Residents get down and dirty for cleaner streets

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The Bodden Town Historical Committee has an agenda and that is to get the oldest district in Grand Cayman and the first capital of the Cayman Islands cleaned up and beautified. 

On Saturday, Aug. 31 the team was out in full force to remove rubbish from the area and trim bushes that had grown out of control on the road leading to two of the town’s most historical sites – the National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ Mission House and the Nurse Josie’s Seniors Center. 

“The area really did look horrible,” said Cindy Deal, who lives at the top of Gun Square Road in Bodden Town.  

Ms Deal said she made it her business some time ago to clean up the area when the committee was staging a multicultural event at the Harry McCoy Community Park, but since that time, the area had reverted to the way it was. 

Renard Powell, one of the residents behind the push to form the new group and get Bodden Town spruced up, said: “What we are trying to do is get a good group organized to carry out a number of projects to make Bodden Town more appealing for those who visit.” 

So far, there are eight people in the group. They meet every Monday night at the Mission House around 7 p.m. to discuss future community projects. 

“The first cleanup project was Gun Square because the road leads to the Mission House, which is a major tourist attraction and historic site. From there, we will be tackling the Cumber Avenue area and then on to the main road,” said Mr. Powell, who serves as committee leader. 

This is only one of many activities being organized by the group. 

Mr. Powell said the group has other projects in mind such as building cabanas in the park areas; cleaning up Meager Bay Pond to make it more of a tourist attraction; and to find out as much as they can about the elderly people in the district. 

The committee is also planning to construct name tags for other historic sites. 

“Most people are not even aware of such things as Miss Nettie Levy’s old house. She was the town’s last resident to live to the ripe old age of 105; the slave wall; the first well; and a number of other sites that will be marked as tourist attraction sites,” Mr. Powell said. 

Denise Bodden, the National Trust’s Mission House programs co-coordinator, was full of praise for the group’s efforts. 

“This little committee made up of a group of concerned Bodden Town citizens has really been a blessing,” she said. “The Mission House and Nurse Josie’s Seniors Center are both properties on Gun Square Road, [on] which government and the trust has spent a lot of money. Having residents show an interest in making sure the streets leading to these sites are clean is commendable. 

“They are not only giving back to the community and helping rid it of some of the debris and overgrown brush, but also making it a more pleasurable experience for visitors making a trip down to these historic sites.” 

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Bodden Town Historical Committee clean up Gun Square. – Photo: Jewel Levy

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The cleanup continues in Bodden Town. – Photo: Jewel Levy
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