After years of discussion, work has begun on a new parking lot behind the Bodden Town Mission House.
When completed, the parking lot, built on government crown land off Ena Close on Anton Bodden Drive, will create 97 new parking spaces for visitors attending functions at Harry McCoy Sr. Community Park, off Gun Square.
A 12-foot-wide, 430-foot-long footpath will connect the parking lot to the park and other historical sites in the area.
Work will be completed in time for the Pirates Week Bodden Town Heritage Day activities in November, according to Edison Jackson, senior engineer at the National Roads Authority.
“There is very limited space on … Cumber Avenue and Gun Square Road, and, when they do anything on Heritage Day or any other times, there is always a problem with parking,” said Mr. Jackson.
Bodden Town Heritage Committee member Betty Wood said the idea of a walkway from Anton Bodden Drive to the Harry McCoy Park had been discussed for years.
“Traffic congestion and finding a place to park on Cumber Avenue and Gun Square during events keeps a lot of people from attending,” she said.
Mrs. Wood said they specifically asked for a walkway and not a vehicular road so as to minimize the impact on nesting birds, animals and flora and fauna in the area.
Since starting the work last week, National Roads Authority workers encountered a swarm of bees, which put a temporary halt to the work. “We got rid of the bees and the project is back on track,” Mr. Jackson said.
He said once land clearing and excavation work is complete, the property will be filled and sealed with spray and chip, and 24-inch culverts will be installed in the parking lot.