The City Sports Complex was recently closed to the public as a private contractor began a P79 million upgrading plan for the city’s main sporting facility.
On Saturday, December 2, the city government held a groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading which will be undertaken by Cebu 7H Technochem Industries Inc.
The planned improvement will include the installation of blue synthetic track oval surface and suspended interlocking flooring for basketball and volleyball courts, the placing of outdoor fitness equipment, rubber flooring and arch entrance.
The rubberized track oval and the outdoor basketball flooring up for installation have passed the standards of the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Basketball Federation, respectively.
Asst. City Engineer Aries Grande echoed Mayor Lucilo Bayron’s statement during the groundbreaking, saying the facility will further promote physical fitness among the public while serving as training ground for city athletes.
“It will encourage the public to exercise and get fit,” he told Palawan News Tuesday, December 5.
Grande said the track oval surface flakes and might cause runners to stumble. “As you can see during late afternoons, many of our residents are using the facility, especially the track, even if it really needs improvement,” he said.
The City Sports Complex would be closed until the project’s target completion set on August 29, 2018. However, the engineer said its oval track could be opened much earlier to the public once its improvement is finished.
Grande said it was in 2008 that the said facility last underwent improvement.