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Repair works begin On A.O. Shirley Grounds Track

An aerial view of the A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Rehabilitation works on the track at the A.O. Shirley Recreational Grounds has commenced and is expected to continue for approximately four weeks.

This is according to a press statement issued by the Government Information Service (GIS) today, January 17, 2019, which reminded that the facilities had suffered damage as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017.


The needed repairs to the track and the bathroom facilities are being done by the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), on behalf of the Ministry for Education of Culture and under the guidance of the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) and the BVI Athletic Association (BVIAA).

Funding for this project has come directly from the BVIOC, the BVIAA and the Virgin Islands Recovery Trust Fund.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Education and Culture, Dr Marcia Potter is quoted in the statement, expressing satisfaction with the commencement of reconstruction of the track at the grounds and is cautioning the public about its use during this time.


Dr. Potter said, “I am indeed happy to see the commencement of this project…Our athletes will once again be able to practice and develop their skills in a space that is conducive to do so."

During this time of reconstruction, however, the A. O. Shirley Grounds will not be open for use by anyone," Dr Potter said and explained that "this precautionary measure is to ensure the safety of the public and the ease in carrying out the works that will result in an improved track.”

The grounds will be cordoned off so as not to be used as a thoroughfare, in order for the track to be protected so the repair works can be effective.

Trainers, athletes and other persons as asked to refrain from using the recreation grounds while the works are being carried out.

Once completed, the refurbished track will once again be suitable for training and recreation, and be of the standard to host regional and international competition.

The A.O. Shirley Recreational Grounds facilitates training to a wide cross section of athletes including track and field, shotput, long jump, soccer and rugby, and for recreational activities. It is part of the Ministry for Education and Culture’s portfolio under the Recreation Trust.

1 Response to “Repair works begin On A.O. Shirley Grounds Track”

  • wize up (17/01/2019, 17:59) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    I willing to bet anyone that an election is coming soon: mad rush to fix this and fix that: man out cutting bush: it happens religiously just before another election

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