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300 celebrate opening of family play park
It was indeed a fitting tribute to the Port-of-Spain communities when The Digicel Foundation in partnership with the Port-of-Spain City Corporation hosted a Kiddies Carnival Concert for the formal opening of the Digicel Foundation/ POS City Corporation Play and Fitness Zone at the King George V Park on Sunday.
More than 300 children from special needs institutions, orphanages, Sea Lots and the general public were treated to ice cream, sno-cones, popcorn and other yummy treats; all courtesy Digicel Foundation on this fun-filled day to commemorate the new and improved play park.
The Play and Fitness Zone, in which the Digicel Foundation has invested more than $1m to install and create the family-type atmosphere, is now complete with three new pieces of “monster” equipment for kids and an attractive picnic area outfitted with synthetic turf for families.
A release from Digicel said Port-of-Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee brought the feature remarks and encouraged parents and children to utilise the facility as a medium to curb obesity, combat lifestyle diseases and to build healthy family relationships.
He conveyed his pride and sincere delight that through the partnership with the foundation, the park was being dedicated in such a special way to the children of Port-of-Spain and the environs.
Tim Kee thanked Digicel Foundation for coming forward to be part of this important community initiative and further said, “it was for me a dream come true.”
Hazel Douglas, Digicel foundation director, expressed her pleasure at the community involvement and spirit that was evident especially among the children who were the guests of honour. Also in attendance were CEO Penny Gomez and directors Jessica Mohammed and Deborah Ramdhanie along with Digicel volunteers.
Digicel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez, director, Hazel Douglas and Mayor Tim Kee unveiled the equipment with a ribbon-cutting gesture while the children blew bubbles into the air to herald the exciting moment.
Completing the day’s festivities were explosive performances by the Digicel endorsees who sang their hearts out for the children and the guardians present.
At the end of the day, smiles could be seen on the faces of all attendees as the day and opening of the Digicel Foundation/POS City Corporation Play and Fitness Zone and the Digicel Foundation Kids Carnival Concert was pronounced a resounding success. The park is now open for public enjoyment.