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Black Pearl emerges as sports tourism draw

The head of the Cayman Islands Skateboard Association says the Black Pearl skate park is beginning to play a part in Cayman’s sports tourism product.

The park recently got lights installed in order to stay open later and association chairman Michael Myles says that’s good for locals and visitors alike, as he’s seeing more tourists seek out the facility.

“We have tourists that will contact us via Facebook,” Myles said. “Devon Chisholm — who has been instrumental in helping me put this together — he meets them here. They’ll catch a cab from the airport or on occassion Devon will pick them up. I think on Tuesday we had some tourists that came in, they got off the Norwegian cruise and came right here. Everybody wants to skate the Black Pearl skate park. It’s a famous park all around the world. It’s the largest in North America and the Caribbean. It’s the second-largest in the world. We just want to make sure that we can offer more.”

Myles said the association is currently waiting to sign with a sponsor before creating a competition schedule for 2016.

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Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 Sports Producer Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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