Matelot, Trinidad is one of the most remote settlements in The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. It is the last village on the North Eastern Coast of Trinidad, on the Paria Main Road. It is approximately 30 miles from the capital Port of Spain and is accessible via a single paved road which runs from Toco in the east and is separated from the rest of the island by the hills of the Northern Range. It is also the site of one of Amizade’s newest locations to serve.

Since 2012 Amizade has been partnering with the DORCAS Women’s Group to provide the opportunities for Amizade volunteers to serve and learn in Trinidad. In January 2013 a pilot program of Amizade volunteers visited Matelot to begin work on what will be an ocean side community park. Jon Ernest, a landscape architect student from West Virginia University, along with the DORCAS Women’s Group, local community members, and other Amizade volunteers worked together to devise a plan for the future Matelot Community Park. The plan includes a play area, camping and tent space, a shelter, dining space, an outdoor classroom, and much more! See the Site Analysis (Part 1) and Full Plan (Part 2) here.

Amizade volunteers in Matelot, Trinidad & Tobago

We have a beautiful plan and the community is excited and ready to help! But we need your support to make this park a reality for the community of Matelot!

Construction Description

Community Park plan

Entry Space
Re-use rocks that are buried to create edge for proposed pathway.
Pathway at 10′ width- edged with rocks for future plantings.
Space north of entry space to be used as Camp/Tent Space.

Limin’ Space
Rock garden will be main focal point in this space.
‘Spiral Jetty’ rock garden constructed from gathered rocks.
Rock garden will continue off entry pathway as shown in plan.

Play Space
Re-use current swingsets for tire swings.
Use old tires for ‘hop-scotch’ space.
Bury tires mostly underground to avoid standing water.

Camp/Tent Area
Dig trench from existing waterfall to ocean for draining to flow into ocean.
Edge existing waterfall with gathered rock to avoid drainage slip.
Fire Pit to be constructed near waterfall as shown on plan.
Re-use existing logs for seating around fire pit and waterfall.
Edge camping area with rocks as shown in plan.

Main Shelter (DORCAS Camp House)
Construct proposed tool shed inside camp house (far right corner)

Dining Space (Pavilion in front of Main Shelter)
Signage on outside to illustrate space.
Construct 4 stools for right side of shelter.
Construct table using existing material on left side of shelter to establish a dining space.
Construct bench that stretches length of above table.
Reestablish shelter and cleanup/ solidify loose metal of shelter.
Transplant dining tables that are located throughout the site to close proximity of Camp House and Dining Shelter.

Outdoor Classroom
Construct benches to create outdoor classroom within existing shelter.
Solidify existing shelter to be used for classes for community school as well as DORCAS events.

Hillside Facing Ocean/ River
Remove all low-growing vegetation.
Trim lower branches of trees, creating better views of ocean and river.