The first of seven children’s play parks was commissioned on Wednesday (27th March 2013) at the Calder Hall Recreation ground, Scarborough.
But they are not just play parks. In addition to the equipment for the children ages 2 to 12 years the parks located across the island also boast of keep fit units for use by parents, guardians and other adults while they wait on their young ones amusing themselves.
The seven parks including the adult exercise equipment are financed by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) at just over $7 million.
In this phase parks are also being constructed in Bon Accord, Buccoo, Plymouth, Roxborough, Speyside and Louis D’Or, Secretary of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment, Assemblyman Godwin Adams announced at the commissioning ceremony of the Calder Hall Play Park. Similar parks are to be constructed in Belle Garden, Goodwood, Signal Hill, Mt St George, Mason Hall and Mt Pleasant.
He told the audience comprising school children and adults that the project was tangible evidence that the Assembly was also providing for young children of the island. He urged the children to learn to share the equipment and to be safe when doing so. He also said the parks were provided for them to enjoy green open spaces in their spare time.
Chief Secretary Orville London in whose constituency the Calder Hall Play Park was located said the Assembly had to find ways to provide people with opportunities to be outdoors in safe surroundings. He added that the pristine way in which the residents of Calder Hall kept the park would signify the kind of people “we have in Calder Hall and urged them to take pride in their park.