Mission & Objectives
To design and create, within the environs of Centreville House, a park or open space reflective of the inherent elegance and history of the existing house, at the same time honouring the broader reference of the Lucayan Indian heritage in The Bahamas.
The concept has as its foundation, the restoration of the original fountain and surrounding area as well as the creation of a children’s environmentally friendly playground. It is intended that both the east and west front sections of the property should encompass areas for both quite and active use for visitors of all ages and physical abilities.
The grounds are to be transformed in such a way, utilising indigenous materials of stone and wood and bringing water features into a downtown location that, in a uniquely Bahamian way, it will emulate the informal ambience of some of the parks in Europe.
The dual intention of this project is to offer an interactive experience that is both pleasurable and informative in a subliminal way; the possibilities are endless for both passive and active experiences - classroom visits, small bands playing music, theatre in the park that young and old alike will feel able to freely access and use. There are also quiet areas for sitting, reading or meditating as well as paths to walk and places of play.
It is hoped that this park will become an integral part of Nassau and its future growth and that the community will take “ownership” from the outset by participating physically in the transformation of the grounds or could offer support with financial or other contributions.
Ultimately, the goal is that this will be an innovative and educational resource: a source of relaxation and enjoyment: a feature which will enhance the tourist product: and ownership which will instill a sense of pride in our history of the Bahamas.
Consultant: Orjan Lindroth
Lindroth Development Company
Project Leader: Antonius Roberts, Sculptor
Landscape Architect: Carlos Butler
Contributing Artists: Jason Bennett, Jessica Colebrooke
Writer: Victoria Sarne