Nov 09, 2015 Sports
The once famous Burnham Park sports ground in New Amsterdam, East Berbice is getting a much needed facelift after suffering years of neglect.
After being dormant and neglected for a number of years the facility which was once one of the premiere sporting venues in Guyana had some rehabilitation work done.
An ill-advised bleacher with no shed costing a whopping $7M was constructed by the previous administration. The bleacher measuring 63ft x26 ft with eight platforms was not properly constructed and according to reports has begun to sink.
The toilet facility with a reservoir which was also built is hardly accessible since the area where it is sited in very low and floods easily. Excavation of the drains, some land filling and fencing were also done.
However much more work needs to be done at the venue to bring it back to some semblance of what it once was.
Reports are that big plans are in the making to rehabilitate the once famous venue which was once pitted among the best for sports in Guyana.
The efforts will be spearheaded by the Government of Guyana, the Regional Administration and the Mayor and Town Council. At the moment the authorities are making use of the current dry spell and massive clearing and de-bushing is underway at the venue.
Burnham Park, which was named after the late founder leader of Guyana Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, sits on approximately 10 acres of land on the outskirt of the New Amsterdam/ Fort Canje area.
The famous ground which is one of the few that holds a 400M track comfortably was where a number of famous Berbice and Guyana national players honed their skills including the Alphonsos, the Humphreys, the Fords, the Samuels, the Inness and many more. Athletics, cycling, motorcycle, car and a number of other sporting and cultural activities were also held at the venue. Famous groups like Third World also visited the venue to exhibit their talent.
The previous government had promise to install lights at the venue, but this did not materialised. (Samuel Whyte)
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