Adrian Loveridge writes about last Saturday’s public meeting at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and the proposal to establish a Graeme Hall National Park.
Adrian mentions the very objectionable advert placed by water park developer Kerins. We’ve been meaning to re-publish the entire advert with our comments. Maybe tomorrow if we can find the time. (We do have real lives here at BFP you know!)
Here is Adrian’s report on the meeting…
As one of several hundred people attending the recent meeting convened by the Friends of Graeme Hall, there can be no doubt of the strength of feeling not to locate the Caribbean Splash water park near the site of the nature sanctuary.
It must also be abundantly clear to the developer that despite his offensive paid advertisements, that many people are not opposed to the concept of a water park, but simply were it is located.
I also think the proposal to incorporate the nature sanctuary into an enlarged national park is a wonderful idea.
Standing on the ridge overlooking the beautifully manicured facility and looking down on the wetlands, you can almost imagine what could be created and what a truly magnificent national asset for both locals and visitors it could be.
From a tourism perspective our policymakers frequently seem to forget that we are marketing Barbados to a rapidly aging population.
It is estimated by 2020 that the average age of a visitor to our shores will be 65 years old.
If the ‘experts’ are correct I cannot see this age group cavorting over a 75 feet high waterside.
But I can visualise them sitting by a lake, watching interesting birds and wildlife, feeding the mud shark and taking gentle walks or bicycle rides in a peaceful verdant oasis while a concrete urban jungle continues growing around them.
Adrian Loveridge, 15 October 2006
Adrian runs “Peach & Quiet” resort on the south coast.