(CMR) A local resident is concerned and warning others about the state of the Dart Park after finding discarded condoms and liquor bottles by ones of the cabanas.
The parent took his young child there around 12:00 p.m. today only to be confronted with a rather disgusting sight almost immediately by the first visible cabana. The family park is located in South Sound and is often visited by parents with small children. This parent is outraged that someone would disrespect the park in this manner:
“I know adults have their urges but it is different when being disrespectful and worst at a kids playground!”
This parent found one alcohol bottle at the stone wall entrance to the park and three unwrapped used condoms laying on the ground in the front cabana in front of the slides.
Despite attempts to dispose of the condoms his toddler still saw them and exclaimed:
“Look daddy, balloon!”
The parent had to then explain that they were
“nasty plastics and should never be touched if seen on the ground”
There were also other families in the park with young children at the time. Questions are now being asked about how the part is being maintained and monitored especially at night when it is closed.
The Dart Family Park is located on South Church Street, just south of George Town. Founded in 2005, Dart Family Park is one of the largest public parks in Grand Cayman featuring waterfront views, a mini-beach area, an outdoor amphitheater and a host of children’s play facilities. In 2011, the park underwent a series of renovations and re-opened to the public in January 2012 with a Family Fun Day.
Home to the Cayman Islands National Trust, the park features ample parking, indoor meeting room facilities, multiple shaded picnic areas, and a large sanded play area. A quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of George Town, the Dart Family Park is the perfect mid-week escape or venue for weekend family picnics and birthday parties. Budding actors can entertain audiences in the open-air amphitheater overlooking the water, while little ones will enjoy exploring secret pathways through dense vegetation and playing house in a life-size dollhouse, built in the style of a traditional Caymanian cottage.
The Recreation Parks & Cemeteries Unit is responsible for the upkeep of public parks in the Cayman Islands. We contacted that unit and were told that the part is leased out to a private company to complete ground maintenance on a weekly basis.
There is also an individual that lives on-site that closes the part gates around 7:00 p.m. and re-opens them for 6:00 a.m. However, it does not appear that he patrols the park in any way.