The Maria Holder Memorial Trust is set to upgrade or build 11 play parks across Barbados in commemoration of the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, celebrated on November 30, last year. Word of this has come from the Chairman and Co-founder of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Christopher Holder. He was speaking at the official opening of the Maria Holder Nursery School, Gall Hill, yesterday morning, where he revealed that the decision to launch this project as a gift to Barbados in recognition of the country’s Golden Jubilee was only recently made. 

He told the audience which included Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart; Minister of Education, Ronald Jones and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator Darcy Boyce, that the existing play park at Wotton, Christ Church, will be the first to have work done on it. “So some of them will be refurbished, some will be brand new play parks. Again, opportunities to get these kids out there, being active,” he said. He added that they will also be building a music park with outdoor musical instruments from Freenotes Harmony Park and a skate park facility near the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. Holder revealed it will be completed towards the end of this year, early 2018. He explained that it is a phased project, and once the first phase is successful and looked after properly, they will move ahead with the other two phases.

Meanwhile, Holder expressing concern about coverage in the press about the conditions of the State-owned Geriatric Hospital and other elderly care facilities on the island said the Trust also has plans on stream to facilitate much-needed improvements to the Geriatric Hospital. He indicated that just prior to Christmas, officials of the Trust paid a visit to the Geriatric Hospital, and they intend to redevelop significant parts of that facility. “We are determined to make a significant change and improvement to the facility for the elderly here in Barbados,” the Chairman of the Trust stated. 

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