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Bonaire says ayo to Flamingo’s Airport iconic tower, Washington Park says bon bini to a new birdwatching tower.


It’s often said that when a door closes, another opens, and thus it was with Bonaire this week. After 42 years of service, yesterday, Bonaire International Airport began the dismantling of its iconic and historic flamingo-pink control tower. But just last week, Washington Park officially opened the new birdwatching tower at Boca Slagbaai.

Bonaire says “ayo” to Flamingo Airport’s control tower.

After 42 years of service, the iconic Flamingo Airport tower comes down.

Time marches on, and progress must continue. And so, Bonaire is saying goodbye to its beloved flamingo-pink control tower at Bonaire International Airport. Yesterday, the tower, which has been in use for the past 42 years, was decommissioned, and dismantling began. Many are sad to see this iconic part of Bonaire’s aviation history go away, but the new control tower provides more safety as it complies with the Safety Standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and will be officially inaugurated in September.

Bonaire says “bon bini” to Washington Park’s new birdwatching tower.

But Bonaire has another new tower, just officially inaugurated last week by Lt. Governor Edison Rijna located in the area of Boca Slagbaai in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Lt. Governor Edison Rijna opens the new birdwatching tower in Washington Park, Bonaire.The construction material for the tower was sponsored by Cargill. The watchtower design was based on the Donkey Sanctuary watchtower and built by the Dutch Army with the help of Washington Slagbaai National Park rangers.

The watchtower, situated at the Saliña Slagbaai in the Washington Slagbaai National Park, will provide excellent birdwatching opportunities. Informational signs with bird photos were placed to assist visitors with easily recognizing the most common species of birds.

During the upcoming migration season, one can find 90 different species of birds, in addition to our popular flamingos, parrots, and parakeets.  Be sure to check out Bonaire’s new tower on your next visit to Washington Park.

So, although Bonaire’s newest tower in Washington Park cannot claim to be flamingo-pink, it can claim to give an excellent view of the pink flamingo!

(Source:  Bonaire International Airport, STINAPA)


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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