Columbus Park is a historic open-air museum which sits by the side of the road in the north coast town of Discovery Bay. The park overlooks the expansive bay and features ruins from Jamaica’s Spanish colonization period and other relics & replicas from times past. Sadly, the park has fallen into a state of disrepair but the concept is a good one. Hopefully some improvements and repairs are made in the near future but in the mean time, let’s take a look at the park’s current state.
Coming from the direction of Saint Ann’s Bay, look out for the Green Grotto Caves landmark on the left of the A1 main road after driving for almost half an hour. That landmark is located 5 minutes before the sign marking the entrance to Columbus Park on the right side of the same road. Entrance to the park is free with ample parking and restrooms available. There’s a place to get light food and drink there as well.
I honestly can’t get over this parish’s obsession with naming things after Christopher Columbus. There’s a statue of him in the parish capital square and a community, school and park with his name. After all we’ve been through as a people one would think we’d only name things after the people who’ve positively impacted our history but alas. Nonetheless, the park is worth a stop on a cool day if you’re driving through this side of the island. You may get a chance to learn something new, see articles from the past which you’ve likely never seen before and get an awesome setting for photography. Carry a camera and tripod stand if you can but I think my phone still managed to do a decent job. Overall the open-air museum idea is a good one but this park still has some work to do. For now I’ll rate it three stars, ☆☆☆ while hoping I can write a longer post some day in the future
when if the lofty development plans for Columbus Park come to fruition (mind you, this newspaper article mentioning these plans is 5 years old).
‘Til next time. ✌