Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 7th 2013 Contents Workers build the structure to accommodate a zip line at the Macqueripe beach facility, Chaguaramas
yesterday, as developmental work continued by the CDA which will today launch the projects which includes
the second phase of the popular boardwalk. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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Intrepid visitors to Macqueripe
should be able to try out the new zip
line there today, says the Chaguaramas
Development Authority (CDA).
The car park at Macqueripe has been
closed to facilitate enhancements,
including the installation of the new
zip line and a canopy walk.
The Ministry of Planning and Sus-
tainable Development, in conjunction
with the authority, will also turn the
sod for another phase of the Chaguara-
mas boardwalk development plan today
at 10 am at Williams Bay.
After that, guests at the ceremony
have been invited to Macqueripe for
what the authority described as "the
ceremonial first zipping."
Zip lining, the CDA explained in a
press release, "allows users to soar high
above the ground while attached to a
suspended overhead cable. Participants
will be able to traverse from point to
point as they take in some of the most
breath-taking views of the north-west-
The zip line and canopy walk are
being offered in conjunction with ZIP-
ITT Adventure Tours, and the CDA
said they would be run under interna-
tionally certified conditions.
The zip line is part of a plan to make
Macqueripe Bay a destination for eco-
tourists. Its construction was part of
Phase Two in the development of the
The boardwalk development will fea-
ture rock-climbing facilities, a miniature
golf course, vending zone, children s
play park and family recreational facil-
Phase One of the boardwalk was
completed in May 2012 at a cost of $6
million and took seven months to com-
The beach remains open to visitors
during the refurbishment and the car
park will be reopened on Sunday.
But president of the Macqueripe Early
Morning Swimmers Association, jour-
nalist Lennox Grant, yesterday admitted
to being indifferent to such enhance-
Grant, who heard about the zip line
from the CDA, said its construction
did not affect the swimmers associ-
"The infrastructural changes occur-
ring in the name of development do
not meet the needs of the swimmers,"
"We are indifferent to the enhance-
ments. They want to make money and
we re not knocking that. If people want
to zip line, that s cool, it doesn t get in
He said there were other issues that
needed attention, but the CDA man-
agement was uncommunicative and
had ignored several issues the associ-
ation had raised in the past.
"They want to hold all the cards. Zip
lining does not address our concerns,
we are swimmers," Grant said.
He explained that spearfishing by divers was a
serious problem his weekly group of swimmers
faced, as underwater divers could accidentally shoot
CDA unveils more features at Macqueripe...
Zip line goes into operation today
at people in the water.
"The CDA said they cannot prohibit spearfishing,
but it presents a mortal danger for us," he said.
Grant said the CDA had a sign on the beach
which banned spearfishing, but had told the swim-
mers association they could not enforce the rule.
The sign is no longer there.
He said the stance the CDA seemed to be taking
was that it was not the authority s problem, as
their responsibility ended at the shoreline and any-
thing beyond that was in the jurisdiction of the
"It s an unnerving thing to see a figure two feet
below you with a speargun who can mistake you
for a fish...It s not a danger we should face," he
Grant said the CDA had always been uncom-
municative to the association s letters of complaints,
many of which remained unanswered.
"We have been fighting with the CDA for years
and years," he said.
As an example, he said when the price to park
April, the association complained to the CDA but
no one responded.
"They ignored us completely," he said.
Grant said he wanted better communication
from the authority.
Calls to the CDA s corporate communications
office were not returned yesterday.
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