National Heroes Park, located in the city of Kingston, Jamaica, is a 50-acre botanical park that includes National Heroes Circle which is dedicated as the final resting place of Jamaica’s national heroes. Other noted Jamaicans buried here are important cultural heads and the Prime Ministers of the island. The park is the largest open-air space in Kingston. Jamaicans, as well as visitors, come daily to pay respect to the noble souls who are resting in the Park’s tranquil surroundings.
History of National Heroes Park
National Heroes Park was originally constructed in 1783 and served as a racing track for horses called the Kingston Race Course. The park was moved to its current location in the year 1905 and named as George VI Memorial Park to honor King George VI of the United Kingdom. After Jamaica attained its independence in 1962, it was rechristened as National Heroes Park. The name is symbolic to the heroism, bravery, and the courage of those who laid down their lives for their beloved motherland. Today, it stands as an emblem of national pride.
Taking Care of the Park
Presently, the Parks Division of Jamaica's National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) looks after and maintains the park. The Jamaican Defense Force (JDF) provides security for the park. Notably, there is a Changing-of-Guard session, which takes place every hour. Visitors and locals come to see this honorable exchange in silent admiration.
There are various monuments located within this park which include The Jamaican War Memorial, The Monument for Marcus Garvey, and Donald Sangster’s Monument among others. The Jamaican War Memorial is one of the most important monuments in the park. This monument is a tribute to all the Jamaicans who were killed during World War I and World War II battles. Another monument that visitors visit is the Marcus Garvey monument, which honors Mr. Garvey, a WWII soldier from Jamaica. His tomb is shaped like a black star. The Donald Sangster monument honors the second Prime Minister of Jamaica. His monument is another interesting piece of architecture to capture the interest of visitors. The design includes four large curved pieces that almost look like an opened sphere. Other notable monuments honor Norman Manley, the first Premier of Jamaica and a revered personality, and Sir Alexander Bustamante-whose monument is shaped like an arch that is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.
Arranging a Visit to the Park with Fare Buzz
There are many more monuments to explore in National Heroes Park that honor the courage and service of Jamaican heroes towards humanity and for their beloved country. Call a Fare Buzz specialist to assist with your trip to Jamaica. Call Toll-free 1.800.847.1963 or click the Request a Quote button with your travel details and a Fare Buzz travel specialist will contact you shortly.