Queen’s Park name change mulled
It once served as the residence of the Commanding Officer of the British Troops in the West Indies, and it could soon become a home for Barbados’ National Heroes.
Government is exploring the possibility of renaming Queen’s Park, the National Heroes Park, Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley disclosed today during a tour of the City park with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; Permanent Secretaries Sonja Welch and Ruth Blackman; and officials of the National Cultural Foundation, led by Chief Executive Officer Cranston Browne.
According to Lashley Government had already started preliminary discussions on whether to change the name of the centuries-old facility.
He explained that the main purpose of today’s tour was to determine whether the location was a suitable one to be named National Heroes Park.
“We are at a very preliminary stage. Queen’s Park has been discussed and the purpose of the tour was to have a firsthand view and an initial brainstorming session as to whether the park is a feasible possibility.
“From here, we will have some further discussions with various stakeholders and then ultimately, prepare a
proposal for the consideration of the Cabinet. The Cabinet will then determine whether it will give the green light in principle pending the holding of wider sectoral consultation,” the minister said.
“Once the Cabinet considers that this is something we can look at in principle, we would convene a town hall meeting to consult with the public and of course do the necessary due diligence and other consultations before we proceed.”
Lashley disclosed that his ministry was poised to start the restoration of the Queen’s Park buildings.
“Once the final architectural drawings are back, we should be ready to start that work; so this creates a good opportunity to have a discussion of the general improvement of the park. We do need to find an appropriate location for our National Heroes and we have to look at what we have discussed and come up with how we will proceed,” he noted.
He pointed out that the Botanical Garden, which is adjacent to the National Stadium, was previously looked at. However, he noted that Queen’s Park was more appealing because it formed part of the UNESCO- inscribed Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison World Heritage Site, and because of the attractive improvements done to the Church Village Green, which is opposite the park.