Victoria Park

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Victoria Park, named after England’s Queen Victoria, was originally laid out in 1854 and boasted a bandstand, gardens, benches and shady walks.  It was the community green space in Falmouth, and for many years it hosted weekly concerts and community functions, and served as a healthy space for children to play. The West India Regiment Band, now the Jamaica Military Band, performed many concerts in the park, which was renamed Uriah Rowe Park in 1977, in honor of Falmouth’s former mayor.

In 2008, Falmouth Heritage Renewal began an effort to completely restore the park as part of a comprehensive plan to increase green space in Falmouth. Using old photographs for reference, a new bandstand was constructed on the historic stone bandstand foundation.  Benches were added to the setting, and local residents enjoyed the first concert performed by the Jamaica Military Band before the year was over.    

In the following years, an initiative to return the park to its former glory included extensive landscaping with gardens of lush plantings, walkways, an attractive gate, and more benches.  In 2012, a children’s play area was added.  Acting as guardian of the community space from the time of its restoration, FHR officially handed the park over to the Trelawny Parish Council on February 15, 2012.  It is open to the public and is especially enjoyed by the students at the nearby All Age School.

FHR firmly believes in the importance of green space as contributing to the overall health of the environment. One of its early projects was propagating palm trees to plant throughout the town in an effort to increase Falmouth’s ‘green infrastructure.’  Other aspects of the comprehensive plan focusing on Falmouth’s green space include: planting trees and flowering shrubs at Falmouth’s three entrance corridors; clearing verges, encouraging maintenance of the Town Center, the Parish Church Cemetery and other cemeteries, public and community grounds, and individual  private gardens. Creating a network of green spaces is crucial to supporting biodiversity and promoting sustainable living.

Integrating green infrastructure into urban space is known to provide considerable benefits to humans, allowing for communal relaxation, education, exercise, and cultivation. In addition, green spaces are vital for promoting wildlife habitats, preventing erosion from flooding, and enhancing the management of water resources. They also serve to provide a cooling effect to surrounding areas.