Emancipation Park

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Emancipation Park information

Kingston , Jamaica
Street Knutsford Blvd
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Lonely Planet review

Finally unveiled in 2002 after decades of planning, the spacious Emancipation Park has become the pride of New Kingston. This wide open space, carved from the dense urban jungle, has a jogging track, stately fountains and, winningly, reggae music emanating from tiny speakers hidden in the grass. It’s a grand place for a stroll, particularly in the early mornings and at sunset, when the walkways fill with cheerful Kingstonians just liberated from their workplaces.

A controversial focal point is the US$4.5 million statue, Redemption Song , by Laura Facey Cooper. Depicting a couple of nude, 3m-tall slaves gazing to the heavens, the epic work sometimes elicits prurient comments by passersby due to certain larger-than-life physical attributes of the figures.