Sep 01, 2010 Sports
A significant milestone was reached between the National Parks Commission (NPC) and the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) when the two parties signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for Refurbishment Project of Lawn Tennis Courts.
Development plans for the tennis courts at the National Park took a major step forward as Chairman of the NPC Mr. John Caesar and President of the GLTA Mr. Christopher Ram signed a MoA for the rehabilitation and expansion of the facilities, at the National Park.
The signing, which took place in the Boardroom of Jenman Building in the Botanical Gardens NPC office on Thursday, August 19 was reached some five years after a draft of a proposal was exchanged between the parties.
Witnessing the signing of the Agreement were Yolanda Vasconcellos, General Manager of the NPC, Clement Trotz- Operations Manager, Ramesh Seebarran- FCCA and Secretary of GLTA and Sandeep Chand, Public Relations Officer of the GLTA.
The GLTA in its drive to provide more tennis facilities for the public has always seen the National Park Courts as the best suited for ensuring more persons have the opportunity to develop their game.
Easy accessibility and a secure environment were the two main areas cited.
Mr. Caesar is his comments said he was pleased with the partnership coming to fruition and expressed satisfaction that the partnership with the GLTA allows the NPC to provide more and better facilities to the public.
He encouraged that more organisations come onboard to work with the NPC and seize the opportunity to promote the NPC’s Landscaping services.
The GLTA President expressed delight that work on this Refurbishment project can now proceed and that priority would be given to resurfacing and painting of the courts.
In anticipation of this landmark agreement, the GLTA has held fruitful discussions with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Tennis Federation and one major financial institution to accumulate the funds that are needed to bring the courts up to the required standards.
The major areas identified in the Agreement are:
Area to be used by the general public for playing tennis
Public court that can be used by all persons desirous of playing tennis
GLTA and NPC would oversee the operations of the facilities.
GLTA and NPC will utilise best efforts to maintain and upkeep the courts and surroundings
NPC will monitor and assist with the maintenance of the grounds in the immediate area
GLTA will be responsible for arranging funding to assist in the pre-approved maintenance and development of the facilities including courts, fixtures & amenities at the tennis facilities.
A committee comprising representatives of the NPC and the GLTA would meet as necessary to ensure that the objectives of the Agreement are achieved.
Preliminary drawings have been done and it is expected that work will commence within the next two months.
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