Faber’s Road Basketball Court Redone for Community
The Fabers’ Road Extension basketball court had been in a state of disrepair for some time. Area representative for the Collet Division where it is located, Patrick Faber, and Officer Commanding Eastern Division (South), ACP Chester Williams, teamed up to change that and the results were unveiled to the community this afternoon. The revamped court, costing a tidy seven thousand dollars, is expected to become a focal point of community and sporting initiatives for the area. Williams also told us that this is another example of the Police being proactive in providing arenas for natural competitive and potentially worrying rivalry to be played out rather than escalating to unnecessary violence.
Patrick Faber, Area Rep., Collet
“I want to point out that the initiative came asa result of the Police, particularly ACP Chester Williams, approaching; of course it had been something that we had always wanted to do. But as I said, this basketball court is on the property belonging to Grace Primary; we want to be very gracious to Grace Primary, as you know they are about to open their new building that is right next door to the basketball court, and so it is part of a wider plan to provide certain things for this community – education, sporting opportunities – but we want the community involved and what we saw today was an example of that kind of community coming together for its own good and I am proud to be a part of it.”
“Can you speak to the specifics in terms of cost, maintenance and so on?”
“I think the renovation cost about seven thousand dollars; and like I said, it was a joint venture by the Government through the Sports Council and the Belize Police Force getting its support from the business community.”
ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South
“The residents in the area complained to us, the young people that they would like their court upgraded; I approached the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and he promised that he will assist us in upgrading the court. We then got in contact with Charlie Slusher who is the acting director of the National Sports Council. And the Sports Council contributed the majority of the materials – the rest we got from donations of different businesses [in the] community; and the construction – the contractor from Magana’s Construction did the labour in terms of mixing and spreading the cement on the court and the Police officers did the painting. So it’s a combination of different persons working together to ensure that we are able to make this happen. And it’s a part of us trying to provide other outlets to young people. We know that the issue o crime has a lot to do with people having nothing to do, nowhere to go and recreate; and we believe that this is one way that we can assist young people in making themselves more productive in a meaningful way especially after school. As you can see the children are already out, they are playing basketball on the court; and this is healthy; this is good for them. On the court, they can meet and they can dialogue and they can see how they can resolve their different issues, minor little feuds before they can escalate. So it is us being proactive in our fight against crime.”