Sports complex in consideration
Published: May 22, 2013
ABACO – A representative from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, along with a multi-agency team came together on May 9 with a small group of stakeholders to discuss ideas for a sporting facility in Abaco.
Eugene Poitier, deputy permanent secretary at the ministry, said the government is seeking to increase the country’s ability to develop new talent and manage elite talent by building sporting complexes at international standards on several island in The Bahamas.
He also said that this is a “front burner” project for the government and this initial trip was designed to visit the site, and to meet with stakeholders in order to craft a vision for Abaco.
Abaco is slated to be home of the first project, which will be carried out by Integrated Building Services (IBS). The company was contracted to serve as planner, civil engineering designer, construction manager and project quality control for the ministry.
“This is a part of the government’s project to increase the level of sporting awareness, activity and expertise on the Family Islands and hopefully (increase) our resource pool when it comes to selecting national teams," he said.
The stakeholders present were asked for input into types of facilities they would like to see for Abaco. Stakeholders requested fields and facilities for track and field, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and swimming.
Dean said they plan to ensure that within their budget they will be able to build and equip the facilities, as well as make sure the facilities are managed.
After the discussion the team visited a proposed site in Murphy Town, next to Abaco Central High School, to assess the facilities and land available. The team included representatives from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) and Water and Sewerage, as well as a consultants from the Office of the Prime Minister.