Minister of Sport Brent Sancho visited the Brian Lara Recreation Ground yesterday in effort to understand the scope of construction being undertaken by the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
Accompanied by West Indies legend Brian Lara, Minister Sancho viewed drawings and was updated by contractors on the progress at the Ground, which when completed will feature a 500 seat pavilion with change rooms and storage areas, car park, cricket nets, an outdoor basketball court and a children’s play park.
The Sport Minister is also reported to have expressed keen interest in exploring income-generating opportunities for regional recreation grounds across the country, this to serve as a boost to the community’s business prospects as well as contribute to the country’s sport tourism product.
Minister Sancho indicated that he was grateful to have input from Mr Lara while noting that elite athletes should be consulted when facilities are being built, as their experiences of competing at international venues was invaluable to the development of the local sporting infrastructure.
Lara went on to point out that in his view, the outfield and pitch at the Ground were of a high enough quality to permit warm-up, practice and training sessions for visiting regional and international teams as well as community level interventions for football and cricket.
The contractor on the project CG Construction estimated a 14 week timeline for completion of works.