The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), in partnership with the Island Beautification Task Force and presenting sponsor T Galleria by DFS, announced plans for the Give Us A Moment #GUAM Island Pride Beautification Event on June 27 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The event welcomes participation from throughout the tourism industry, all sectors of business, nonprofit organizations, groups, and individuals.
GVB and the IBTF, led by Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio, joined forces to establish an event that would ignite island pride through the beautification of Guam and to prepare for the reopening of Guam’s tourism economy beginning on July 1.
Former Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez, GVB President & CEO said: “This islandwide initiative is meant to create awareness and conversation about the current state of our Guam product and how it affects our quality of life and our tourism industry. We want this to be an inclusive and collaborative islandwide effort to beautify our home, promote island pride, and encourage our community to be directly involved in the success of Guam’s economic driver. It’ll be imperative that we confidently establish Guam as a clean and safe destination for visitors.”
This initial cleanup will help to determine a long-term maintenance solution for highway and islandwide beautification. GVB has identified major roadways and surrounding areas from around the island that will be cleaned on June 27 — Routes 1, 2, 2A, 4, and 34. Medians along San Vitores Road, JFK Hill, and Santos Hill will also be refreshed and painted.
“We have identified these key areas that would have the biggest impact on the overall cleanliness, appearance, and beautification around the island. We are astounded that groups and families have called GVB to adopt specific locations and areas that are outside of our initial plan. We welcome them and appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm to help clean up our island,” said former Gov. Gutierrez.
The IBTF is rallying government-wide support for the cleanup, which already has strong support from the Department of Public Works, Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR), 35th Guam Legislature, and the Mayors’ Council of Guam. As part of this effort, DPR will be engaging participants of its Adopt A Park program, who will be encouraged to perform cleanups on June 27.
Major beach parks are included in the program and will be assigned to agencies and volunteers:
· Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach Park)
· Matapang Beach Park
· Fort Apugan
· Latte Stone Park
· San Antonio Bridge/Sirena Park
· Fish Eye Park
· Inarajan Pools
· Fort Soledad
GVB Chairman of the Board Peter “Sonny” Ada noted: “We are impressed by the support we are receiving from the community. T Galleria by DFS has pledged a generous cash sponsorship that will be used to purchase the paint we need for the medians and the pavilions in the parks. We have received support from the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, Japan Guam Travel Association, Black Construction, Matson and the Adahi I Tano’ program, and the Lions Club. We can’t stress the importance of doing this for ourselves and to be sure our island is in top shape to welcome visitors to our shores.”
How to participate
GVB is making it easy for those interested to sign up. Businesses and groups can learn more by visiting guamvisitorsbureau.com or by sending an email to [email protected]
Interested individuals and groups can sign up to participate in the June 27 event by visiting https://bit.ly/GUAMBeautificationVolunteers.
GVB is also seeking sponsorship support for supplies, maintenance services, and refurbishment of park facilities. Information will be posted on all GVB’s Facebook (@guamvisitorsbureau) and Instagram (@visitguamusa) pages.