as the ‘Garden City’.And following the formal launch of the much-touted ‘Green City’ initiative; and with assistance from businesses and volunteers, the City of Georgetown continues to be rid of eyesores.  

Over the past few months, a plethora of persons armed with tools were tearing down unwanted infrastructure and ridding drains and streets of garbage. These activities form part of the Government and M&CC’s plan to transform the city into an eco-friendly one.
Scores of volunteers have even joined in the clean-up initiative, which has spread to other parts of the country.

“We are restoring the ‘Garden City’ of our beautiful land. I came forward to help in restoring the city to what it was before. We trimmed trees, and now we are working on cleaning the parapets of all the main streets in Georgetown every day,” commented one of the volunteers, who identified himself as ‘Kimbia’.

Town Clerk Royston King, in a recent interview, has said that the Merriman Mall will soon be covered with grass, as the council seeks to create a healthy and green environment for citizens. He said plans are in place to refurbish and build play parks in the city.

“Right now, we are unfreezing the city’s environment by opening up green spaces. For instance, we are looking into building new parks for children, once the city has been restored to its former glory,” King revealed.

The M&CC is moving apace to ensure that the city borders perfection, and is working assiduously to enforce its “zero tolerance” approach to any compromise of the drainage system, or littering or any illicit activities taking place in Georgetown.

The demolition of derelict buildings also forms part of the M&CC’s plans in transforming the city to a green and eco-friendly one. The M&CC has already demolished the ramshackle Bedford school building which once nestled in the heart of the Bourda Market area, where it became a haven for criminal elements and a threat to the lives of vendors.

Following are scenes taken of the ongoing clean-up exercise to transform Georgetown into an eco-friendly City.

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  • Peter Gorinsky  On December 2, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Absolutely wonderful to see the facelift of Georgetown being taken seriously. Soon to be proud again as the ‘Garden City’ and a new standard to be retained in other garden towns of Guyana.

  • De castro  On December 2, 2015 at 2:24 am


    Well done

  • Gregory DeCastro  On December 2, 2015 at 8:28 am

    It is refreshing to see that pride in one’s environment is returning to my Native Land. It took the better part of one generation to restore that pride. What is even more inspiring, it is the young generation going through this transformation towards a city and country of which we can all be proud.

    Greg DeCastro

  • Deen  On December 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

    It’s indeed a joy to see that finally there are continued collaborative efforts to cleanup and restore the city of Georgetown. As a result of neglect and “don’t care a damn,” attitude by both past government and City Hall, Georgetown gradually deteriorated and decayed and was in a pitiful state with garbage littered all over the city. It’s gratifying, refreshing and we can now breathe a sigh of relief that effective management has curbed the decline and vigorously implemented a cleanup program. I applaud the government, the city council and all participating businesses and volunteers for doing a wonderful job. All institutions, schools, property owners and residents should get involved in the cleanup program. It’s a part of their civic duty and responsibility.

  •  On December 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    So great to see and hope it will continue as Georgetown as a city is unique in South America – bring back the Garden City. Tim Mew

  • HILARY SERRAO D  On December 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I hope that this Clean Up session will continue .

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I wish they would label the pictures for the Diaspora who have been out of the country for 50-years or more. The first pictures look like North Road – Church Street near Camp Street. – But then, I see Fatima Roman Catholic Church on North Road, near the Georgetown Cricket Club – that is further east of Camp Street. – Come to think of it, all the pictures look like they are around Vlissingen Road – that piece of real estate outside GCC looking towards the Botanical Gardens. So I am a little lost …. But not quite … it is Georgetown – well laid out city.

  • detow  On December 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Fantastic job of cleaning up Georgetown, congratulations to all who played, and continue to play, a part in the clean up. I hope that this effort is duplicated in other parts of Guyana. As was stated by a previous blogger it would be nice if the pictures could be labelled for those of us who have not visited recently.

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