The community spaces project first started in January of 2020 to create accessible, open areas where persons could socialize in welcoming environments. Several spaces were identified in consultation with SMDF, NLRC, MECYS and NSI including the outdoor spaces at the MHSC and the RISC which are now being presented to the communities that those facilities are located in. The Cay Hill community council and Dukes Drive Residents Association and Sucker Garden community leaders Association were instrumental in the development and planning of the community spaces which reflects the desires of those communities.
The Department of Sport is excited about the development of the community spaces and will continue to collaborate with the various community stakeholders. The persons within those communities are encouraged to take ownership, by taking care of and discouraging vandalism to the community spaces which have been developed for all. This collaboration has shown the importance of bringing Government and organizations together to systematically solve existing problems whilst also building collaborative communities. The Minister of ECYS recognized all the hard work of the various stakeholders in coordinating the development of the community spaces and we are all looking forward to seeing the space serve as a vehicle for establishing social cohesion within the community and the stimulation of participation in sport and physical activities.