Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer
Members of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation's (KSAC) Junior Council have a dream for the St William Grant Park in the heart of downtown Kingston.
Already the youngsters have planted trees in the park as part of a beautification project. Now they have set their sights on restoring the once majestic water fountain in the middle of the park.
The park, which was named after former labour activist William Grant in 1977, was once compared to others anywhere else in the English-speaking Caribbean.
But over the years, it has lost some of its luster despite recent efforts by the KSAC and others to maintain the beauty which was restored with a recent makeover.
For Jamilia Beckford, a member of the KSAC Junior Council, her mother has shown her pictures of how the park looked in its heyday.
According to Beckford, her mother showed her a picture she took beside the flowing fountain at a time when many persons travelled to the park to enjoy its beauty.
With that history lesson, the junior councillor has convinced her colleagues to start looking for support to restore the fountain.
Russell Barrett, the junior mayor of Kingston, is among those who have bought into Beckford's suggestion.
"Well, this is my last year, and I will surely bring this to the attention of the KSAC as this fountain is in the centre of the park, so it will really give persons another reason to enjoy the beauty of the park," said Barrett.
"There is always room for improvement, and I agree that it does need a facelift, but my term as mayor will be up soon," added Barrett.
Public relations officer at the KSAC, Jodi-ann James, encouraged the juniors to follow their dreams as she noted that the council would provide any support possible.
She said that the KSAC would support the Junior Council and if they venture on this initiative, the full support of the Local Government would always be available.
"Her Worship (Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke) has always supported the youth counsellors, and whatever project they choose, they will have the full support," said James.
"Development is always our main priority and Her Worship has always emphasised the development of downtown Kingston, so the fountain is one of the attractions and we will do everything to ensure that if they do embark on this project, it will be a reality."