A park upgrade in Nassau gives kids a safe place to play.
Jesmeika Munroe, chair, Public Relations Committee, Nassau A.M. Kiwanis Club
A park in the Nassau Village community got a much-needed upgrade, thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. (KCNAM).
As part of the Kiwanis One Day project, the effort to upgrade the park was called the “Let’s Paint the Park” initiative.
Kiwanis One Day is the day clubs around the world perform services to improve their communities. Annually, Kiwanis International is known to celebrate Kiwanis One Day in the month of October.
However, due to unprecedented times, KCNAM’s One Day project was postponed until January 2021. Imposed lockdown restrictions for the Bahamas and safety protocols as a result of increased COVID-19 cases hindered this much-anticipated event.
With more time to plan came the idea and pooling of resources to upgrade a park in Nassau Village. In recent times, the Nassau Village community has faced many challenges.
“We saw it fit to share a much-needed message of hope and love,” KCNAM President D’Andrea Davis says.
While the Nassau Village park upgrade started as a One Day project, it turned into three Saturdays. Under the theme “Making a Difference Together, Passion Led, Purpose Driven,” Davis, along with Youth Services and Young Children Priority One, dedicated January 23 and 30 and February 6, 2021, to completing the project.
A total of 36 Kiwanians, along with representatives from K-Kids, Builders Club and Key Club, joined the project. The community park stands as a beacon of light to many youngsters looking to blow off steam through basketball and other outdoor sports.
The “Let’s Paint the Park” initiative ended with Kiwanians walking throughout the community distributing 100 treat bags and baby products. Nassau Village Parliament Member Halson D. Moultrie graciously saluted Kiwanians from KCNAM for their work in his constituency.
This story originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Kiwanis magazine.