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| May 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

A new fence marks the area of the planned municipal training center (near Santa Inés, on your left as you are leaving Antigua going towards Guatemala City) photo: César Tián/Revue

A new fence marks the area of the planned municipal training center (near Santa Inés, on your left as you are leaving Antigua going towards Guatemala City) photo: César Tián/Revue

After much anticipation, the Antigua municipality is building a training center (Centro de Capacitación Municipal) at the entrance to the city—near Santa Inés. The center’s focus on weekdays will be on arts and skills for 9th graders, the diversity of classes include everything from baking to mechanical engineering. On weekends the facility will be open to university extension programs. As of this writing, rooms are under construction and sports and parking areas will be well accommodated

What’s all the talk about the much-needed parking lot in order to accommodate the growing numbers of cars and no place to park them.

Ah, yes. An additional area has been acquired for a parking lot! The municipal officials have already begun the archeological study of the property (a requirement) before any infrastructure begins. They will then, hopefully, use this area to accommodate additional parking for small vehicles and tourism vehicles when needed, particularly on weekends and holidays. Visitors may be bused to the historical center in tourism carts—a project also to be set up by Antigua’s municipal officials.

On a separate note…

The campaign to position Antigua within the World-Class Destination Program includes the planting of flowers along the highway between Antigua and Guatemala City; also plans are in place to add wide sidewalks and bike-paths, ciclovías, which will facilitate workers’ access to Antigua, the new training center and further enhance the entrance to town. This program is financed by Antigua’s finest hotels and tour operators, and funds provided by INGUAT.

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