Walter Plantz Square opens Saturday

POSTED: 09/18/15 12:02 PM

walter plantz square 20150910The Walter Plantz Square in Philipsburg. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

Great Bay -St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies will be rolling out the Walter Plantz Square to the public Saturday starting at 7 a.m. Windward Roads delivered the project on time and the Harbour calls this part of Down Street the Cruise Heritage Development. This square will attempt to bring live in the Philipsburg area during the night hours and stimulate local businesses.

The approximately $2 million project entailed the construction of six cabanas to be used for a bar/restaurant, the selling of arts and crafts and other tourist related goods; toilet/bathroom facilities; lockers; the square will be disabled accessible; parking for five taxi’s; and one of the main features will be a water fountain. The new square will also have 24-hour security. According to the Harbour group, the square will be fully equipped for local musicians, artists and bands with a ‘plug and play entertainment’ feature. Entertainment is an important part of heritage square which will also feature a stage, speakers and a generator. The plans for the Down Street Cruise Heritage Development go back to 2008 when the Walter Plantz Tender Jetty materialized. Studies carried out pointed to this being the best concept for the Down Street area. At the time, CEO of the Harbor group, Mark Mingo said that the support services to be offered by the Down Street Cruise Heritage Development are necessary in order to drive business from cruise tourists and locals to this part of the Great Bay beach and Down Street area.

Each cabana will be named after one of the island’s beaches. Cultural and heritage organizations will have the opportunity to showcase to guests and locals what the island is all about and the harbor looks forward to these groups making use of the opportunities that will be presented by having heritage square at the cross roads of Down Street. The tender jetty was named after Walter Plantz a former fisherman. The harbor group is connecting back to the heritage of the country and being part of that awareness building,” CEO Mark Mingo said.

The harbor will be having fun games and performances throughout the day on Saturday, to signal the opening of the square. The public is invited to come and enjoy the new location and the harbor group hopes that the public will accept the square as Philipsburg latest big attraction.

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