Rehabilitation projects at the A.O. Shirley Recreational Grounds in Road Town are expected to be completed by 2020, following which full public access to the sporting facility will resume.
President of the BVI Athletic Association (BVIAA) Steve Augustine, gave that indication during the BVIAA’s recent General Assembly meeting.
“As it relates to the facilities, works on the synthetic plants at the walls surrounding the A.O. Shirley Grounds are currently on the way. We were given an expected completion date of about two weeks from commencement which means that this week or next week those works should be completed,” Augustine stated.
He also said that works to the pavilion which the association is pushing to have renamed in honour of the late coach Xavier ‘Dag’ Samuel, will be completed by the beginning of the second quarter next year.
“Completion of the new roof and interior renovations are scheduled for the end of May. So come the end of May, we should have full access to the pavilion,” the Athletic Association president said.
President Augustine further said that the lighting and stadium projects are both currently being tendered and will be completed within the first quarter of 2020.
He said: “The provision of the replacement lights is currently under tender, so they are out to bid with bid submissions due at the end of November and completion of the installation is scheduled for the end of February.”
“Repairs to the grandstand — the stadium seating is also planned with a scheduled completion date of those works in March 2020,” Augustine added.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of BVIAA Stephanie Russ-Penn said works are expected to be carried out on the throwing cage, where the shotput and discuss athletes practice.
“The throwing cage, we are looking at replacing the rings which would mean taking out the concrete. The throwers complain about the smoothness of the surface, so we are going to take the concrete out and we are going to replace it,” the General Secretary stated.
The funding of the rehabilitation of the facility is a joint effort from the BVIAA, the BVI Olympic Committee, the World Athletics formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and private sector investors.
The Virgin Islands Recover and Development Agency (RDA) is tasked with the oversight of the full rehabilitation process.