By S. Williams
Phase 1 of the construction of the Nevis Athletic Track which began last Dec. 15 will soon be completed. The 400m track which will feature 9 lanes on international standard Mondo surface, is said to be on time and on budget according to Project Manager Timothy Claines.
“We expect to complete the track and lighting by March 31. That’s the timeline we’re working with. Of course depending on what we meet going forward in terms of weather and any variances, of course the project completion date could change. But March 31 is what we’re working with,” he said.
Last week the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration along with some senior civil servants visited the construction site at Long Point. Deputy Premier the Hon. Mark Brantley expressed pride in the project and optimism that the track will be hugely beneficial to the people of Nevis.
“We are very very proud of this particular project. It’s the single largest investment in our youth and sports that we have ever seen in our little island. And so for us this is a very important project. I’m happy to hear that the targets we have set – we understand that they are optimistic – we’re hopeful that we can achieve those targets.”
While the track will primarily be a sporting facility, Minister Brantley noted that it does have some tourism potential, whereby teams can train there and competitions hosted at the venue.
If the project continues according to plan, it should be the stage for the mini-olympics inter-primary championships which is scheduled to take place in April. Though the construction of the stadium is slated for Phase 2, temporary seating will be looked into should the event be held there.
So far the sub-base has been compacted, the area levelled and the concrete curbing installed. By the end of Phase 1 on the March 31, the main track, warm up track and lighting is expected to be completed.
Based on the designs, once completed the facility is expected to feature a FIFA certified football pitch and an IAAF certified Mondo all weather athletics track. Civil works are being done by LEFCO Construction Company and Surrey Paving.