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Pig’s Field playground after an arson attack last April (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A group set up to lead the restoration of Pig’s Field playground is encouraging the community to donate funds towards the cause.

The Pig’s Field Family Connection was launched to work in tandem with community members and the Government to replace the playground that was burnt to the ground at the Pembroke site last April, while also developing the entire field as a thriving community hub.

The organisation obtained an official fundraising licence and gained charitable status to raise funds for the effort, and as a result has been able to make a down payment of $62,500 for new equipment.

Furthermore, the parks department has dedicated $22,000, which will cover shipping and customs exemption as well as picnic benches, tables and parameter fencing.

A further $62,500 is needed to complete the first phase of the project.

Rhydell Paynter, president of the committee, said: “On February 25, Pig’s Field Family Connection signed an MoU with the Government, the parks department, for a public-private partnership and that was a major milestone – it solidified the project.

“On April 4, we made a transaction of $62,500 to Horsefield Landscape and Design which will be bringing in the equipment and installing it.

“We chose the equipment and are now involved in the logistics as there are backlogs in shipping. We are hoping the equipment will land around end of summer, beginning of fall and will take a month after that to install.

“We received donations from corporations including major donor Aspen and some anonymous donors and we need the rest of the community on board to help raise the remaining funds.”

Patrina O'Connor-Paynter (File photograph)

Patrina O’Connor Paynter, committee co-secretary, who is also managing director for youth mentoring charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda, added: “We are feeling like some of the weight is being lifted now we have made the down payment.

“We are still trying to raise that final amount. There is a Pig’s Field Family Connection area on www.bdatix.bm where people can make donations that will go into the charity account.”

The project is being rolled out in phases – a second phase will look at security and lighting for which more funds will be required. The long-term aim is to provide maintenance and amenities including a community centre, bathrooms, seating and exercise equipment and a community garden.

Ms O’Connor Paynter added: “We want to show that this is for the entire community. We have had the public, the corporations and the Government all working together as it should be. Every donation counts no matter what it is.

“We are elated and excited. It has been amazing to see the support and it has been phenomenal to see everyone coming together to make something to happen for youth and the community.”

Those wishing to donate to the Pig’s Field Family Connection cause can deposit funds into Clarien Bank using the following details:

Bank account number: 6000252584

Account name: Pig’s Field Restoration

Donations can also be made via www.bdatix.bm.

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Published May 31, 2022 at 7:45 am (Updated May 31, 2022 at 7:45 am)

Pig’s Field coalition appeals for playground equipment funds

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