Iguana Street basketball court rehabilitated Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

On Monday May 15, young men and residents of the Collett constituency gathered at the Iguana Street basketball court as the newly refurbished basketball court was inaugurated once again. Originally constructed in 1996, the court has seen very little improvement over the years and the decision was taken that it was time for a facelift. After a 12 thousand dollar investment, the court saw a resurfacing of the court along with painting and installation of backboards and rims and the refurbishing of the bleachers.

Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, and Area Representative was on hand to throw the first official shot at the rim from the free throw line. He was accompanied by Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Education, Michael Brown, who himself got a few shots at the rim. Speaking at the opening Hon. Faber explained that his ministry is on a mission to continue to work for residents in his constituency. He explained that in the past the National Sports Council refurbished another facility in the Fabers road area and will continue by doing work on a football field also in the Fabers road area.

When he spoke of the Iguana street court he expressed hope that the court will be able to help with the development of young men in the area especially given the escalation of crime in the area. The drive to improve sporting facilities is not isolated to the Collett constituency and Hon. Faber said that by the end of this month the Sports Council will inaugurate the new lights at the  Marion Jones complex and shortly thereafter the steel beams that are in the compound will be removed from there for the stadium to be officially inaugurated. When speaking of this, the Minister made special mention that these works have nothing to do with others which the government is currently engaged in through Belize Infrastructure Limited that is seeing the construction of state of the art sporting facilities across the country. He made special mention of the new football stadium which will be inaugurated on Sunday May 21 in San Pedro which will feature a synthetic field similar to that which is at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan.

Before ending his address, Hon. Faber urged residents to take care of the facility on Iguana Street for it to serve a long time.