The Pinelands community lies about two miles to the east of Bridgetown. It is the largest low income community in Barbados to date. According to the 2000 Population Census, it consists of 3,469 residents dwelling in 1121 households; 390 separate houses and 731 Government units, ranging from duplexes to two-storey apartment blocks.
Pinelands is the oldest housing area made up of wall structures. This area was formerly sugar plantation lands. It is a very large area and the housing area is laid out in four sections: Princess Royal Avenue; Golden Rock and Phillips Road; Regent Hill; and Parkinson Field.
This community consists of persons mainly under 50 years old is characterized with high levels of unemployment, high levels of under-achievers leaving school and high levels of persons without any qualifications. As a community, Pinelands have come a long way from being bastardized, stigmatized and ostracized. The story of Magistrate Perry who sent Pinelands resident coming before him directly to Prison, every time without fail, is still told and dubbed PPP (Perry, Pine, Prison.)
While the community still suffers some discrimination against it, the area is recognized for the talent it has produced in sports, entertainment, culture and academics. There is even a sitting magistrate who grew up in Pinelands and still lives in the area.
This community is located on a curved strip of land and shares a common boundary on the southern and eastern sides of Pinelands. For all intents and purposes, residents of Wildey see themselves caught up in the reputation of Pinelands, although some residents would seek to distance themselves from the earlier reputation of of the area.
To serve a community of 3,469 residents, Pinelands contains a basketball court in Princess Royal and a pavilion, a small playing field and a community centre in Parkinson Field. However, residents share the facilities in its sister community, Wildey, which have a basketball court, two large playing fields and a small pavilion.
Using these resources the residents of Pinelands developed community programmes in culture and sports, which led the community on a path of recovery from the bad reputation it had acquired. The existence of Regents Youth Group, now the Pinelands Soccer Academy, has ensured that a football and cricket programme for the youth is on-going.
Pinelands Creative Workshop has taken over the role of the defunct Pinelands Development Council and has engaged the community at all levels, from sports to academics to poverty eradication and general social upliftment of members of the community. It has coordinated training and education programmes giving hope to otherwise lost and wayward youth. PCW has generated employment and created expertise through micro-business training and through cultural performances in dance and drama.