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Free-for-all deterioration at the Queen’s Park Savannah

 I have been observing the Queen’s Park Savannah and its deterioration. There are now portable toilets placed on the grass on the west side of the Savannah. Trucks would have to drive on the grass to pick up these port-a-potties, damaging the surface.

There are now a multitude of vagrants that hang around the coconut vendors and the illegal food vendors. 

Vagrants are seen sleeping on the park benches and under the large trees. Careful about sitting under some of those trees because they have fresh faeces under them.

Why are vendors allowed full time on the Savannah? It looks like they even live there. They wash their cars, do mechanic work and cause a lot of traffic and accidents. What is going on?

I was jogging on the grass in the Savannah when a car overtook me with great speed. The Savannah is now a speeding roadway and is not even safe for pedestrians. 

One can spot 50 cars at any time parked on the Savannah in the grass. 

Football and cricket players now park their car on the grass, they enter from the south side where Carlos John started to pave the green space. 

No one in authority seems to do anything although there are some old discoloured “no parking, driving” signs which you would have to look hard to find. Some of the railings in the Savannah are uprooted by trucks and cars.

Football goal posts are now chained to every other large tree. Why are authorities not removing these illegal scrap metals?

The Savannah was once like the Botanic Gardens. All the tags and descriptions of the trees have broken off and no one replaces them. It is sad day when one of our historic green spaces which is naturally irrigated by aquifers will become a piece of wasteland.

Richie Gaspard

Port of Spain

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