NCC chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peters

What once was a bone of contention has been given the nod of approval. The North Park will officially become Pan City on Sunday and officials of Pan Trinbago are pleased with its new design which was overseen by them.

“We are excited about Pan City, we are very excited about Pan City. It’s all about collaboration, it’s all about cooperation and we work together as a dynamic team with NCC,” said Pan Trinbago President Beverley Ramsey-Moore.

“Yes we were all a part of it and so we work together as a team, we gave our inputs and we are satisfied with the end products.”

While the design for the North Park is new, the set up will be familiar to patrons using the North Stand as the separated tents have been replaced with one large covered area.

“The key changes is just a continuation instead of a division of the different stands we were having, we just have a long continuation of everything. That, Pan Trinbago believes, will make it more easily accessible to people attending on their part, so we acceded,” said National Carnival Commission (NCC) chairman Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters.

Ramsey-Moore said the area is also closer to the stage, which should allow the audience to be more engrossed in the performances.

“The space, they are now up close to the stage, so when you come here to have a good time, it’s one where that friendliness and togetherness that comes from being just in our panyard and around our national instrument, definitely we’ll have that friendliness and connectedness and that is what Pan City allows, “Ramsey-Moore said.

Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby Dolly also praised the design, while pointing out the versatility of the space which she described as “especially more pleasing from the Grand Stand.”

“What used to happen a lot is that we’d have to block off the North Stand when it was not being used. But the design of it is more pleasing when you look across. In addition to that, you get to use the space. You would see that Kes is happening, you would see the big fete before Soaka happening here, Army, you would see Brass Bacchanal happening here, so the versatility and diversity of the use of the space is one of the greatest gains in changing the design from the traditional North Stand to the North Park area,” she said.

Patrons of Pan City will pay a familiar price for entry, with tickets costing $300.