The Nassau Guardian reports on the opening of new visitor facilities at the Bonefish Pond National Park in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) marked the globally recognized Earth Day by officially opening its boardwalk and viewing platform at the Bonefish Pond National Park on Cowpen Road yesterday afternoon.
BNT officials said the 600 feet of boardwalk and the viewing platform which provides access for snorkeling and kayaking cost more than $140,000.
In addition to building the boardwalk and viewing platform, the BNT has also improved the road leading into the park as well as cleaned up tons of debris that were dumped on the site.
Since the boardwalk structure was completed in January, BNT officials said it has made the park one of the most requested for educational field trips offered by the BNT’s educational department.
Since 2002 successive governments embarked on an aggressive campaign for the conservation of the environment. Since then, BNT officials said the size of the national park system has doubled.
The areas added to the existing protected areas included: Five new national parks on the island of Andros, the entire island of Little Inagua, Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park, the Primeval Forest National Park and the Bonefish Pond National Park.
Those protected areas increased the total protected area system in The Bahamas to 700,000 acres.
Read the complete report at the Nassau Guardian, and see the BNT website for more information about the national parks of The Bahamas.