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Albert Park facelift begins

July 30, 2015 1:16 am

The $16.7 million redevelopment of Albert Park in Suva is now underway.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the ground breaking ceremony this morning reminiscing on the long and proud history of the site.

Bainimarama pointed out that the ground has been neglected for many years.

‘’Frankly, it is about time. Because as much as we all love it, Albert Park is well overdue for a make-over. Over the years, the Suva City Council has struggled to cope with drainage problems and occasional flooding. It’s something that no-one who ever has been to the Hibiscus Festival after heavy rain, will ever forget. It regularly damaged the surface of the park and affected our ability to use it’’.

The government is providing $10 million of the entire cost.

The redevelopment includes four rugby or soccer grounds, two cricket fields with artificial pitches and modern lighting.

There will also be a new grandstand with a seating capacity for 1,000 people, corporate lounges, VIP rooms, seats for the disabled, a control room and parking for 28 vehicles.