WILLEMSTAD- July 1, 2020 – At a get-together recently organized by the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), which coordinates the development of the Marie Pampoen Recreational Area, the Government of Curaçao officially transferred the sports complex’s management back into the hands of Fundashon pa Progreso Marie Pampoen. In 2015, the Government put the CTB in charge of developing the Marie Pampoen Recreational Area. The project is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Ministry of Traffic, Transportation and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Public Health, the Environment and Nature. Phase 1, which involved the construction of the western section, was completed in 2017. Phase 2 of the project—constructing of the sports complex—began in 2018 and has now been completed.
At the get-together, Mrs. Zita Jesus-Leito, representing the Ministry of Traffic, Transportation and Urban Planning signed a management agreement with the foundation. The Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Steven Martina, accompanied by the Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Urban PlanningMs. Zita Jesus-Leito, the Minister of Health, the Environment and Nature Mrs. Suzy Camelia-Römer, Mr. Hensley Koeiman, Minister of Social Development, Labor and Welfare (SOAW) and Mrs. Lizette Sambo-Velder representing the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports (OCWS) handed over the keys of the sports complex to the foundation represented by Mr. Andy Janga and Mr. Silvin Maduro.
Fundashon pa Progreso Marie Pampoen now has a new and modern sports complex at its disposal, including a building that can house an office, a snack bar, a terrace, dressing rooms and toilets. The complex also includes a multifunctional basketball, volleyball and mini soccer field, two “bolas criollas” (boules) fields and an artificial-grass soccer field. The CTB and its partners in this project wish to thank all visitors to the area, and especially the inhabitants of Marie Pampoen, for their patience and understanding in connection with any inconveniences during the construction phase. We are counting on the continued cooperation of all visitors to the area, to care for the area and keep it clean and enjoyable, both for our own community and for all visitors to the island.