Sports facility eyed at SRP

TEN basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a soccer field and a jogging track.

These are some of the facilities being envisioned for the proposed 10-hectare multi-sports facility at the South Road Properties (SRP).

The Cebu City Council yesterday adopted a resolution proposing to establish the sports facility.

Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr., proponent of the resolution, said the city needs such facility. “Anyway, we checked. Ten hectares is not even 10 percent of the SRP,” he said.

He said the facility would generate income for the City Government through entrance or users’ fees. He will discuss the project with Mayor Michael Rama when the latter returns from a vacation abroad.

Gabuya said he will also meet with SRP Manager Roberto Varquez to identify which portion of the 300-hectare SRP would be an appropriate site for the project.

Gabuya said representatives of a private organization and a group of civil engineers will accompany him next week in an inspection of the site.

The private parties will help in conceptualizing the multi-sports facility.

Gabuya said Cebu does not have a venue that can host international sports events like table tennis, lawn tennis, track and field, boxing, athletics, football, gymnastics, archery, dart, taekwondo, and dancesports.

He said Cebu City can also host a triathlon if the facility is completed.

Gabuya said his proposed sports facility will not be in conflict with the stadium that Rama has envisioned.

He said the sports facility will complement the stadium proposed by the mayor.

The stadium eyed by the mayor can accommodate 40,000 people.

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