Botanic children’s park receives $20,000 from Clarke

The check presentation at the Botanic Park included, left to right, Lyell Clarke, Frank Clarke, Jim McNelly, Eugene Ebanks, Alan Wheeler, Minister Dwayne Seymour, Troy Jacob and John Lawrus.

The Children’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side is the recipient of US$20,000 from Clarke’s One For Tomorrow Next Gen Award program.

Botanic Park General Manager John Lawrus received the check from Dr. Lyell Clarke, president and CEO on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The money will be used to help develop the planned Children’s Garden on more than an acre of the extensive grounds that the park occupies in North Side.

The proposed Children’s Garden was part of the original master plan for the park, which was created in 1994.

The Botanic Park expects to start construction of the Children’s area this year with completion scheduled for 2019, Mr. Lawrus said.

“A purpose-designed, educational garden will help children develop an appreciation of nature, conservation and the environment that surrounds us,” Mr. Lawrus said.

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He said the design allows for structured learning on one side of the development. Meanwhile, the other side will facilitate learning through play, and will be open to residents, visitors and school groups.

Mr. Clarke said the men and women of Clarke select nonprofits for the benefit of people, the planet and wildlife.

“The ‘One For Tomorrow’ programme is an important part of Clarke’s ongoing commitment to making communities more livable, safe and comfortable, and we’re proud to support the excellent work of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park,” he said.

Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour was present for the handover of the check along with MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks and Troy Jacob, senior policy adviser for environment.

“The addition of an outdoor educational area and an on-site classroom will really enhance what the Botanic Park has to offer our young people,” Minister Seymour said. “I believe it will be well received by educators, by students and their parents, and will help to increase the number of younger people visiting the park.”

The Botanic Park was nominated for the award by Jim McNelly, unit director at the Mosquito Research and Control.

The Clarke award is a one-time grant that recognizes organizations striving to restore and/or preserve the environment, wildlife and food production. Clarke is a U.S.-based company that focuses on public health, mosquito control and aquatics services, Mr. Lawrus said.

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