We write to join with our Grenadian brothers and sisters who have voiced their concern and opposition regarding the proposed sale of Camerhogne Park.
Like many of them, we are not part of any organised protest. We simply want to protect and preserve our open spaces for our current and future generations. Camerhogne Park, which is the jewel of Grand Anse Beach, is one of those very special spaces.
Camerhogne Park, in our opinion, should not be sold for the following reasons:-
*It is centrally located, an oasis that is the most welcoming and relaxing location on Grand Anse Beach for our people … free from any distractions or excessive concrete.
*It is easily accessible and very safe for children to play.
*It has become part of our national heritage. The people own that portion of land on Grand Anse Beach, and we ought not to be pushed to the side (next to Grand Anse Cemetery or to a strip of land opposite the Spiceland Mall).
By taking away the park, for whatever reason, the government is sending a message to all of us that any part of our country a developer wants, he/she can get, even if it is to the detriment of the health and wellness of our society.
Current research shows that access to open, and especially, green spaces improves the public’s sense of wellbeing. Strong evidence shows that when people have access to parks, they exercise more and regular physical activity has been shown to increase health and reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes.
Physical activity also relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety, improves mood, and enhances psychological wellbeing.
The park is a veritable oasis on Grand Anse Beach. It has enough space for social contact among individuals and groups, as well as adequate space for parking.
In contrast, the area of land near to the cemetery already has a plethora of activities…the church, the tennis court, the beach vending market, the umbrella vendors on the beach, among others.
The other little strip leading up to Umbrellas restaurant does not have direct beach access and is unattractive and small.
It is obvious, from the length and expense that Naguib Sawaris is willing to undergo, in order to obtain Camerhogne Park, just how valuable and unique our park is.
BEWARE! Don’t let our jewel be lost.
Kecia and Ferron Lowe