Recreational facility commissioned in Paradise

DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Ministry of Social Cohesion in collaboration with the Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) Regional Democratic Council on Wednesday, February 28, commissioned a recreational ground in the Paradise community.

Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Youth, Culture, and Sport, Dr. George Norton and children of Paradise Village cutting the ribbon for the opening of the Paradise ground.

Regional Community Enhancement Officer, Dolston Huston said the ground, which was officially commissioned by Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Youth, Culture, and Sport, Dr. George Norton, will expand the sporting fraternity of the Mahaica-Berbice region beyond their dreams.

The ground was fenced to the tune of $7M with works commencing November 22. Its completion was slightly delayed due to adverse weather conditions. “Not only does the community have a fenced recreational facility now, but 85 percent of labour force during the rehabilitation was from the community, even the blocks were bought in the very community”, Huston explained.

“The project is a dream come through for many”, Chairman of the Neighborhood Democratic Council (NDC) Emile Wilson highlighted and expressed profound gratitude on behalf of the residents.

Minister Norton recalled that the ground’s rehabilitation was a commitment made to resident’s years ago and added that “more will be done in time to come.” He added that plans are on stream to donate some gear-balls, cricket gear, and football uniform soon to the NDC. He urged the residents to take care of the ground and parents, to encourage their children to play a sport, and develop their skill set in a sporting area.

Meanwhile, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones said measures will also be put into place soon for the ground to have lights. He also explained that teams are currently disseminated around the country, conducting field assessments to best determine which grounds should be enhanced this year.

Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for Youth, Culture, and Sport, Dr. George Norton, Regional Executive Officer of Region5, Ovid Morrison, and Chairman of the Neighborhood Democratic Council, Emile Wilson sitting at the commissioning of the Paradise ground.


By: Zanneel Williams


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