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  • Residents of Waterford in Portmore, St. Catherine, will now have a comfortable space for recreational activities, with the establishment of the first ever park in the community.
  • Targeted at children and the elderly, the creation of the park is the Labour Day (May 25) project for the Portmore Municipal Council.
  • The $2 million project involved collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, with input from citizens.

Residents of Waterford in Portmore, St. Catherine, will now have a comfortable space for recreational activities, with the establishment of the first ever park in the community.

Targeted at children and the elderly, the creation of the park is the Labour Day (May 25) project for the Portmore Municipal Council.

The $2 million project involved collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, with input from citizens.

State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, said the establishment of the park is yet another move to further develop the community which is “very organised”.

He noted that Waterford boasts a health  centre; basic, infant, primary and high schools; police station; fire station; post office; community centre; two or three green areas for sporting activities, and “this is just another addition to what exists in the community and I am sure it is a welcome addition.”

Mr. Fagan informed that part of the funds for the project was drawn from the $5 million the Portmore Municipal Council was awarded last year, for doing well in terms collection of property taxes. The funds are to be used for the development or improvement of community development programmes.

He noted that Waterford was a good choice for the project, as almost 100 per cent of property taxes in the area were paid up during the period.

This year’s Labour Day theme was: ‘Labour of Love, Nurturing Our Children’.