The Lakeside Estates Marina Park at Ashale-Botwe, near Madina in Accra, has been officially commissioned at a ceremony attended by representative of the Ministry of Tourism, the Canadian High Commission and the Adenta Municipal Assembly.
The Managing Director of Lakeside Estates, Colonel Timothy Mbro Barnes (rtd), project represented the initial phase of what the company envisioned as Ghana’s version of a recreational, amusement and theme part on the lines of the world-famous Disney World.
The project, he stated, formed part of Lakeside’s social responsibility and would be undertaken with additional investment from current and other stakeholders. Adequate land, he said, had already been earmarked for the development of a first-class recreational resort, as well as amusement and theme parks that would meet the expectations of foreign visitors and local residents.
Mr. Kwabena Akyeampong, Deputy Minister of Tourism, who was guest of honour, observed that all over the world, amusement parks provided avenues for rejuvenating the citizenry from the stress and fatigue of their daily chores.
“Ghana urgently needs such facilities to enrich the lifestyle of its citizens,” he said, and indicated the Ministry’s support to the management of Marina Park in its efforts to create such facilities in the country.
Ms. Patricia Filteau, Commercial Counselor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian High Commission in Accra, stressed that “even as Ghana scrambled to fill a 1.5 million unit housing deficit, real estate developers and the country in general should not lose sight of the need to provide housing estates with attractive, affordable, safe and caring living environment where recreational facilities provide a comprehensive family experience.”
On her part, Ms. Nubyl Kakra Vanlare, affirmed that stress-related diseases and deaths were on the increase in Ghana, on account of “people being so busy chasing wealth that they hardly have time to relax and due to a growing addiction to junk food.”
Ironically, she said, as stress-related diseases took their toll in rising numbers of deaths, funerals now appeared to be the only time when Ghanaians were able to interact with their friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
Ms Vanlare told the gathering that the Adenta Municipal Assembly was collaborating with its sister-city, Worcester in the U.K., on a number of business and development projects for the municipality, and that the Marina Park had hosted a five-member trade delegation from Worcester, she appealed to business concerns in the municipality to support the assembly in its efforts to accelerate social and economic development.
Among those present at the ceremony were Mr. Salah Kalmoni, Director; Dr. Kwame Gyamfi, Chairman, Mr. Prince-Joseph Ayiku, Deputy Managing Director; and Mr. Lawrence De-Souza, Marketing Manager.