New St. Therese Park Sports Center Now Open

Reconstruction of Haiti continues at a steady pace. One of the most recent completed projects is the remodeling of St. Therese Park of Petion-Ville. At the re-opening ceremony, President Martelly and First Lady Sophia attended the re-launching of the sports center.

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New St. Therese Sports Center in Petion-Ville

Youth, Sports, and Civic Action Minister, Magalie Racine, spoke about the government of Haiti's commitment to establish sports arenas in all ten departments on the island. The new St. Therese Park Sports Arena holds 2,700 seats and includes a retail store, player and referee spaces, a meeting room, and snack bar.

Martelly spoke on his government's dedication to press on with reconstruction projects, targeted to improve school facilities. He said the population must be patient, while waiting for development projects to be implemented in their neighborhoods.

On a tangential issue regarding public spaces in Petion-Ville, Jolicoeur Brutus, provisional mayor, has published a notice forbidding elementary and secondary school students from hanging out in public parks between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when classes are in session. The parks off-limits to students are Places Saint-Pierre and Boyer. The rule is being implemented to forbid and fight the high level of truancy students have been indulging in, instead of attending classes.

For students who attend private schools and wear uniforms, it is a blemish on the school's image, when the public sees students from these institutions acting deviantly. Brutus requests the cooperation of school administrators in carrying out the policy.

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