By Lori Lyn Lirio
IN A bid to make the Northern Mariana Islands Museum History of Culture more accessible to the public soon, a plan to put up an overpass that will connect the museum grounds to the nearby Sugar King Park is now “on the table.”
Museum Executive Director Danny Aquino said Saipan Mayor David Apatang and his office are in charge of the plan and the design of the walkway.
“We are trying to incorporate the Sugar King Park together with the museum grounds to have one big cultural festival show. It will happen sometime in August,” Aquino said in an earlier interview.
“We are trying to secure funding for a walkway, or the overpass that passes through the Sugar King Park – that is how we are going to incorporate cultural presentations for the public,” he said, adding “it is dangerous to have people walking across the street.”
The museum has not officially been in operation but it is open to guests and students who want to visit the building.
The landscaping job on the museum ground is currently ongoing.
When it is done, Aquino said they will establish a Chamorro and Carolinian Cultural Center within the grounds in order to generate revenue for the museum. They will put up 15 huts for vendors, who will sell local Chamorro and Carolinian products.
Aquino said the cultural center to be put up will be different from the Thursday night Street Market, saying they will strictly focus on Chamorro and Carolinian products. He also disclosed that the board will meet on the admission rates in the museum as they plan to put fences at the entire perimeter of the museum.
“This is to protect the huts from vandalism.”