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Govt to restore inner-city parks

The government will restore 15 parks and basketball courts in the Over-the-Hill community, the Office of the Prime Minister announced yesterday.

The move is part of the government’s broader plan to “enhance and redevelop parks and green spaces throughout New Providence”, it said in a statement.

It added, “A detailed assessment of parks in the inner city has been performed to identify specific spaces, along with a needs assessment to restore the parks over time.

“Restoration of the historic Southern Recreation Grounds has already begun through the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative.”

Speaking at the official opening of the Silver Gates Community Park in Carmichael, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis praised the park as a model for the rest of the island.

The park features a basketball court, a tennis court, a walking trail, exercise equipment, a great lawn and a play area for children. It also has Wi-Fi, secure restrooms, CCTV cameras and “a unique blue hole”.

Minnis highlighted the importance of such spaces in communities.

“From Gambier to southern New Providence and throughout our island, residents need beautiful and safe spaces for relaxation, community activities, sporting events, exercise and recreation,” he said.

He added, “We need places to go to let go of stress and to stay physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.”

The prime minister publicly thanked Carmichael MP Desmond Bannister for his work in the area.

“[Minister Bannister] has gone all out to make this community park a very special place for all of you to exercise and to enjoy relaxing days and evenings with family members, neighbors and friends,” he said.

According to the statement, Attilio Holdings, a subsidiary company of the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies, developed the park.

“As part of its plan to enhance and redevelop green spaces, the government is also working through a public-private partnership to transform Clifford Park into a central park for New Providence,” the statement said.

“Concept plans have also been announced for the redevelopment of Western Esplanade, which is expected to include the enhancement of the beach areas, the beautification of the area and enhanced spaces for cookouts, community events and Junkanoo practice.”

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
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