Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | December 10, 2012
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$200 parking fee at Hope Gardens unfair

Hope Botanic Gardens will always have a special place in the heart and minds of many Jamaicans. Aside from being a study and recreation venue, it has become common practice for many individuals to drive to the park and have their lunch while in their car or on the benches. However, all this is about to change.

Recently, I went by the park and I was shocked to see that there is now a parking fee of $200.

While I understand the need for those who have leased the park to make a profit, there should also be a balance and consideration for those individuals who may wish to drive to the park to have a quick meal.

As a society, we do not have a good track record of providing sufficient green spaces for our people. This fee policy will only serve to deter and restrict access to the park for the average Jamaican.



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