Flamingo Gardens facility named after ‘Boston Blackie’
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: May 07, 2013
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson has adopted the famous quote “build it and they will come”, using it as motivation on his latest community-building project.
On Saturday Johnson officially opened the Flamingo Gardens Community Park, in the Carmichael Road area. The multi-facility center is the home of the Bahamas Boxing Commission and a newly renovated boxing gym. A baseball field, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, are also on the park, making it a complete outdoor sporting complex. The Flamingo Gardens Park is the first on a long list of facilities that will be renovated, according to the minister.
“This is our community effort what we have put in place, a community center where persons can come together, through sports,” he said. “I feel sports can bring persons together like no other activities can. All we are asking now is for the young people to come and get involved. We have professional trainers out here so they will be getting the best.
“The community center is built up now. It is well lit, there are CCTV cameras that are connected to the police station, the persons who live around the park, they are getting involved and everyone is very excited. The boxing professional commission is housed in the same building with the boxing gym, so they will give the amateur groups proper guidance. We are going to have professional tennis instructors here. We have refurbished the tennis courts for them to use. There are two young ladies who won scholarships to go to college, they started out on this court about 15 years ago, and they are coming back this summer to run some programs for the kids. The new baseball diamond is finished, completing the baseball field. There are proper dugouts, bleachers are now in the area, the fence is up and they can come down and play. We are now looking to install basketball and volleyball on the southern perimeter. There is a pond here with about 25 different birds. We were very fortunate to have a playground already on the park, so you see how we are trying to build the community, take this area and make it the centerpiece of Carmichael.”
The new boxing facility was officially named after local boxing great, Leonard ‘Boston Blackie’ Miller on Saturday. Johnson said more parks will be named after some of the top sporting leaders in the country. Community parks on the Family Islands will also get a facelift, according to Johnson.
He said: “I wanted to lead by example. I think in politics you can’t talk it, you should do it. I wanted to show my colleagues in very simple form what the template is and what we can do for a community. It brings people together. This is not a tough design and it is not hard to do. We will go around The Bahamas, not just in Nassau but all around in the Family Islands and put in these parks.”
The next stop on the list is Abaco, then the parks in the Farm Road, Centerville area.