FRIDAY MARCH 05, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- The onset of the Covid 19 pandemic resulted in schools being closed and students inevitably guided into virtual learning from the comfort of their homes. This meant sitting more, less movement and limited outdoor play. Now the children from the Bon Air Gardens community have access to a newly upgraded EPIC Community Play Park where they can safely engage in supervised fun and outdoor recreational activities. This project was made possible through collaboration between the Bon Air Gardens Community Council, Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation and the Digicel Foundation.
The Play Park located at Woodstar Avenue, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca was given a facelift which included the repair and purchase of new play park equipment, installation of benches, installation of a gate, a fresh paint job and some minor landscaping. The Digicel Foundation through its EPIC (Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities) initiative approved a grant of TTD$35,000 for this community project. President of the Community Council, Gershwin Alexander stated that community empowerment with a focus on youth development must be practiced in order to achieve the highest standards of national development. He extended gratitude to the Digicel Foundation, MILAT instructors, Councillor Paul Leacock and in extension the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation for making upgrades to the park possible so that children in the community can have a safe space to play.
Play park equipment was also donated by Councillor for Bon Air/Arouca/Cane Farm, Mr. Paul Leacock through the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation.
Anne Marie Joseph, a resident of the community shared that she was very excited about the upgraded play park since her daughter and many of the other children in the community who are at home from school can now play in the park during the afternoon.
Digicel Foundation’s EPIC initiative is a small-grant initiative opened to registered community groups to fund small indoor and outdoor community projects which must be completed within 6-8 weeks. To date, with an investment of US$507,103 the Foundation has partnered with varying community groups to implement 104 EPIC initiatives, impacting over 36,000 persons throughout Trinidad and Tobago.