Park Izmery is the only open space in an inner city neighborhood of Port au Prince. It offers safety and room for the community to meet, play, exercise, learn and have fun.
A new regulation size basketball court has been completed and is ready for use by the local schools, basketball teams, and community members. A source of income for the park toward sustainability, the court can be used for community functions as well.
Four years ago, with the help of a group of Berkshire County high school students and local Haitian community members, a trash dump was cleared and replaced with garden. Trenches were dug for irrigation and a well pump restored. A local community member is hired to plant and farm the garden. Food from the garden is used in the daily meals for the children.
Feed my Starving Children
Space is leased to Feed My Starving Children for a storage container of boxed food. The food is distributed from the park once a month and local people are hired to help pack and distribute the food to the many programs in the Port au Prince and surrounding areas that work with children.
SCHOOL PHYSICAL EXERCISE CLASSES AND TOURNAMENTS
Having a field and open space allows area teams to participate in tournament play at Park Izmery. The primary school in back of the park meets once a week for a PE class and there are interclassroom matches each week. High school tournaments take place in June and the Adult soccer league hosts a tournament each summer.
Each year the neighborhood Catholic church sponsors a Christmas dinner for the community as a celebration of sharing and goodwill. An annual health clinic is hosted on the field for everyone in the community.
A Farmer support group from Jeremie and a Clean the Neighborhood group use the park meeting space on Saturdays and Sundays when the park is open to the community from 3:00-6:00.