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Originally a recreational venue levelled out of a rubbish dump known as Cow Town, the ground was a popular venue for carnival activities, horse racing and state parades. In 1999 the general upliftment of the area, including the construction of a national stadium was planned for the site, but eventually fell through despite the clearance of existing stands and adjoining buildings.
Five years later, after prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of China, the creation of Windsor Park was put into action.
Named after Windsor in England and situated on the eastern side of Roseau, work on the stadium first began in 2005 on the first anniversary of the Caribbean island and far-east nation's association.
Part of the 'Four Pillar Projects' pledged by the People's Republic of China to the people of the commonwealth of Dominica and essentially viewed as a gift - ie: tax write-off - the ground came at a 17 million dollar expense.
Three and a half years later the project was completed and ready for its official opening. Not quick enough to host its first ODI at the 2007 World Cup, but ample time ahead of a maiden one-dayer in mid-2009. cont./
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