President Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, began work on the reconstruction of La Caleta Submarine National Park, for an amount of more than RD $395 million.
President Abinader said that as well as La Caleta Submarine National Park, other seafronts and coastal areas of the country are being recovered, and that through CEIZTUR they are helping tourist areas for a quick reaction of medium and low scale projects of government intervention, in order to improve infrastructures.
“Obviously with the numbers we have in tourism, that tells us that it is giving results and the projects and objectives we have set have been successful,” said the President of the Republic.
He also urged that society must be integrated in the projects to be implemented and ensure the care of the works.
David Collado highlighted the impact of this work as emblematic and symbolic, the entrance and exit of the city of Santo Domingo.
“Today we are here with you fulfilling our promise to attend to an old claim to rebuild this National Underwater Park, a special symbol of this entire area and of the country,” said Minister Collado.
The intervention will be developed in a general area of 119,925 square meters, within which a 2.74 kilometer promenade will be built, commemorating the countries of the Americas and the Caribbean, which includes the renovation of (45) monoliths, located at the exit of the Las Americas International Airport (AILA), along with approximately 20,000 square meters of plazas and internal paths in the park.
This includes the landscaping intervention throughout the park, always taking into account the conservation and preservation of the existing species belonging to this National Park. It will also include the construction of new pedestrian paths, parking lots, plazas, recreation areas, lookout points, a children’s recreation area, and a pergola module for vendors.
The execution of the work will be in charge of the Executing Committee of Infrastructures of Tourist Zones (CEIZTUR), for a total amount of RD$395,404,271.9, and will also include the construction of a service module, which will have offices, restrooms and Politur offices.
La Caleta National Underwater Park
It was established in 1986 in an effort to protect the underwater cultural and biological heritage present in the area. Within the park is the Taino Ethnological and Archaeological Museum, discovered on the beach in the 1970s, with an important collection of Taino artifacts.
On the seabed of La Caleta is the wreck of the frigate Nuestra Señora de Begoña.