The design for the Centreville House grounds is a true reflection and enhancement of the original layout of the grounds surrounding Centreville House with the addition of various Lucayan inspired features to complete the historical picture. The overall plan incorporates various interesting special areas and features with particular attention being paid to the resurrection of the original fountain in front of the house as well as the creation of a children’s playground to the west of the house.
The existing Royal Palm is preserved making a dramatic and meaningful focus for the fountain.
As one of the principal features, it will be a truly inviting experience with the addition of a cascading water fall and rhythmic water spouts (using solar powered pumps).
The fountain will be re-created on its original footprint but elevated, to avoid any digging or disturbance to the environment.
A Duho, sculpted from limestone, will be located at the front of the fountain facing Shirley Street.
Underwater mural tiles reflecting Bahamian marine life and limestone sculptured seating will be placed around the water’s edge inviting parents to sit and children to wade into the water.
Low growing flowering, colourful shrubbery in the immediate vicinity of this feature with other low growing trees on the perimeter will not obstruct the view from the house and will complete the definition of this area.
The Pond is located at the northern edge of the property.
It is envisaged that the Pond will have a very natural, free-flowing feel to it and again with the use of a solar pump will have movement and sound. The fence line in this area will be heavily planted with tall hardwood trees and shrubbery to act as a buffer from the dirt and noise of Shirley Street traffic.
The Labyrinth is a whimsical feature made up of stepping stones inscribed with petroglyphs and small plants. The tree at the center was donated by Craig Roberts, from Native Sun Nursery.
The design for this playground is reminiscent of the layout of a Lucayan village and will follow the natural contours of the land which is partly defined by a narrow raised ridge and a very large, beautiful, Rubber Tree.
The focal point of the playground is a treehouse reminiscent of a Lucayan Chief’s hut and is large enough to have a small gathering of children for a story-telling session. The tree house will be suspended between existing trees on the westerly point and elevated at least 5′ above the ground with climbing ropes and ramps for access.
Arawak-Style Square Tree House - Chief’s Hut
A Lucayan hut for playing and hiding, as well as wood and native lime or coral stone totems in addition to a rock sculpture centered in a large sandpit, will complete the adventure.
Limestone totems and rock sculpture will be etched with petroglyphs telling a story; the tops indented,to act as a natural birdbath and encourage wild birdlife.
Sculpted Benches & Garbage Containers
Stone and wood benches, located here and throughout the park, will enable parents and others to sit, relax, chat with friends or watch their children at play.
Garbage cans will be sculptured from native stone and positioned around this area as well as other locations in the grounds.