October 13, 2020
Although parks and playgrounds are not open due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the country’s most historical parks in the over the hill area has recently been remodelled by The Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC).
The Southern Recreation park now has new improvements ranging from new landscape and play areas, exercise spaces for adults, and a resurfaced basketball court in the signature 242 colors.
The over the hill initiative of remodelling parks and green spaces is a part of the government’s mandate to provide safer areas for Bahamians living in the various communities to gather and commune in a pleasant, and secure environment .
Managing Director, Dr. Allen Albury, indicated that the rich historical elements of The Southern Recreation park was a natural fit for the company as it shares some of the values of The Bahamas Striping Group of Companies, and visitors to the park will immediately have an educational experience and a walk down history lane as they enter the park.
“These type of facilities are becoming more relevant than before because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as we are beginning to realise the need for social distancing and people need a space to recreate,” said Albury.
He added that, consideration was given to the architecture of the park to ensure that it was built for longevity and durability, and it represents the true meaning of collaboration as several Bahamian companies were involved in the renovation and improvements.
“These grounds are sacred, and it was imperative to bring together a team of artisans who could bring the park to fruition. One of the most important signature elements to the park is a sculpture of three children lifting their heads to the rising sun at play, which is significant as it captures the youthfulness and hope for our nation, and the next generation”, said Albury.
As concerns mounted over the years about children not having a safe place to play, the park has over twenty security cameras that are monitored as well as solar lighting to keep the park well lit in the evening hours. Once the park opens, it will also be monitored by security wardens twenty-four hours per day.
President of BSGC, Mr. Atario Mitchell stated that the 242 signature basketball court is the first of its kind in the over the hill area as it consists of cushion material that absorbs shock to the joints, and it is installed in the playground areas and adult spaces which allows for vigorous physical activity.
He added that the park is perfect for the entire family, and the residents of the Bain Town area have now gained a well-equipped, and engaging place for recreation which is critical to improving health and well-being.