Brooks Park revival on the horizon
Brooks Park in Mandeville, once the premier park in central Jamaica, is slowly regaining some semblance of its old self after years of relative inactivity and degradation.
Once the home of the now internationally acclaimed annual Rebel Salute stage show, the park descended to a feeding pasture for cows in the 1990s, until businessman Tony James rescued and returned it to a usable level. In recent months, Brooks Park has evolved into a venue for family gatherings and wholesome entertainment. On Friday evenings, the park is reserved for community and family activities such as domino playing and other games.
Easter Monday, for instance, was a day of fun and games for the entire family at the park. The day ended with a gospel concert which was much appreciated by all who attended.
The man in charge of managing the facilities at Brooks Park, Dr Clifton Reid, said he hoped the park would become a breeding ground for community and family fellowship, as well as a place where young people can be engaged. This, he said, would be dependent on the level of input by the private sector.
- Angelo Laurence