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Day 280 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Take A Tour of Independence Park

Independence Park

Independence Park in Kingston is a sports and cultural complex that was originally constructed for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1966. It is home to several sports facilities, including the National Stadium, used chiefly for football as it is the home of the Jamaica Football Federation; it has a 35,000-seat capacity. There is a statue of reggae legend Bob Marley at the entrance to the park. In addition to the National Stadium, the site comprises Olympic-size swimming and diving pools and the National Arena, that is used for sports tournaments. The park also hosts trade exhibits, flower shows, the National Festival song and costume competitions and state funerals. The National Indoor Sports Complex, the Leila Robinson Netball courts, and the Institute of Sports, and Stadium Courts are in the park as well. There are also statues of Olympic track and field gold medalist Don Quarrie and Arthur Wint, the first Jamaican to win an Olympic gold medal in 1949. Herb McKenley, Olympic sprint gold medalist, and Merlene Ottey, who was known as the “Queen of the Track” have statues at the complex as well.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

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