Island Heritage - Independence Square

independence squareThis lovely park overlooking the waterfront in Bridgetown was for many years a parking lot, well known for political meetings and gatherings. As a part of the beatification environmental project in 2005 this parking lot was transformed and a national symbol of independence and pride was revealed to the public in 2007. This location acts as a place for relaxation in the hustle and bustle of Bridgetown. This 50,000 sq. ft. park sits between the Chamberlain Bridge and the Charles Duncan Oneal Bridge, and has a spectacular view of the Careenage, Heroes Square and the Public Buildings.

It incorporates fountains, contemporary sculptural designs, potted plants and palm trees, seating and bathroom facilities. A sculpture of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, Barbados' first Prime Minister and 'Father of Independence', stands tall overlooking Independence Square. It is designed in the form of an amphitheatre to house the various events such as gospel concerts, political meetings, Pan in the City (a steel pan exhibition) and a host more events open to the general public.


During the month of Independence, November, the area is a sight to behold. It is beautifully lit in the national colours - ultramarine and gold. Take a stroll along the Bridgetown board walk, across the Chamberlain Bridge, admire the Independence Arch, take a break in Independence Square and enjoy the scenery.