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Heroes Park a diamond in the rough

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The northern end of National Heroes Park has been reduced to a dust bowl.
A man walks through an opening in the fence at National Heroes Park.

Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz has called for the Government to invest the more than $151 million slated for fencing National Heroes Park into the health sector instead.

However, this money is not merely for a single project, but is one segment of a multi-phase transformation of the massive recreational space into a $2.5 billion redevelopment programme that will see Heroes Park possibly rivalling Emancipation Park in the corporate business district of New Kingston.

With Heroes Park currently being hardly more than a car park and dust bowl, I support the planned rehabilitation 100 per cent.

Kingston badly needs this development if it is to rival other cities in the world. It could even become a tourist attraction.

The Heroes Circle vendors will finally get a dignified place to sell their boiled crabs and boiled and roasted corn and soup, with proper sanitary facilities in place. When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron visit Jamaica again as private citizens, they will note the development and perhaps partake of the offerings of the vendors.

True, the health sector is badly in need of funding, but as Mr Vaz knows, Government finds money to do what it wants.

Works Minister Dr Omar Davies and Desmond Malcolm, general manager of the Urban Development Corporation, are to be commended for putting together the development plan. Currently, the park is a diamond in the rough.

JOSEPH M. CORNWALL (Sr) Managing Director/CEO House of Tranquillity Funeral Home Ltd