St Wil­liam Grant Park facelift wel­come

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: WHEN THE St Wil­liam Grant Park was fi­nally re­opened, I hur­riedly vis­ited the fa­cil­ity to wit­ness first-hand what im­prove­ments had been made. I had to use the lava­tory and went there first.

To my ab­so­lute amaze­ment, I was greeted with, “Good morn­ing, sir,” with a rather pleas­ant coun­te­nance from the at­ten­dant. In re­sponse to my ex­posed $50, she stated, “We only ask for a con­tri­bu­tion. How much are you con­tribut­ing?”

What! Only a con­tri­bu­tion? Look­ing on in dis­be­lief, I asked her if the $50 fee no longer ex­isted. She in­sisted, “Only a con­tri­bu­tion, sir.” Look­ing a pic­ture of pro­fes­sion­al­ism in her neat at­tire, con­stantly ut­ter­ing thank you and good morn­ing to all with whom she came into con­tact, the at­ten­dant oozed con­fi­dence.

My amaze­ment went up sev­eral notches as I en­tered the lava­tory. I am ac­cus­tomed to im­pec­ca­bly clean lava­to­ries at more up­scale lo­ca­tions. How­ever, ev­ery cor­ner of the space was so spot­lessly clean and smelled so good. On ex­it­ing, I felt like I had to con­trib­ute an­other $50 and told the at­ten­dant I liked what I saw and en­joyed the fa­cil­i­ties.


A group of fo­cused men and women clad in safety vests are the ar­chi­tects of the restora­tion process at the park. They work tire­lessly from as early as 7 a.m. to have the park ready for its early visi­tors.

They sweep ev­ery crevice and cor­ner of the fa­cil­ity to the ex­tent that the sur­face looks brand new. They go at it through­out the day to en­sure the park main­tains its flaw­lessly clean ap­pear­ance.

So sharp are the work­ers in the ex­e­cu­tion of their du­ties that no garbage of any sort is al­lowed to set­tle on the ground, as it is quickly ‘ar­rested’ and ‘de­tained’ in a large bag to be later dis­posed of.

The St Wil­liam Grant Park has the po­ten­tial of of­fer­ing a lot more to visi­tors than just a place for re­lax­ation and catch­ing up with friends. It has the ca­pac­ity to sur­pass in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in many re­spects. The fa­cil­ity caters to users within its prox­im­ity, but also at­tracts visi­tors from afar, in­clud­ing over­seas.

The vi­sion­ary mayor and her team was adamant that the park should of­fer users an ex­pe­ri­ence of sub­stance that will leave an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on them.

Thanks to Kingston Mayor An­gela Brown Burke, Ja­maicans will im­mi­nently be en­joy a world-class fam­ily park, spe­cially tai­lored for the fam­ily with themed ar­eas such as the Mo­saic space, Reg­gae Av­enue, the main fam­ily mon­u­ment, tuck shop, walk­ing trail, and lava­tory. With such a phe­nom­e­nal de­vel­op­ment, the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion is mak­ing an enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the restora­tion of down­town Kingston. Well done, Your Wor­ship. ER­ROL HAST­INGS in­tel­lec­t_snr@hot­

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