Residents of Guyhoc Square now have the use of a recreational ground following intervention by the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport. The project cost$1.5M.
The project was done under the Ministry’s Ground Enhancement Programme.
In brief remarks at the handing over of the ceremony, of the ground to the residents of the Georgetown community, Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry said that the Ground Enhancement Project aims to enhance and develop community grounds which can be used by children and elders.
Minister Henry further explained that close to 50 grounds around the country are currently being rehabilitated to be made available for community recreational purposes.
During a visit to two other recreational grounds on which work is ongoing; one at Freeman Street and the other at East Ruimveldt, Minister Henry said that the ministry wants to “ensure that the grounds we work on meet the minimal acceptable standard of what is required of a recreational area.”
The grounds will be outfitted with stands and light-emitting diode (LED lights), Minister Henry explained.
Minister Henry highlighted that the ministry is open to collaboration with any ministry or agency that aligns with their mandate of providing green recreational spaces for communities.
According to a GINA report, the ground enhancement project is aimed at providing the platform for athletes’ development in communities across Guyana. This is part of the Ministry’s plan to harness quality athletes by ensuring they have the necessary facilities.