From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi .
The Rattray Park, the multi-million dollar ultra-modern recreational centre commissioned in June 2015 in Kumasi, has been awarded on contract for upgrading.
The move, according to the Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, would enable the Assembly exploit the tourism potentials of the Metropolis.
The upgrading of the facility follows the approval of the Authority Committee and the General Assembly, for the Assembly to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the area of Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) and Renovate-Operate and Transfer (ROT), with the conviction that it will generate more revenue.
The contractor would provide other additional facilities such a swimming pool, a dome for weddings, a giant screen for people to watch live football matches, and ROT of two buildings, a Restaurant and Baron, for a period of 12 years.
The contractor would undertake the rehabilitation of the fountain, the provision of children’s play kits, changing of the grass at the children play ground to artificial surface, provide indoor games, and horse riding.
The rehabilitation is expected to enhance service delivery and increase patronage and the revenue base of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), while providing affordable recreational, physical and cultural opportunities for residents, with a focus on families, youth development and building healthy communities.
The park initially had features like an artificial lake, a modern stage for live performances, and a Wi-fi internet connectivity centre.
The 42,000 square-metre Rattray Park also has an acoustic dancing fountain, a six square-meter multimedia controlled fountain, children’s playground, a golf cart, an open robust gym, Wireless Internet Access, Parking Space and a cafeteria, among others.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the KMA, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, has said an audit report on the operations of the Rattray Park has been issued, and that those found culpable have been served to respond to queries raised.