Tobago’s Play Parks are soon to get a facelift and a full revamp in some instances. This means repairs, general maintenance and replacement of equipment, upgrades and updates. Play Parks are open 7 days per week.
A comprehensive maintenance plan is being developed for all 11 public play parks on the island. The assessment for the plan has already begun by the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs (DSYA).
The holistic assessment will consider safety and accessibility issues, the condition of equipment and structures and effectiveness in physical development.
Secretary for the Division, Tracy Davidson-Celestine says: “Children’s safety and exercise are ultra-important and has to be a priority. Some of the parks will need reviewing, updating and general maintenance.”
She adds: “Future planning is critical for upkeep. We are happy to undertake the steps to make the Play Parks more modern and practical and replace facilities where recommended and necessary.”
The current assessment process has already resulted in the closure of the Plymouth Play Park. A recent evaluation indicated the equipment is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. As such, the DSYA advises that the Plymouth Play Park is now closed to the public until further notice. The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs is committed to developing safe and accessible play parks across Tobago.
The 11 public play parks are located at Calder Hall, Buccoo, Plymouth (near Fort James), Studley Park/Fort Granby, Roxborough Renaissance, Louis D’or, Charlotteville, Speyside (at recreation ground), Lucy Vale, Bon Accord and Adventure. It is estimated that the parks are used by about 4,000 children per year.