By Curtis Morton
Minister responsible for Sports in the Nevis Island Administration, Hon. Eric Evelyn, on Tuesday 20th February, paid an official visit to the Gingerland Recreation Grounds or the GRG, or BALL PASTURE, as the recreation grounds is commonly referred to.
Minister Evelyn, during a brief update, noted that the facility was indeed already in a state of disrepair and this was further compounded by the passage of the two devastating hurricanes in 2017.
A section of the roof was damaged during the passage of the storms.
He indicated that he held dialogue with his Permanent Secretary, Mr. Keith Glasgow and plans were put in place to have renovations done at the facility, by the ministry’s work team, led by Mr. Morris FISH Burke.
The minister expressed his delight at the work that has been completed so far and indicated that FISH used his initiative and did more work than he had instructed or hoped for.
He stated that he was very pleased with the work done and gave the assurance that the facility will be in good condition, come Thursday 22nd February, when the Gingerland Secondary School will host its annual Sports meet there.
Morris Burke, for his part, noted that his men worked well, along with a few specific contractors, to complete the required work.
These included: repairing the roof; repairing the fencing; painting the seating in the pavilion (first time it has been done); improving the railings and erecting an overhang for the bar area.
Permanent Secretary Mr. Keith Glasgow, who chaired the proceedings, also had high praise for Mr. Burke and his crew and congratulated them on the work completed.