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Recreational Centre opens in Olympic Gardens

A J$16 million recreational centre has been handed over to the community of Olympic Gardens in West Central St. Andrew.

The centre, which has been coined the ‘Andrews Mews Health and Recreational Centre’ was officially opened on Friday, February 4 by Member of Parliament and Prime Minister, Most Honourable Andrew Holness.

“This investment belongs to the community, and it means that your responsibility in maintaining this project is going to be very crucial,” the Prime Minister M said during the opening ceremony.

The recreational centre, which was funded through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, features a walking/jogging trail for physical activity; bathroom facilities and a green space where residents can relax and socialise.

The project forms part of an ongoing plans to enhance and further develop the community. The intention is to create an urban space, almost like a town centre, which is functional for the residents.

Prime Minister Holness had also disclosed during the February 2021 groundbreaking ceremony that the transformation of his constituency includes the construction of another infant school as well a golden age home, which will be done through his Positive Jamaica Foundation. He said that two other parks will be built- one more in the Olympic Gardens Division and the other in the Seivwright Gardens Division.

“We are trying to identify the lands for them, and we have some housing developments that are slated for this area as well.”

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie stated that the construction of the park will foster community unity and urged the residents to safeguard the facility.

The handing over ceremony was also attended by Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor, Delroy Williams; Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), Robert Hill; and Councillor Caretaker for the Molynes Gardens Division, Glendon Salmon.