Multi-purpose recreational facilities to be built in Herstelling, Covent Garden
Minister Susan Rodrigues engages residents
Minister Susan Rodrigues engages residents

RESIDENTS of Herstelling and Covent Garden on the East Bank of Demerara will each see the construction of multi-purpose recreational facilities.

The plans for these were unveiled on Saturday by staff of the Ministry of Housing and Water, who were joined by Minister within the ministry, Susan Rodrigues.

According to the ministry, under the Inter-Development Bank (IDB) funded Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Program, Herstelling Plot C will benefit from a $94 million facility, while Covent Garden will similarly benefit from a $101 million facility.

Saturday’s consultations were geared at discussing with residents the draft design for the recreational facilities to be constructed in both communities. The sessions were facilitated by the Deputy Director of the Community Development Department, Donel Bess-Bascom, Community Development Officer II, Carneshia Periera, and Health Safety and Environmental Manager, Mr. Sunil Gopaul, Health Safety and Social Safeguard Technical Officer, Mr. Albert Narine, and other technical project staff.

Minister Rodrigues, in her remarks brought residents up-to-date on development in the housing and infrastructure sectors, noting that they can expect more.

Speaking directly to the IDB-funded project, the Minister told residents that she is pleased with the road works and sidewalks that have been completed.

She added that as the works continue in the respective communities, residents are expected to play their role in monitoring the projects in their respective communities.

Upon completion of these facilities, Minister Rodrigues told residents the benefits would be numerous as she urged them to care for the facilities.

The new facilities will feature a play area, washrooms and changing rooms, a pavilion, a basketball court, an open auditorium, a footpath, a perimeter fence, and LED floodlight in and around their immediate environs.
Furthermore, a similar session was conducted at Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. A facility costing $182 million is set to be constructed in Onderneeming.


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