If you’ve ever taken a south coast Jamaican trip, you should know of the Juici Patties Restaurant in Clarendon Park. It’s the perfect stop for a bathroom break and for grabbing food and drink on the go. However, just behind the restaurant is Empowerment Park, a verdant well-tended space which I’ve never noticed before! That’s what happens when you’re hurrying too much in life. I wasn’t hurrying today so I noticed the park and thought I’d share it with you. Much like Emancipation Park in the city of Kingston, Empowerment Park enjoys a similar ambiance. Empowerment Park was officially opened on Sunday July 10, 2016 with the aim of promoting peace and providing a chill spot in this side of the island.
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How to Find Empowerment Park
As mentioned previously, Empowerment Park is located just behind the Juici Patties restaurant in Clarendon Park, the last major stop in Clarendon before crossing parish boundaries into Manchester. I assume their opening hours would be similar to the restaurant’s which are everyday from 6am to 11pm. Also, the space can be booked for graduations and other special events.
Empowerment Park: A Clarendon Chill Spot
Time to enjoy the tiny oasis which is Empowerment Park!
As quoted from the Jamaica Observer: “Jukie Chin, chairman and CEO of the company, made it clear that the park is their way of saying thanks to their millions of customers all over the world. Looking ahead, he said the dream will continue with the erection of a museum to showcase Juici’s journey, as well as a netball court.” To that I say thank you too. I appreciate businesses which not only support national development but also give back to the country in tangible ways. If creating a tiny park for visitors and locals alike to enjoy while taking a rest stop in this side of the island doesn’t equal giving back then I don’t know what is. It should be interesting to see these plans develop over time.
‘Til next time. ✌🏼