New Playground Brings Joy and Unity to Cooks Extension

From Left to Right (Mr. Michael Joseph- Co-Founder of Fire Phoenix Foundation; Ms. Bonnie Floyd- Founder of Bonnie Floyd Ministries; Mr. Joseph Pinder- Chairman of Pinder Finance & Development Company; Hon. Richard Lewis- Parliamentary Representative for Rural West; One Desk Representative)


Pinder Finance and Development, Bonnie Floyd Ministries with support from One Desk, and Fire Phoenix Foundation have joined forces to create a brand-new playground in the heart of Cooks Extension.

This collaborative effort aims to enhance the quality of life for the community’s  children while fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among its residents. 

The newly constructed playground, located in the Eldeana R. Martin Recreational Community  Park, is now open and ready to bring endless hours of fun and excitement to the children of  Cooks Extension.

Equipped with state-of-the-art play structures, slides, and interactive games,  the playground offers a safe and stimulating environment that encourages physical activity and  imaginative play. 

Picture of Playground

The vision behind this project was to create a space that not only provides recreational  opportunities but also promotes inclusivity and community engagement. J. Pinder Finance and  Development, a prominent local real estate company, recognized the need for such a facility  and generously donated 6 Acres of land to create the Eldeana R. Martin Recreational  Community Park which houses the playground. Their commitment to community development  and investment in Cooks Extension has been crucial to the success of this venture. 

Bonnie Floyd Ministries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting underprivileged  communities, through their partnership with One Desk, lent its expertise to funding the purchase  of the playground.

Rendering for the future Eldeana R. Martin Recreational Community Park


They were also integral in mobilizing a team of volunteers from abroad to  construct the playground. Their invaluable guidance in creating an inclusive space ensures that  children of all abilities can enjoy the playground without limitations. 

Fire Phoenix Foundation, known for its commitment to social empowerment and youth  development, offered its on-the-ground logistical support and funding to cover the local costs  associated to the completion of the playground.  

The playground’s grand opening was celebrated with a lively event attended by community  members, local leaders, and representatives from J. Pinder Finance and Development, Bonnie  Floyd Ministries, One Desk and Fire Phoenix Foundation.


The event featured engaging  activities, entertainment for all attendees to enjoy and concluded with a ribbon cutting  ceremony. 

This collaborative effort has not only provided Cooks Extension with a much-needed  recreational space but has also brought the community together, fostering a sense of pride and  ownership.

The playground will serve as a catalyst for friendship, laughter, and shared  memories for generations to come. 








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  1. There is nothing wrong with a playground in the area to keep the youngsters engaged in clean fun see that stone structure in the background? That was built by enslaved people from that very community. That estate had a name, number of enslaved people that lived and worked there. There is even a well documented log of the activities that took place on that estate. We are a traumatized people. Instead of just overlaying such an important but cruel piece of history with a playground, go to the museum and get to Paddy aka “the greo” for more details on that plantation. Educate the people from the area about the plantation..maybe in form of a plaque with all the details..let them comprehend what took place there. It’s one of the first steps in healing from any trauma..a form of debriefing..even if its 400 years later. The wrongs need to be acknowledged so that they are never repeated.

    • It was called Cooks Estate. I don’t think this is an appropriate place to build anything. These sugar mill towers should be preserved and restored as places for tourists to visit and generate income for the country and its people.

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