Tue | Oct 23, 2018

Create green spaces, sports centres downtown

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

For as long as I can remember, l have heard successive govern-ments announce plans to demolish old, deplorable and unsafe buildings in the downtown Kingston area, but like most announcements that do not carry a glitzy PR element, they never get done.

As l am writing this, l am watching a US TV programme called Tennis in the Park, which involves youngsters from inner-city areas in New York who are taught by volunteers, including some well-known celebrities, to play tennis and interact with their peers in a safe and happy environment that teaches kids more than just sport.

Imagine the positive impact that a similar programme could achieve here, especially in the downtown area, if we could just get the courage and the will to put in place the necessary arrangements to smash down the old, ugly and unsafe buildings and replace them with parks and other green areas, as well as sporting facilities for tennis, basketball, etc, where youngsters could learn to play games while building their character.

The real fight against crime should be taking place in the parks where we teach our kids other perspectives of life that will position them to have a chance in the bigger game of life by instilling in them discipline.

WINSTON D. BARRETT

Manor Park, St Andrew