Home Grown Windsor Park to the International Standard Sports Stadium

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Morne Bruce view of The Dominica Windsor Park Stadium.

The “Windsor Park” – Dominica’s most famous recreational ground named after Windsor-England, has played a significant role in our island life. Many who have gone before me will testify that this 5 ¼ acres of land has served Dominica and Dominicans well. Imagine a piece of land so small and insignificant to some, creating so much controversy in such a small country.

Located towards the eastern side of Roseau, or should we just say Roseau Central, it was a popular venue for sports of all kind. It looked small, but was able to accommodate sports of all kind.  The local schools’ athletic championships, netball, basketball, volleyball, this was the place to be for the inter schools’ sports competitions. There, we saw young netballers graduate onto senior teams like Jars, Celtics, Spartans to name a few; basketballers to teams like Blazers, Hoyas and Clouds, etc. It was the place to be on a Sunday to watch football when Harlem played Kensbro, or for cricket matches between Cavaliers and Somerset.

I remember the exciting entertainment of our local donkey races; this was a miss-it-and-blame-yourself-event, our “donkey derby”. It was there that we saw donkeys move into reverse gear instead of first or second or simply stall-refused to move. Those were the fun days at the Windsor Park.  Our Dominica Grammar School kids used there as a main foot path from school as it made their walk shorter when heading to and from school early in the morning or hot and hungry after a full day of learning.

Years later, we sadly saw our main playing field taken away as there were plans for a sports stadium; we waited and waited with anxiety and then “Yes! Finally, a stadium for Dominica”.  Ground was broken and we all got excited.  Then in frustration we waited as the ground finally healed itself.

Finally, in 2007 came the realisation of “Dominica’s dream”, our own 12,000 capacity international cricket stadium. Today we enjoy the ambiance which we only heard of around the region. The World Creole Music Festival has finally found a home as we can now accommodate the growing yearly patrons. Our population has always been cricket lovers, so no matter how disappointed we may get towards the West Indies Cricket team, we just curse them up, suck our teeth-“stupes”, suck it up, and as soon as the next match is on we are with them again. These matches can now be experienced first-hand and say “Yes! I was at that match”.

Now many more persons can experience seeing the West Indies in action.  With that said; however, I often wonder what happened to our other sporting activities?  Why haven’t a few other sporting events been given focus? The nature of the surface at the Windsor Park now makes it difficult to accommodate other sporting events such as football on a regular basis without costly maintenance work.  Then there is also the issue of the absence of a sporting arena for the residents of Roseau Central-nowhere to generate movement and to help combat the ever growing obese, junk eating population; nowhere to expend energy and build camaraderie; nowhere to run off or sweat off work related stress, nowhere for the elderly folk to just sit and watch and just enjoy all the movement and noise and silence.

It appears that the small and insignificant Windsor Park accommodated so much more.  Now with an ever growing potential for Sports Tourism, it seems that now is the time to develop another avenue to accommodate other activities for the many sports men and women and the public in general whose days began and ended with the Windsor Park.

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  2. Dominican Overseas July 22, 2010 at 11:09 am Reply

    Very interesting article I will admit, it feels like the writer has strong passion for the old Windsor Park and knows what he/she is talking about and I like that. As a Dominica, I too have been involved and attended events there, this has really been home grown as so many of our athletes like Bruce Phillip, Althea Casimir, Sharon Philogene, Joseph Isaac were nutured right there at the Windsor Park as they ran track and made a name for themselves, some of these individuas recieved sports scholarships while others moved on, all or most of whom worked hard under the leadership of Ossie Savarin, one we should not forget. Our Windsor Park though small at the time, it did play its part in our development.
    Keep it up IDA this article has really brought back fond memories!!

  3. Dominican Londonier December 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm Reply

    This is a well written piece, the memories took me back home for a while. I remember attending sport activities there also, I would really like to be here for one of these international cricket matches which are being highlighted for Dominica.

  4. I live in Antigua. I spent months working in Nassau, Bahamas. They both have new stadiums, but nothing to class with Windsor Park, Roseau, Comm of Dominica. I grew up in Roseau in the 60s – 70s, so I know that park. I was amazed when I visited the park and saw the transformation. It is a proud acheivement for our country and our stadium , like our rivers and valleys outdo any other country

    • Hi Mr. Doway, many thanks for visiting our site and sharing on the blogs you have read. The Windsor Park Sports Stadium is a beautiful attraction to the city and we are proud to have used it to host many events. Thanks again.

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  7. The windsor Park holds many memories for me personally,as a child growing up in Portersville,I went there many times to watch Football/Soccer with my dad, what a spectacle, what atmosphere,hundreds if not thousands of People shouting,having fun ,cheering on the favorite team.be it Kensborogh, Domfruit Rovers or Harlem, sometime just sitting there watching the guys practice was in itself and event,I remember as a young man taking the short cut to grammar school through there,Playing cricket there myself. Today it is arguably on of the nicest Cricket Grounds in the Caribbean,Home also to the Creole Festival.It is just sad that with this change the sports tendancies which was so prevalent in Dominica has also changed,we once were the best cricketers and footballers in the Windward Islands, where has that gone, I hope though that the government will be proactive and invest in sports and another Windor Park somewhere around Roseau and in the countryside, In this Sports Tourism age we need to lift the boys and girls up from the drug and alcohol syndrom prevalent in D.A at the moment,thereby giving Dominica another Economic lifeline.


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