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Kid's Zone Opens

Enjoying the Kid's Zone slide at the official opening on Saturday, 8 August.

Agri-tourism development in the Cayman Islands received a boost with Saturday's (8 August) Kid's Zone opening at the agricultural grounds in Lower Valley.

A play area for children featuring a maze, a Cayman style cottage, a petting zoo and a playground, Kid's Zone is a joint project of government and the Dart Foundation.

Earlier, Minister of District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP had said: "This is the first major step in realising our vision to make the grounds the centrepiece of the Cayman Islands' agri-tourism thrust.

"The Kid's Zone was conceptualised as part of a broader development plan aimed at enhancing the visitor experience at The Grounds."

Plans for the overall development will result in a multi-purpose facility housing a marketplace for vendors; a training area to include an agro-processing centre, and a plantation tour highlighting a traditional wattle and daub village.

At the opening, Ministry Chief Officer Kearney Gomez said that the Kid's Zone should encourage more families to visit both the annual Agricultural Show and the weekly Market at The Grounds.

Thanking the Dart Foundation for participating in the Kid's Zone project, he said that government would explore the possibility of additional partnerships to complete the rest of The Grounds' development.

"Dart significantly supplemented government's allocation for this project. They also contributed project management services, deployed skilled landscapers to create the maze and donated equipment in the play area," Mr. Gomez noted.

The Department of Agriculture's Acting Assistant Director Brian Crichlow said that the Kid's Zone would be a boon for parents. "It not only offers them a place for their children to play and have fun while they shop at the market, it also brings a much-needed public children's area to the eastern districts.

"This facility will be open and available to parents, schools and youth groups to use and lease for special events and celebrations."

In response, Dart's Communications Manager Lynn Smith-Moore said that Dart was extremely pleased to have been involved in the project and to work with government to enhance the lives of children.

"Youth development has always been a key focus for Dart as we believe young people are critical to the future of this country and indeed to the world," she said.

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