The National Trust Visitor Centre in Little Cayman is now wheelchair accessible thanks to generous donations of money and time from members of the community.
District Chairman Gladys Howard appealed for financial aid during the National Trust Little Cayman Easter Auction held in April. Nine private individuals from the event pledged the necessary funds to have the work completed. To thank them for their efforts they will be recognized with a plaque at the entry to the ramp.
Ms Howard ordered the materials for the ramp and Robin Fite and crew handled the construction and installation. To complete the project, a team of National Trust staff and volunteers got together to paint the ramp.
‘We are so pleased to have this finished,’ said Ms Howard. ‘It has been long-needed for our local residents and our handicapped visitors. We have a wheelchair accessible viewing telescope which was donated by Brigette Kassa and now it will be a lot easier to enjoy it.’
The ramp was designed to match the existing look of the Visitor Centre at a cost of over $10,000. The final stage of painting the ramp and railings was accomplished by a group of Trust staff and volunteers who were visiting Little Cayman last month.
‘We were on a familiarization trip to Little Cayman and wanted to do something for the community,’ said Trust General Manager Frank Roulstone. ‘The ramp needed painting so we pulled up our sleeves and got it done.’
Trust staff also gave presentations to the Little Cayman School and visited historic and natural attractions.
The Little Cayman Visitor Centre is open Monday through Saturday, 9am to noon and 2pm to 6pm. It offers handmade jewellery, gifts and other retail items. Snacks, light refreshments and homemade ice cream are also available and can be enjoyed whilst experiencing the wonderful view of the Booby Pond Nature Reserve and its breeding colony of Red-footed Boobies.