Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC) the Hon. Daniel Johnson met with various stakeholders to “put the final touches on the Abaco sports facilities project” for both Murphy Town and Moors Island, announcing that ground will be broken in May 2014.
Mr. Johnson, along with MYSC Permanent Secretary Calvin Balfour and Deputy Permanent Secretary Eugene Poitier and Abaco’s MYSC Head Ishmael ‘Stretch’ Morley and Nick Dean of IBS (engineers for the project) met with representatives of Baker’s Bay, where he said that talks were “fruitful”. The team also spoke with community partners in Murphy and Dundas Town as well as Pastor Anthony Williams in Moors Island.
“Today we want to let Abaco know that the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture came to put the final touches on the consultation for the Abaco sports facilities project for Murphy Town area and Moors Island,” he said.
“We are now looking forward to breaking ground in the Abacos for both facilities in the month of May this year. This time is going to be fabulous.”
Mr. Johnson said that they will unveil the signage in about four weeks’ time as well as let people see a presentation on the facilities.
He said the presentation will show off track and field, which he said will probably be first to be built, as well as highlight the soccer and football field, and baseball field and softball field. He added that there will be a multi-purpose gym and a pool at last – “a 50 meter pool for the young champions of Abaco. We’ve seen the work they can do!”
He noted that the facilities will have proper parking, lighting and landscaping.
Mr. Johnson said he asked if Livingston Marshall, Senior Vice President of Environmental and Community Affairs at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, “can get the guys who build golf courses, put them together with the guys who build luxury homes, come somewhere in the middle for us and get us a product that everyone can be proud of for the Abacos.”
“I’m very happy to say we are here to day and it’s on the way, and we will be back in a couple weeks as we get the signage made up and make another presentation, the ground breaking in May and this summer the work begins,” he said.
He said it will be about a $2 million build out when completed. “We are going to share the costs with our various community partners, and the government will be responsible for the infrastructure side of it.”
He said they are asking people to get together in Abaco as community and when they have all the details they will let people know and give them the opportunity to get involved in the various pieces of the project.
“Everything you expect is going to be there but the look and feel is going to be first class.” He said.