By Benjamin Flowers
The Rotary Club of Belize District 4250, this week, inaugurated it’s 15th play ground, this time in Lords Bank village.
The park, inaugurated on Tuesday, was built through a cooperation between the Rotary Club of Belize, Rotary Interact Club of Vegreville Alberta Canada, the Emmanuel Foundation and the Lords Bank Community.
According to Rotary President Tessa Usher, the items for the park, donated by their Canadian counterparts, valued at US $80,000, however, the entire cost of the project had they not covered the other expenses would have been closer to US$150,000.
“We have a playground committee which choses the sites for these projects based on certain criteria,” Usher said. “One of the criteria is that it must impact as many lives as possible, in this case it will benefit the entire Lords Bank community.”
He explained that all parties signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lords Bank village council, which has pledged to assume responsibility for the playground’s upkeep.
A part of the Rotary’s mandate is to conduct community projects that will better the lives of the residents of those communities. Usher added that building playgrounds helps in numerous ways such as crime reduction by giving children a safe recreational space to express themselves.
The next playground will be installed at the St. John’s Vianney R.C. primary school compound in Belize City, and is scheduled for February 2016.
Earlier this year, a similar project was held at the Queen Square Anglican Primary School compound.