Hinds: $4.5m swimming pool gift for Laventille

Sogren Trace in Laventille will have a $4.5 m community swimming pool by the end of the year. Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds says the development of the new Laventille Community Swimming Pool was a “gift to the people of Laventille”.

Hinds was speaking yesterday at the sod-turning for Laventille Community Swimming Pool facility which was hosted by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with Udecott at Sogren Trace.

Hinds spoke at the event on behalf of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley who could not attend due to urgent matters.

“We are pleased to demonstrate our love, concern and governmental focus. It is well-deserved gift to the people of Laventile and long-awaited.”

“The swimming facility will provide an opportunity for elders among us to come bathe, enjoy themselves, remain fit, and be healthy and alive,” he said.

Hinds said Laventille was not a “perfect” place with crime and violence. Sogren Trace has been the scene of several murders in the past. The MP said people of the community were afraid “because of ignorant boys with guns and we are trying to address it.”

Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith said he spoke with the Ambassadors of Chile and Cuba who were interested in teaching aquatics in the country.

Port-of-Spain mayor Joel Martinez said it was a “significant project” that would be used as a tool for the use of the burgesses and the community. “I believe sporting-based activities are agents of change,” he said.

Housing Minister Randall Mitchell said the pool will be completed in eight months and would help develop community relations.

Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Camille Clarke)

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