Meadow Brook playfield, on hold since the 70s, now being developed
The plot of land that was earmarked for a playfield back in the 1970s in Meadow Brook Gardens is now being developed through a partnership with an NGO and the Mayor and City Council.
Enhance Potential Inspire Change – Guyana known as EPIC is an advocacy group for youths and has taken the mantle to construct the playfield.
Clearing of the land began Monday with a schedule to be completed in the next few weeks.
Brian Backer, the Executive Director of EPIC, said the project has been in the making for some time now and with the assistance of corporate Guyana, it will finally become a reality.
“We do not have any playgrounds in Meadow Brook; my family has lived here since 1972.
“EPIC got in touch with the Mayor and City Council and asked for permission to develop and adopt the plot of land that had been earmarked for a playground since the 70s and BK International has come on board and has begun the process here today,” Backer added.
A number of companies have come on board to assist with the construction Backer said, fulfilling their corporate and social responsibility.
“We have a couple of companies that have come onboard and BK is doing this free of cost, this is their contribution.
“General Engineering, Supplies and Services have also indicated that they will come on board. So EPIC – Guyana has a lot of corporate partners…when we usually do projects rather than ask people for money we prefer to ask for good or service.”
The park will have swings, slides and benches installed along with trees planted for shading.
The Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, said he is always happy to see corporate Guyana coming together to support the city.
“The Councillor of this constituency…is playing a great role in this community by reaching out to the residents and listening to them and their needs and so forth…
“This is one of the most important things where council will come in…where a businessman comes on board to assist in such a project and like this, we need to see more.
Just days before, the Group held a kite distribution exercise in the area, where consultations were held with the children to find out what they would like to see constructed in the park.