The newly refurbished Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra has temporarily closed its doors to the public, a few days after it was inaugurated by the President.
According to a press statement signed by the Acting Director of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Mr. Edward Quao the park is closed from midnight on Friday, July 7, 2023, until Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
The closure according to the notice, aims to facilitate final preparations for the commercial operations of the park, ensuring an exceptional visitor experience.
Expressing regret for any inconvenience caused, Mr. Quao emphasized the park’s commitment to exceeding the expectations of both the local community and visitors.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we are committed to delivering a remarkable experience that exceeds the expectation of the community and visitors,” the acting Director said in a statement.
Situated on the former polo grounds in Accra, where Ghana’s independence was famously declared, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park houses the remains of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah.
After an extensive refurbishment project costing $3.5 million, the park is now ready to showcase its enhanced features.
During a commissioning ceremony on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo unveiled the redeveloped park, marking a significant milestone in preserving the legacy of Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
The president highlighted the new additions and upgrades that have transformed the park into a modern and engaging space.
Among the notable facilities are a presidential library, receptive facility, mini-amphitheatre, restaurant, freedom wall, and a digitalized payment and access system.
The mausoleum, where the revered leader and his wife rest, has been fully refurbished, with the tombstone receiving an upgrade. To enrich the visitor experience, the museum has expanded, featuring an immersive audiovisual tunnel that offers a deeper understanding of Ghana’s history.
President Akufo-Addo lauded the efforts of all those involved in the refurbishment project, expressing his pride in the transformed park.
“The Park now has facilities including a presidential library, receptive facility, mini-amphitheatre, restaurant, freedom wall, and a digitalised payment and access system. The mausoleum has also been fully refurbished, with the tombstone upgraded, and the museum expanded with an audiovisual tunnel,” President Akufo-Addo said.
For tourists, content creators and travel enthusiasts who wish to pay their respects and explore the historical significance of the park, it is recommended to plan visits after the temporary closure, starting from Tuesday, July 11, 2023.