Neighbourhood Beautification Project Underway

March 7, 2016

Over the weekend residents of Horseshoe Road cleaned up their neighbourhood as part of a new beautification project managed by the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA]. Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB], Almeida’s Landscaping, SAL and Butterfield & Vallis are among the other partners.

The work on Horseshoe Road is a pilot, the first of a three-part programme to support neighbourhoods that want to beautify their public roadways.

The BTA is managing the project with a focus on neighbourhoods near popular visitor attractions. In this case, Horseshoe Road’s proximity to Horseshoe Bay Beach qualifies it for consideration.

More than two dozen volunteers – most of them residents of the neighbourhood – rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

Horseshoe Road cleaned up Bermuda March 6 2016 (1)

Horseshoe Road organizer Lee Tucker said: “Our neighbourhood and the surrounding area was known as the Gold Coast of Bermuda.

“This project is a great opportunity for our residents to come together and ensure it once again is beautified and maintained to the standards we know it should and can be. This weekend was a great demonstration of our pride and sense of community.”

Along with residents in the area, Southampton Rangers Sports Club brought volunteers and resources to the project.

“This is a great initiative by the BTA and KBB,” said Gerri Saltus, club president. “It was a great cross-section of people, including our members and players. More people need to take pride in their neighbourhoods. We are proud to take part in this pilot programme.”

The BTA will be working with other neighbourhood groups to facilitate additional clean-up projects.

Karla Lacey, COO of the BTA said: “The BTA is proud to bring together the resources of the private sector and community-minded residents to make this a reality.

“If the remainder of this pilot programme continues as enthusiastically as what we experienced this weekend I think we can have a tremendously positive impact across the island.”

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  1. Overtime? says:

    While I appreciate the effort, I must say this falls way outside of the BTA Scope. I’d imagine W&E can do this at the request of BTA?

    How much overtime did the BTA Organizers get to assist?

    I’m not certain what budgetary guidelines are set forth for BTA, but some of their initiatives seem very left field.

    • My 10 cents says:

      Seriously, OT?
      Maybe do a little research on what this program is all about before going into instant downer-mode and spouting off negatives.

      Geezus, it’s never enough for people like you, is it?

    • A Bermudian says:

      The Bermuda Tourism Authority’s job is to increase tourism in Bermuda and improve “the tourist experience”. Horseshoe Bay is one of the top beaches in the world. Many tourists drive through this neighbourhood to get to the beach. BTA’s project is to beautify local areas for the tourists, but it seems that the locals get to benefit too. Why rely on Government to do everything for us? We know they don’t have the budget to support everything they may have done for us in the past. I’m pretty sure it’s the property owner’s responsibility to keep his hedges cut back, not Government. I think this is a great idea to encourage neighbours helping neighbours. If this pilot reflects what one neighbourhood can do, just think if this spreads to every neighbourhood in Bermuda. It would be fantastic. If this takes off, people will have two choices: sit on your backside and complain….or join in and volunteer.

  2. it@it says:

    Well done, all.

  3. Widget says:

    Thumbs up to all who participated. I don’t live in your parish but had I known I would have joined in for a few hours.

    Congratulations and great job, we need to see more of this around the island….

  4. Hmnmm says:

    Congratulations. However, I would say that in generations past, this would of been done by residents without being managed by anyone.

    Shows how things have really changed. Pride in our country has been replaced by entitlement and greed.

  5. Terry says:

    I don’t care what anyone says.
    This is Government property next to the Southampton Rangers correct?
    Don’t see the drugies and drunks there helping clean up their mess.
    As Hmnmm states times have changed.

    Oh well…