I would like to know who is responsible for the upkeep of Dart Park on South Sound. When it was opened there was grass, there is now none, just a dust bowl in the dry season or a large muddy patch when it rains. When visited over the New Year, the amphitheatre was littered with broken glass. The pathways are overgrown. It is now not such a lovely place to visit and it really is a gem. Is the park maintained by the National Trust, Dart or the Cayman Islands Government? It is in dire need of help to return to its former glory.
Auntie’s answer: I really appreciate this question. I remember when the Dart Family Park opened in 2005 and have spent time over the years with my kids, enjoying the grass, the playground equipment and the fantastic view, as well as attending various events held there. It has been renovated once, five years ago; I am sorry to hear that it seems to have fallen into disrepair.
The park is one of more than 100 facilities, including other parks and public beaches, which fall under the responsibility of the Recreation, Parks & Cemeteries Unit (RPCU). In the interest of providing as much information as possible, the unit is under the Public Works Department which is part of the remit of the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing & Infrastructure.
The good news for you, however, is that you don’t have to go through that whole chain of bureaucracy to get some answers. The RPCU has a procedure in place for complaints, which it describes as “an expression of dissatisfaction, however made, about the standard of service, actions or lack of action by the Recreation, Parks & Cemeteries Unit or its staff affecting a member or members of the public”.
It sounds like your issue falls smack in the middle of that definition. To register a complaint, here is the link to the relevant page on the RPCU website. You can also call the unit at 946-8250.
I would be very interested in hearing what the response is to your complaint and what actions are taken. Please let me know.
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