Cabinet Minister Arden McLean announced Friday that the Government would construct a park in George Town, either at the site of the Tower Building after it is demolished, or at what is now a parking area behind the Public Library.
Regardless of whether the park ends up at the Tower Building site, Mr. McLean stated no new building would go there because of the Government’s desire to create ‘green areas’ in George Town.
It is a bold and forward-looking move by the Government, and one we applaud.
Putting some green areas back in George Town will improve the quality of residents’ lives, and improve the experiences of our tourists.
For many cruise ship visitors, George Town’s landscape offers the first impression of our country. Right now, that landscape is not too impressive with many unremarkable buildings, poor pedestrian walkways and little in the way of tropical foliage to interrupt a very urban-looking setting.
Putting some green back into George Town is a step in the right direction of making our capital more attractive.
Plans to extensively renovate two waterfront buildings – the Anchorage Centre and the West Wind Building – will also help.
There are also plans in the works to beautify Fort Street to make it more inviting to pedestrians.
Both of those projects will also add green to George Town, giving some relief to the overwhelming grey tones of what has become our own concrete jungle.
Cayman might be the fifth largest financial centre in the world, but we should never lose sight that we’re also a Caribbean Island. And, as our National Song attests, we’re supposed to have a verdant island set in the blue Caribbean Sea.
It is therefore commendable that the Government would have the foresight to recognise the need for more green in George Town, and the fortitude to designate a very valuable plot of land just for that purpose.
This is a decision that will not only enrich lives now, but will also offer tangible benefits for generations to come.
We hope Government will look even further into the issue of beautifying the entire area of central George Town so that its aesthetical appeal can complement its financial standing on the world stage.