Works begin on the Laventille Community Swimming Pool
A turning of the sod last Friday marked the beginning of works for a Community Swimming Pool (CSP) to be situated in Laventille. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) collaborated on the project.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs’ aim for the project is to redevelop the existing Laventille Sports Centre site with the addition of a new community swimming pool, according to a statement made by the Ministry. "It is expected that through this initiative, the community will benefit from recreational opportunities, as well as increased community participation and interaction among both children and adults."
The construction of the community pool is in response to the call from Laventille residents and environs for such a facility. With the installation of their very own community swimming pool, all residents of Laventille, Belmont, Morvant, and Port-of-Spain, will be able to use the facility for recreation, swim lessons, and even community swim competitions.
In his address at the sod turning ceremony, Sport Minister Darryl Smith noted that the swimming pool will be the first to be constructed in a community across Trinidad and Tobago within a ten-year period, the last one having been installed in Cocoyea in 2007. Minister Smith highlighted that the facility will not be geared toward swimming only but will also cater to aquatics which encompasses swimming, water polo, and synchronized swimming.
He highlighted that Laventille has unwavering talent that he hopes would develop and continue to expand to further augment the complement of national and international athletes that have arisen out of Laventille.
He also emphasized that for this project, the works are being done “by design, data, and information”. Works for phase one of the Laventille Community Swimming Pool are expected to be completed in six to eight months.