Families in the Spotts Newlands
area now have a community park to call their own.
Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise
members officially opened the Cecile Crighton Community Park Tuesday evening
with a small ceremony on Chime Street and Mocking Bird Crescent.
Named out of regard of its donor
Rex Crighton, the park hosts a number of playground necessities for families to
have somewhere to go and something to do.
The park’s design features a
variety of sitting areas, tables and benches, trees and landscaping, swings, barbecue pit, restrooms basketball
court, pathways and a large playground.
At the event, Rotary Sunrise
members were excited to announce the completion of the community park for those
in the area, after having completed its first park project for the club. Rotary
Sunrise Director Kim Remizowski and Rotarian Claude Myles thanked those
involved and invited guests for their participation.
Honorary Rotarian Margaret
Ramsay-Hale was exceptional pleased with the efforts that everyone had put into
creating the park for the families in the area.
“Community parks are recognised as
an important part of community building and provide for a collection of residents
to come together and share with each other,” she said. Becoming emotional at
times as she expressed her appreciation and heartfelt thanks that something was
being done in the community, which she held so dear and had raised her
children, despite the scene of a personal attack on her own family, she was
happy to call this place home.
In her address, she also voiced her
concerns of crime in the community and island-wide. She even made mention of
some defendants appearing in her courtroom from as young as 12-years-old. Most
of the youths, she said, don’t feel a part of the community and embrace the
values and respect of each other. She said she remembered when everybody looked
out and parented each others’ children. The park, she said, provides for a collection
of residents to come together and share with each other.
“By coming together each generation
can share and look out for each other and in that sense of rebuilding we build
back our community,” she said.
Police Commissioner and Honorary
Rotarian David Baines said it was an ideal setting for families.
“The place is designed for
youngsters to let off steam and for people to be exuberant and fully enjoy
themselves,” he said. “We don’t fear the sounds of young people shouting,
screaming and running round if it is in a place like this; what we do fear is
when it is not in a controlled or safe environment or a place where we do not
expect it to be coming from.”
He said most of the times when
youngsters were asked why they got into trouble and mischief, often enough the
answer was they have nothing to do or nowhere to go. He said the park addressed
both those issues and most definitely provided an opportunity for something to
do and somewhere to go.
Commissioner Baines also said he
hoped the place would be fully exploited by the youngsters in the area and
would have the noise and confusion that comes from young people happy at play
and families enjoying themselves.
During the brief ceremony
Rotary Director Frank Balderamos also encouraged parents to get their children
involved in the club’s youth photo competition; A day in the life of the Cayman
Islands, the literacy programme and community involvement.