Tuesday, January 16, 2018

George V Park now Nelson Mandela Park

‘...residents weren’t consulted’


‘SURPRISE’: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who became the first black president of South Africa. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid.

Mark Fraser

Residents of St Clair say they were not consulted before a decision was taken to rename George V Park in St Clair.

The park, which is to be renamed in a ceremony scheduled for tomorrow, will be called Nelson Mandela Park, in honour of the late South African freedom fighter and president.

The decision to rename the Park comes three months after discussion among members of the Port of Spain City Corporation to pay tribute to Mandela, who died last year at the age of 95 after suffering from a respiratory infection.

Describing the renaming of the Park as a “surprise”, councillor for the area, Cleveland Garcia, said the Woodbrook Community Association, through the Ministry of Tourism, had erected a marble plaque detailing the history of George V Park and would like the plaque to remain in place at the park.

“Whilst we may have our views about the changing of the name of the park, I would really like them to leave the History of George V Park there for our future generations and perhaps construct another plaque with the History of Nelson Mandela,” Garcia said in a news release.

Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee could not be reached for comment yesterday.