BARKERS NATIONAL PARK & PAVILION
Integrating within an existing National Park, the design re-diversifies the ecology of the West Bay’s coastal wildlife area, while creating opportunities for responsible human recreation and fostering an appreciation for the natural world.
Years of ecological fragmentation have led to a decline in the West Bay’s biodiversity, creating a monoculture of plant species that betray the richness of the region’s biological and botanical variety. The Barkers National Park Masterplan is a low-impact project that increases wetland and upland habitat and expands access to the park’s diverse environment.
Environmental scientists with experience in aquatic biology, terrestrial ecology, and ecosystem restoration were consulted to inform the design. The project includes a series of strategically located circuitous water channels varying in width and depth, resulting in an enhanced user experience and an expanded habitat that restores the region’s ecosystem. This network of proposed channels will maximize much-needed flow to isolated bodies of water while creating a vibrant network of green spaces. Prospective recreational amenities and activities include nature walks, scenic overlooks, guided tours, biking, fishing, kayaking, kiteboarding, birding, an educational center, and beach camping.
West Bay, Grand Cayman