You may have noticed a lot of construction going on in the island's capital, particularly with sidewalks being ripped up and replaced with red bricks. This is part of the Department of Parks and Recreation's Guam Heritage Walking Trail.
Over eight years ago a private organization known as the Hagatna Foundation came up with the idea of creating a historical walking trail that would connect historical sites throughout the island's capital village. Today the members of that group are beginning to see their idea come to fruition as the Parks & Rec has already begun construction on this historical walking trail.
Hagatna Foundation board member Joanne Brown told KUAM News, "Sometimes when you watch the evening news it's all the things that are going wrong on Guam but for us to watch this and be a part of it it's wonderful to see there's a lot of good things happening on Guam."
GovGuam and the Hagatna Foundation broke ground on the project back in May, but now construction is in full swing. Parks & Rec director Joe Duenas says the U.S. Department of the Interior provided GovGuam with $1.4 million for its Heritage Trail. "The design calls for red paver bricks," he said. "We're looking at staining some of the concrete and clearly you would see a path that goes from Fort Apugan down to Angel Santos Park through Skinner Plaza through Sirena Bridge it wraps around the coastline of the Paseo goes across to Chief Quipuha Park."
Trail encompasses a total of 17 historical sites ending at the Naval Cemetery. Along the trail you will find new concrete benches, concrete trash bins, new signs, better lighting and even some shelters for vendors. The whole idea of the trail is to create more cultural and historical attractions for Guam's tourists. Hagatna Foundation member Bert Unpingco says that they hope projects like this historical walking trail will not only entice tourists to come to Guam but also to stay a bit longer.
"What I discovered in 45 years of tourism experience is that whatever that we can do to make the community a good place to live to work to play and a safer place to be that's the same atmosphere created to attract quality tourism." Said Unpingco.
GovGuam and the Hagatna Foundation are hoping to hold a ribbon-cutting either by the end of this year or the beginning of the next.