Raising Funds for a Community Playground at the Treasure Beach Sports Park
"I knew what we should do with the land the moment I lay eyes on it," says Director Laura Henzell. "It begs for some park benches where parents and grandparents can sit and enjoy watching the kids, a few swingsets and slides where children wide eyed and with toothy grins can run around safe and happy. It only takes a few tools to get kids going ... by taking away commonly found sticks and stones and replacing them with simple but quality equipment, by just doing something as simple as that -- you're allowing kids to release some energy AND some imagination!"
Although plans for the playground are still being worked on -- the board intends to install quality commercial equipment (for durability purposes) that will cater to kids from 2-12 years old including some equipment that will be available to kids with special needs. It is the hope of the Mrs. Henzell that the playground will incorporate swingsets and slides but also components that will encourage the children to use their imagination like cars made from old oil drums and wooden boats. "We have so much recyclable equipment in Jamaica like metal drums and tyres," she said, "It would be great if we could incorporate some locally made equipment -- ensuring that all measures are taken to make them of a high safety standard." Estimates for the playground which will be completed in phases is around $10,000.
Speaking to this point Mrs. Henzell noted that she is consulting with park and playground planners overseas including Jamaican Erica Calogero who lives in the UK and is volunteering her time freely to create a plan, ensuring that it will be crafted on an international level. Like all aspects of the Treasure Beach Sports Park the playground will be open (free) to visitors and as such be of the highest (expected) standards.
Currently still in the planning phase the project just received news of a much needed financial committtment by Canadian couple Laura Cousineau and Chris Ince who are accepting donations (and fundraising otherwise - see more in our Latest News section) on their wedding website for the playground in lieu of wedding presents; the couple will also marry in Treasure Beach this May. "We both feel a great attachment to Jamaica in general and Treasure Beach in particular, having vacationed here as well as participated in Jake's Off-Road Triathlon. We look forward to returning together regularly to see the Sports Park and progress of BREDS' great initiatives to build a healthier and happier community, through their many outreach programmes."
"When you put something out to the Universe -- you never know what can happen. A few weeks ago we raised $200 at an impromptu wine tasting for the playground and now this great news from Laura and Chris -- their generosity of spirit is overwhelming..." explained Mrs. Henzell, ".. and could really be the tipping point that gets this project off the ground!"
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