In mid-2015, Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Hon. Shawn Edward promised to begin work on lighting a number of playing fields, including Fond Assau, Dennery and La Fargue. With work already underway at Fond Assau, it was the turn of Dennery this week.
The sod was turned by the Minister and by Member of Parliament for Dennery South, Hon. Edmund Estephane, to mark the approval and subsequent commencement of works at the sporting facility. The Ministry has approved expenditure of approximately $1 million, which will go towards the construction of a players’ changing room, the resurfacing of the field, and the installation of lights. Work gets underway in February and is expected to be completed by July.
The Minister profited the opportunity to confirm the Cabinet of Ministers’ decision to rename the field after the one of the constituency’s former parliamentary representatives, the late Remy Lesmond. First elected to the House of Assembly in 1979, Lesmond was a Government minister, and passed away in 1997 on the eve of General Elections. He is widely considered to have contributed immensely to the development of young persons and the community.
The present MP, himself a former national sprinter, urged residents to utilise the facility not only for competition but for health and recreational benefits.