Apia Waterfront to be launched Tuesday

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi will launch the Apia Waterfront Events Space, Clock Tower Boulevard and Volleyball Courts, on Tuesday afternoon.

A plaque will be unveiled, and the three new spaces will officially be opened to the public. 

There will be a night market at the event’s lawn in front of the Government Building from 4pm till 9pm to celebrate the opening.

The Silver Bullet Band will perform, alongside cultural performances and singing by Ben Petana and others. 

At the opening, the speakers include the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure Chief Executive Officer, Magele Hoe Vial, Prime Minister Tuilaepa, New Zealand High Commissioner, Trevor Matheson, and Chinese Ambassador, Chao Xioaliang.

The Apia Waterfront Development Project began in 2015, and the official plan was launched in 2017. It is a long term strategic plan to develop the waterfront’s economic and social use.

The Waterfront Plan 2017-2026 lays out the vision for the waterfront as a space for more community use, local business, education and culture.

The plan is divided into four areas: Mulinuu Waterfront, which has been proposed as a space for historical site tourism, a natural sciences centre and a mangroves boardwalk leading towards Vaiusu Bay. 

Apia Waterfront Central refers to the space between Savalalo market and the Samoa Tourism Authority cultural village. The vision includes a safe swimming lagoon, performance and picnic spaces, and playgrounds for children, some of which have been built and will be opening tomorrow.

The plan includes a central park in Eleele Fou (behind the Government building) which could have sporting grounds, and retail spaces, among other idea.

When the plan was released in late 2016, Tuilaepa called for “open minds,” from the public. Tomorrow will be the first look at one of many developments planned for the area.

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