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  • Rehabilitation of the Cornwall Court Kiddies Park has been identified as the St. James parish project for Labour Day 2015.
  • Mayor of Montego Bay and co-chairman of the St. James Labour Day Planning Committee, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the 450-square metre park will be upgraded to create a beautiful and safe recreational space for the 15,000 residents of the area, many of whom are children.
  • This is in keeping with this year’s theme: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing Our Children’.

Rehabilitation of the Cornwall Court Kiddies Park has been identified as the St. James parish project for Labour Day 2015.

Mayor of Montego Bay and co-chairman of the St. James Labour Day Planning Committee, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the 450-square metre park will be upgraded to create a beautiful and safe recreational space for the 15,000 residents of the area, many of whom are children.

This is in keeping with this year’s theme: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing Our Children’.

In an interview with JIS News today (May 6), following a meeting of the Parish Labour Day Committee, Mayor Harris, outlined that the scope of work will include construction of a block wall and repairs to the existing chain-link fencing to secure the area.

He said a playground with necessary equipment, will be created, and the park will be retrofitted with solar lamps for proper lighting at night.

Mayor Harris said the budget for the undertaking is estimated at over $700,000 “just for the material.”

Other major projects in the parish include beautification of the roadway leading from Rose Hall to the Rhynie Park housing development, and completion of construction work on the Norwood Health Centre.

Norwood with a population of approximately 20,000 residents who rely on the Montego Bay Type V Clinic and other primary health facilities in and around the city, as well as the Cornwall Regional Hospital, for healthcare.

“With (the clinic operational) there, it would ease the burden on several other primary health facilities and the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” Mayor Harris said.

The work on the Norwood Health Centre is estimated at over $450,000, while an estimate for the Rhynie Park project is being finalised.

Mayor Harris informed that the Parish Council has established sub-committees to mobilise sponsorship and volunteers for the three major projects, while community organisations will spearhead other projects for Labour Day.

Mayor Harris is encouraging partnerships between the citizens’ associations and private sector entities to maintain the projects beyond Labour Day.

Efforts to this end are already in progress, he advised.