Presentation, Hon. Jonel Powell, fourth from left, Minister responsible for Youth and Sports et al, and Parliamentary Representative for Constituency #2, with E. James ‘Barman’ Hanley, far right, Chairperson of the Dorset Park Committee.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Dorset Park Committee has received another donation to assist efforts to maintain and enhance Dorset Park, which functions as a sport and recreation facility.

On January 8, the Hon. Jonel Powell, Minister responsible for Youth and Sports et al, and Parliamentary Representative for Constituency #2, where Dorset Park is located, presented $6,000 worth of building materials and gardening equipment to the committee during a presentation ceremony.

The donation included several palettes of blocks, buckets, cans of paint, a wheelbarrow, pickaxe, shovels, and rakes. Powell congratulated the volunteers for their dedication to the upkeep of the facility over the decades.

“They are real examples of what we all should be doing in various communities,” said Powell. “These persons here really exude our country’s motto ‘Country Above Self.’ Thank you for the work that you continue to do. You have my support, as representative, to continue to ensure that Dorset Park is a place where anyone of any age, from this community or outside, can come and feel safe and enjoy themselves.”

Minister Jonel Powell with members of the community and donated materials and supplies.

The Dorset Park Committee plans to refresh the paint in some areas, ring the flowers with blocks, and resurface the basketball court, among other upgrades.

Chairperson of the Dorset Park Committee, E. James “Barman” Hanley, expressed gratitude for the donation. He noted that the facility was opened in 1980. The community spirit has ensured that the park remains clean and up-to-date with offerings for everyone.

“We are a closely-knit community. We will not see people vandalizing the place and leave it like that,” he said, adding that the donation will be put to good use.

Last week, Governor-General His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton personally donated a Husqvarna 21” Electric Start Lawnmower to the Dorset Park Committee.