Emancipation Park is in central New Kingston at the heart of corporate Jamaica. The park is overlooked by hotels such as the Pegasus, the Courtleigh and the Hilton Kingston on Knutsford Boulevard.Find the best Kingston Hotel deals here
At the Knutsford Boulevard entrance to the park, the road at right leads to the offices of the National Housing Trust. Adjacent to it is the Lime Golf Academy where youngsters and adults can practice their swing. The main road is Knutsford Boulevard which leads into Oxford Road.Find the best Kingston activities here
The Liguanea Club nearby is a membership sports and recreational club which also offers accommodation to members and guests. The owners of the Liguanea Club donated the land to the Jamaica Government who later transferred it to the National Housing Trust who built and maintains the park.
A main feature in Emancipation Park is its well utilised 500 metre jogging track. Around the track and throughout the park are plants, shrubs and trees – some indigenous to Jamaica – that beautifully decorate the park.
Look out for Jamaica’s National Tree (the Blue Mahoe) and National Flower (Lignum Vitae) among them - they are all name-tagged.Find the best Kingston activities here
On the inner circle, there are walkways, landscaped grounds, beautiful flowers, and benches for rest and relaxation. The lawns are utilised by some to catch 40 winks; (pic below), by others to meet up with friends, picnic or to catch up on studies by students of all ages.
There is stage area where concerts, exhibitions and other public events are often held free to the public.Find the best villa rentals in Jamaica here
The main water feature is a fountain where kids have fun with the water shooting up in the air at different levels. Other water features include at the base of the Freedom Statute and a controlled stream near the Oxford Road entrance.
The walkways are lined with very tall Royal Palms of Jamaica. There is also a well kept, public convenience – best I have seen anywhere in Kingston's public areas so far!
Visit Emancipation Park and enjoy the flora and fauna, beautiful trees and perfect landscaped gardens. Look out for the unusual markings from West Africa known as "Adinkra" symbols.
These were introduced by the Chief Architect of the Park representing the ancestors of the Jamaican People, the majority of whom originated from West Africa via the middle passage.
You will find these symbols on the benches, garbage collectors, the perimeter fencing and at the entrances.
The 7 acres Emancipation Park was opened in 2002 for the enjoyment of all people. It is run and maintained by the Jamaica National Housing Trust with a team of ground staff who do an excellent job in the upkeep of the park.
The 11ft high Freedom Statue at the Oxford Road entrance, also known as Redemption Song, was erected a year later and represents the spirit of freedom.
Emancipation Park is a happy and very attractive place where a mix of people come for different recreational reasons. The park has 24/7 security and is open to the public between 5am and 11.00pm daily.
Visit Emancipation Park and enjoy a best of Kingston Jamaica. The park was created as a symbol of our freedom to hope, excel and exist.
Sit a while and appreciate a Jamaica best in the centre of New Kingston.
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