Situated in the centre of Ocho Rios, Turtle River Park is a relatively new attraction. Until recent years the land (which spans over 3 hectares) was used to be a bus park until the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) slated it for redevelopment.
The UDC decided that the most beneficial use for the land would be a public park, a use befitting St Ann Parish’s nickname of “The Garden Parish”. Turtle River Park was opened by Prime Minister P J Patterson on 18 June 2004. The Park is frequented by tourists and members of the Ocho Rios community, seeking a moment of tranquility away from working life.
The park features flower beds, a large pond stocked with fish and turtles, gazebos, a concert pavilion and a concession selling snacks. There is also a parking lot adjoining the park.
A peaceful oasis at the entrance of the bustling tourism town of Ocho Rios, the Turtle River Park offers another alternative to recreational facilities in the parish of St. Ann.
The park is ideal for relaxation as well as providing a beautiful backdrop for your wedding, reception or photo shoot. Features include a central walk-way, water feature inhabited by fish and turtle, gazebos as well as children’s play area, all sited on 3 hectares of land.