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Park closed after 'shocking' discovery

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

A children's play park in Debe was shut down yesterday as the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) investigated reports of electrified metal bars near a slide.

Serenity Heights Recreation Ground was cordoned off and residents were advised to steer clear.

The play park, located in the housing development, was opened last year.

A parent, Kubir Rampersad, said on Wednesday afternoon he leaned against a metal bar to assist his daughter in getting on the slide when he was "zapped".

"My seven-year-old daughter was going on the slide and I leaned against the metal bar when I was shocked. I did it again because I couldn't believe it and it happened again. I took my daughter away and told the other parents," he said.

Rampersad, a secondary school teacher, said he contacted the park caretaker and an official of the HDC.

He said: "My concern is the children. They are barefoot and their hands are sometimes wet. This can be disastrous for these little children.

This is a beautiful park, where children can go after school to relax and play. I don't want them to shut it down, but to find out what happened and rectify the problem. I have been here before, but this is the first time it has happened."

HDC managing director Jearlean John said the residents contacted the project manager responsible for the park on Wednesday.

"But I just sent an e-mail to project management to conduct investigations. They are to go down there and find out what's happening and send a status to us. They have been instructed to resolve the problem immediately," she said.

Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) communications manager Annabelle Brasnell said she was not aware of the incident.

"T&TEC south area was not contacted about the incident. But we are prepared to respond as soon as possible," she said.

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