Thursday 5 December, 2019

Skinner Park upgrades to cost $120M

File photo: Aaron "Voice" St Louis performs at Skinner Park, San Fernando.

File photo: Aaron "Voice" St Louis performs at Skinner Park, San Fernando.

Refurbishment work at San Fernando's Skinner Park is estimated to cost $120 million. 

The 100-year-old facility has a long legacy of hosting sporting, cultural and recreational activities in San Fernando. The park is scheduled to be closed on May 18 to commence the refurbishment works.

Speaking in the Parliament on Monday, Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis said the redevelopment project will ensure that the southern communities and the wider national community have a premier multi-purpose complex which can be used to host numerous events.

The project is being executed in two phases.

Phase one of the project will see the construction and outfitting of a new 3000 seat, three-storey pavilion inclusive of a new Mayor’s box, corporate boxes, a conference centre and gym.

Dismantling and reassembly of the 3000-seat uncovered stand to the eastern end of the park is also expected to be undertaken.

The cycle track and playing field are also set to be refurbished, while notable improvements to the lighting of the facility are expected through the installation of LED lighting towers.

General refurbishment and upgrade of the facility and surrounding site will also be completed as part of the first phase of the project. 

 A digital scoreboard will be installed.

Expressions of Interest for phase one of the project were invited by public advertisement in September 2018.

Requests for Proposals were then invited from qualified applicants in January 2019.

Robinson-Regis said proposals are currently being evaluated but no decision has been taken with respect to the successful bidder.

The Skinner Park Redevelopment Project is a project under the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Infrastructure development fund programme for the fiscal year 2018 to 2019. The estimated cost of the project is $120 million.

Additional plans for the new facility also include a food strip which will have the same offerings visitors to Ariapita Avenue and Valsayn enjoy. 

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