Following its closure in 2022, Little Dunn’s River in St. Ann has been reopened to the public, but only on Sundays.
The popular attraction was closed last year by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) after 25-year-old Roshane Housen was shot and killed along the roadway near the facility. There were also concerns that Housen’s death would result in reprisal killings in the area.
Little Dunn’s River’s reopening was announced by Cabinet Minister Matthew Samuda, who noted that he previously promised to return safe access to the attraction to members of the community by Christmas.
Samuda, who is the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for St. Ann North Eastern, explained that there are still major issues that need to be worked through to ensure that commercial activities can return to the location safely.
While Samuda acknowledged that the attraction is a source of income for many individuals, he emphasised that safety must be put first. The minister added that he will be collaborating with all agencies and municipalities to ensure the safe return of activities at Little Dunn’s River.
Samuda also thanked the UDC, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and members of the community for working with him. He went on to disclose that a meeting will be held with stakeholders and the municipality to ensure that Little Dunn’s River can be safely operated.