Family Fun Day at Botanic Park

The weather cooperated for the highly anticipated Family Fun Day at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side.

“Family Fun Day was an overwhelming success this year,” said the park’s General Manager John Lawrus, adding the event was put on in partnership with the Garden Club and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. With a wide range of activities including a nature area, craft table and magic show, the day also featured music and educational talks and tours about plants and local heritage. Guests also enjoyed an array of fabulous baked goods and a barbecue.

Cayman International School students, as well as North Side primary students, were on hand with musical performances.

“The event went off without a hitch,” said Mr. Lawrus.

“With a single day attendance record of over 500 paid adults and estimated over 300 children, and more than 75 volunteers and participants, it clearly showed how popular the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is, as well as demonstrating the need for more children’s areas,” said Mr. Lawrus.

“We hope this also demonstrates the importance of the Children’s Garden which is just at the beginning stages of planning.”

Located off Frank Sound Road, the park was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994, when only the park’s Woodland Trail was complete.

Since then it has expanded extensively, with the addition of a number of features including a nursery, a floral color garden, a heritage garden featuring many local fruit and herb specimens, a lake, a tea house and a blue iguana breeding facility.

The park is now looking to expand its offerings to Cayman’s younger residents and visitors, with plans for a Children’s Garden afoot.