July 09, 2020
The Ministry of Public Works has embarked on a recreational stimulus that involves the allocation of capital funding to improve family life and the health of all Bahamians.
The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, in his recent contribution to the 2020-2021 Budget Debate in Parliament, announced that 146 parks throughout New Providence have been selected for enhancement beginning in July.
“The Ministry of Public Works has prepared scopes of work to develop and enhance parks throughout our country,” said Minister Bannister.
“As I speak, technical officers of the Ministry of Public Works are now travelling throughout the country to develop scopes of work for parks in the family of Bahamian islands. This effort was delayed due to the worldwide pandemic which led to travel prohibitions; however, in short order I anticipate that similar enhancement of recreational facilities will occur throughout the country.”
“I have seen the difference in family utilization of the Mermaid Park in Carmichael since we installed a new walking track there, and I anticipate similar increased utilization of the Belair/Phil Smith Park after we installed lighting there just last week.”
He encouraged families to utilize these facilities and abandon sedentary Netflix, X-Box and PlayStation-focused lives to enhance healthy lifestyles among their children.
He said the consequences of encouraging family health-enhancing activities will be evident throughout The Bahamas in the upcoming months.
Moreover, Parliamentarians were informed that a portion of the funds will be used to improve physical infrastructure in communities to create stimulus initiatives in the construction industry.
“We know that money spent on small capital initiatives will move from hand to hand throughout local communities; and will empower small contractors and improve the standard of living of their families,” said Minister Bannister.
He also advised that by the end of July the Southern Recreation Grounds, in Bain and Grants Town, would be transformed into the country’s second significant signature park.
Parks of New Providence -- Alvin S. Moss Park, Sunlight Cottage; Joe Billy Park on Fowler Street and Christie Park, Nassau Street. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)
By Kathryn Campbell