The AO Shirley Recreational Grounds in Road Town is closed to the public.
This is to facilitate works that just commenced at the sporting facility. These works are expected to last approximately four weeks, the ministry responsible for education, sports, and culture has said.
Works are expected to be done on the track and on the bathroom facilities at the grounds. These repairs are being done through the Recovery and Development Agency under the guidance of the BVI Athletic Association and the BVI Olympic Committee.
“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 AO Shirley Grounds will not be open for use by anyone. 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,” said Dr Marcia Potter, the Permanent Secretary in the aforementioned ministry.
The facility has therefore been cordoned while works are ongoing. This, the ministry said, is also to keep the track protected and to prevent persons from using the facility as a thoroughfare.
“Trainers, athletes and other persons as asked to refrain from using the recreation grounds while the works are being carried out,” the ministry reiterated in a media release on Thursday. “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.”
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