SPTC to repair faulty gate at Sporting Arena
Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Island residents have been raising concerns about the front gate at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena (Saca Chispas). In the most recent incident, a child who was trying to slide the gate shut was badly hurt when the gate actually fell on top of him. This is just one of many incidents that have been reported, as the field is frequented by island youth who play football and other sports. Due to the incidents, parents have become highly concerned over the safety of their children.
The most recent victim’s mother, Amy Knox, indicated that upon taking her child for emergency care, she was informed that her son was one of three that had been treated for similar injuries. “”We need to bring this situation to public awareness. My son is getting better now…he does not have any broken bones/nose or a concussion like we thought,” said Knox. She also mentioned that her son sustained several scrapes/bruises and even complained about pain when walking. “The emergency personnel at the PolyClinic were very thorough. They took X-rays and did many tests to make sure of his well-being, and that he was really okay, outside of being banged up and the huge ‘goose-egg’ on his head.”
Authorities in charge of the arena, namely the San Pedro Town Council, have taken action to prevent further injuries. Councilor Hector “Tito” Alamilla Jr. told to The San Pedro Sun that the gate has been removed and is going through repairs. “We became aware about the issues with the gate and people getting hurt. The gate has been removed and is currently getting fixed. We will have it reinstalled by the end of the month for the Dia De San Pedro celebrations,” said Alamilla Jr. He also mentioned that at the moment, the field is not available for any sport activities since mechanical rides are stationed on the grounds in preparations for the upcoming festivities.
While the front gate is gone for now, all the other gates remained locked. The San Pedro Town Council apologizes for any inconveniences, but will like to assure the general public that they are on top of the situation. When the gate is installed back it should be in good condition and safe for everyone.
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