Parliament Square is a closed square
Called Parliament Square, this area was widely spoken of as a public space, and was created with the use of tax-payers dollars, to the tune of some $40 million dollars. But according to the Minister of Housing and Water, under whom the park was developed, the government has a policy governing use of the space, but that policy was never made known. Minister Ali said that the Park has been used on some occasions but under certain conditions. He said that there needed to be a way to protect the Park, and made reference to members of the public who once used the space to protest.
The Park was officially opened in December 2012, with President Donald Ramotar saying it can serve as one aspect of what he termed “Educational Tourism.” The Park, called Parliament Square, is located at the head of Brickdam, Georgetown’s oldest street, and is part of what the Housing Minister has called the Brickdam Renewal Plan. The Park was created at the site of the dismantled Statistical Bureau building. The Park is fenced and manned by security personnel.
The square was intended to be used for family recreation, poetry nights, and steel pan competition among other activities.