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Senate Panel OKs $375,000 for Beach Access Construction

The Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would, if signed into law, allocate $375,000 toward the construction of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps or walkways on at least two beaches in each island district.

Sports Commission Gains Traction, Developing Sports Policy Handbook

The V.I. Sports Commission, which is primarily mandated to market the territory as a destination for amateur and professional sporting events, is beginning to develop a handbook that will contain official information on sports officers and administration.

V.I. Sports Commission May Gain Committee Members

The Senate Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation unanimously advanced legislation on Monday that, if enacted, would add two more members to the Virgin Islands Sports Commission – something not all testifiers were in favor of.

Both Districts Report Progress Toward Building Sports Complexes

Both the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and the V.I. Housing Finance Authority told senators on Monday about the progress on building multipurpose sports complexes that would double as storm shelters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Horses race in 2011 at St. Croix's Randall 'Doc' James Racetrack. (File photo)

Parks and Recreation Committee Backs Bush-Track Bill

A Senate panel on Monday approved what lawmakers referred to as the “bush-track bill” which, if enacted into law, would set aside land for a makeshift horse racetrack.

Parks and Rec Juggles Activities, Maintenance and Beaches

While it is not uncommon to complain that there's nothing for kids to do in the territory, Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White told a group of V.I. lawmakers that's simply not true, and brought a list of programs his department sponsors as proof.
Department of Sports, Parks, and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White testifies during Thursday’s Finance Committee meeting. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Courts, Parks and Public Spaces Will Soon Receive a Facelift

Work on the U.S. Virgin Islands' parks and public spaces is in disarray, but Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White told the Senate Finance Committee the department has obtained significant funding and is prepared to proceed – carefully.
The steps leading down into the Savan Playground and Park are overgrown and in disrepair. (Source photo Bethaney Lee)

Savan Playground and Park Remains in Shambles After Promised Renovation

Members of St. Thomas' Savan neighborhood are concerned about the condition of the Savan Playground and Park and frustrated over delays in its long-promised renovation.
Fort Christiansvaern stands guard over Christiansted Harbor. (Source photo by Bill Kossler)

Plaskett Reintroducing STX National Heritage Area Bill *Update- Bill Now Reintroduced*

In 2002, then-Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen proposed to Congress that St. Croix be designated a National Heritage Area, a site designated by the United States to encourage historic preservation. Delegate Stacey Plaskett is now carrying on that fight by reintroducing the bill this week.

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Shut Teen Marriage Loophole

Members of the Senate's Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation moved Tuesday to close a loophole in the territory's laws that allows minors to get married as young as 14 years of age.

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