UDC to construct Central Gardens at Dunns River
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) which owns and operates the world famous Dunn’s River Falls through its associate company, the St. Ann Development Company, has signed a contract for the creation of a Central Gardens area at the attraction. The contract which is valued at JMD$114.692 million will see Chin’s Construction Company Limited carrying out works over a 6 months period starting September 28, 2015.
The works will include the establishment of additional locker sheds for rental, a landscaped site with themed gardens, a picnic area with rental kiosks, recreational gazebos, and shoe rental and video and photo sales facilities and an interactive water feature for children at play.
The value added development will allow the attraction to cater to the diverse culinary and recreational needs of its clients who travel not only from Jamaica but many other countries around the world. Assessments are also underway of proposals submitted in line with government procurement guidelines to diversify the attractions and provide additional family friendly entertainment in addition to the falls climb, garden area and beach.
Other recent improvements at Dunn’s River Falls include the establishment of a new ticket entry system which allows for the streamlining of business processes, provision of more accurate and timely data, reduction of financial risks and increased access and capacity control. The new system promotes compliance with the existing single entry operation with re-entry only allowed in cases of emergency.
The new system will also soon enable non-residents to purchase tickets through the Dunn’s River website at www.dunnsriverfallsja.com. Jamaican residents will continue to enjoy special rates upon proof of residency at point of entry.
The rates for non-residents to access Dunn’s River Falls and Park are US$20 for persons ages 12 years and over and US $12 for children between the ages of 3 – 11 years. The rates for Jamaican residents are J$600 for persons ages 12 years and over and J$300 for children between the ages of 3 and 11. The attraction opens daily between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on cruise ship days from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.
UDC TO DEVELOP CENTRAL GARDENS
Over the years, Dunn’s River Falls and Park has achieved significant milestones. The facility was named most popular and exciting attraction by cruise officials during 2004 and Leading Caribbean Tourist Excursion by the World Travel Awards in November 2009 and 2010.
The UDC’s relationship with Dunn’s River Falls and Park began in 1976, when the Corporation acquired the Belmont Property. Since 1998, the UDC has been engaged in major upgrading of the property with a view to ensuring parity with other world class attractions and enriching the Dunn’s River experience.
For further information, please contact:
The Corporate Relations Department
Urban Development Corporation
12 Ocean Boulevard
October 29, 2015