Albert Park comes a long way
9 April, 2017, 12:00 am
For more than 130 years, Albert Park has been known as the social and ceremonial hub of Suva. It was named after Queen Victoria’s consort, Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, well known as Prince Albert.
On April 9, 2008, The Fiji Times published an article introducing plans the Fiji Sports Council had in mind for the development of Albert Park into a world-class stadium.
“Albert Park is so big that we can have a proper stadium and training grounds next to it,” said Rajesh Chaudhry, who was quoted in the article.
In 2015 during a speech at Albert Park, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced the development plan for Albert Park.
The Prime Minister also announced the amount contributed towards the make-over of Albert Park, which was $10 million to the total cost of the upgrade of $16.7m.
The upgraded Albert Park opened on September 5 last year for the public to utilise in both sports and other functions.
During the opening ceremony, the PM said the new pavilion would accommodate 1000 people with shelter during a sporting match.
“We have also upgraded the notoriously difficult surface of the park itself, fixed its drainage problems and covered it with the latest turf.
“It is now up to international standards,” Mr Bainimarama had said.
After the development, Albert Park is considered the green heart of Suva by its people and also tourists.
The new look park is one of the go-to places for sports enthusiasts and those wanting to get a bit of exercise on the various exercise machines at the park.
On any given day, families and friends often flock to Albert Park for relaxation or a game of sports.
There is never a dull moment at Albert Park.