Playground project progressing

From left: Past President Rotary Club of Barbados West Ian Hinds, Assistant Governor and Chairman of Rotary Inclusive Play Trust Katrina Sam-Prescod and Sales and Marketing Manager Eric Hassell & Son Ltd. Aswad Bannister.

Excitement and anticipation filled the Hinds Transport grounds on October 4, as the container with the specially designed playground equipment, waited to be unloaded.

The first shipment of equipment for the construction of the Inclusive Play facility, an initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Barbados South and West, arrived at the port compliments Seaboard Marine though Eric Hassell & Son Ltd., which sponsored the ocean freight of more than 30 pieces of equipment weighing approximately 9,000 pounds. The specialty playground equipment, originating from Game Time in Alabama, arrived at the Barbados seaport more than a week ago and was then transported to Hinds Transport, where it would be temporarily stored.

The acquisition of the equipment is the first step in accomplishing Rotary’s goal of a fully accessible playground, where children of all abilities can play in a safe, secure playground facility.

Rotary’s Assistant Governor, Katrina Sam, said she was “pleased at the progress of the project and was grateful for the generous businesses and individuals who came to the aid of the project”.

TeleBarbados and Courts Barbados, as well as generous individuals such as Peter and Jan Boos have assisted with the purchase of the specific pieces of equipment. Their donations and the expertise of companies like Eric Hassell & Son Ltd. have helped propel the Inclusive Play project, which hopes to begin construction of the facility in the near future.

The Inclusive Play playground facility will give children with both physical and mental disabilities the chance to interact with their able-bodied peers and develop important life skills through play. The Rotary Clubs are dedicated to service and are passionate about completing the Inclusive Play project. For more information on the project, please visit or email

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