KINGSTON: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill (right) and Minister of State for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford (centre), enjoy a short raft ride on the Rio Grande River, expertly guided by rafter Leroy Miller. The occasion was the handing over of the newly renovated Berrydale Jetty, which is the embarkation point for Rio Grande River rafting. The ribbon cutting and handing-over ceremony took place on April 2.
The $2.8 million upgrading project included the replacement of damaged gabion baskets, construction of concrete steps and installation of protective boulders, making it safer for passengers to board the rafts.
The Berrydale Jetty is one of four Portland projects recently rehabilitated through funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of over J$48 million. The other projects include the upgrading of the Neville Antonio Park, the Berrydale Road and the Portland Craft Village. The projects were managed by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo).