CYDEC Conference 2019

Then there was light at Black Pearl

Then there was light at the Black Pearl Skate Park.

After two years of trying, organisers finally have secured lighting for the facility — the second-largest of its kind in the world — in order to let children use the park after the sun goes down.

“We’re transitioning the park from just a regular skate park to a youth centre,” Cayman Islands Skateboard Association Chairman Michael Myles said. “As you know, the country has struggled overall to provide adequate facilities, certainly structure for young people. I believe this could be the answer to a lot of that. We have had — in my last two-and-a-half years of managing the park — we have over 1,600 young people that have been part of this.”

Myles said the lights and installation were all completed through private sector donations. He hopes to add other activities to the park — like basketball and regular chess club competitions — in the coming weeks.

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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