Construction has begun on a new sports complex in Moore’s Island which includes a new track and field on property just across from the airport and is expected to be completed by early 2017.
The project is part of a larger government contract to upgrade infrastructure in Moore’s Island which was awarded to Big Cat Equipment from Abaco.
Integrated Building Services designed the site and is managing the project but the Ministry of Works is handling the finances for the island-wide project.
The sports complex is being constructed over a 17.4 Acre site and will contain a grass surface track and grassed soccer in field. In addition to the track and soccer field the site will include a beach volleyball court, beach soccer pitches, cross country running trail, basketball court, hard surfaced volleyball court, multi-Use pavilion, picnic area and a Tot Lot (children’s play area).
Also under construction just across from the new track and field is the Moore’s Island Student Athlete Program (MISAP) Dormitory Building.
MISAP is a registered non-profit organization that recognized the work of Pastor Anthony Williams with the successes of the Moore’s Island Track Club and embarked to expand on this work by creating a structured organization with the goal of developing student athletes who would qualify to receive college scholarships for track and field.
Chairman Nick Dean, (Principal of Integrated Building Services, Ltd) said, “Our goal is to have more Moore’s Islanders and mainland Abaco kids attend college than ever before. Track and field will be the vehicle to make that happen.”
The MISAP dorm is a 4,000 square foot building being constructed to house student athletes who will live and train in Moore’s Island.
The dorm will house 20 to 30 boys eventually and will be completed by the end of the year. The building will also function as a hurricane shelter for Moore’s Islanders during major storm events (the building can comfortably hold 60 + persons in an emergency).
“The dorm is an example of a public private partnership between my company (Integrated Building Services, Ltd. – www.gointegrated.com) and the Bahamas Government,” Mr. Dean said.
He said, “IBS has agreed to handle the site designs and project management of the complex in exchange for a government grant to MISAP to construct the dorm. MISAP is building the dorms with the help of a substantial government grant and small donations from private donors including the MISAP board members.”