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City starts construction of PhP110 M tennis court

IT BEGINS. Heavy contruction equipment have been rolled at the Baguio Tennis Court as construction of the PhP110 million sports facility has started last October 30. The project is supposed to be finished in 470 calendar days or about 15 months. Pigeon Lobien

The city has started construction of the PhP110 million Baguio Tennis Court which will include parking spaces within the three-storey building that will also have canteen and three courts of international standard at the roof.

St. Gerard Construction General Contractor and Development Corporation, the winning bidder in the PhP110,067,352.62 that comes from the city’s trust fund, has already started excavation last October 30 at the once four court formerly run by the Baguio Tennis Club

The construction will have a 470 calendar days to complete the project, the fourth at the Baguio athletic bowl in an effort to make it of international standard.

That means St. Gerard will have at least 15 months to complete the project contracted by the city to give athletes a tennis court of international standard from the sand-shell facility that was more suited for elderly tennis aficionados.

The city was supposed to award the project last September 13 but it was delayed for nearly 50 days as city officials ironed out all kinks so that there will not be any delays in the completion of the project.

The Baguio Tennis Club, whose members were supposed to be out of the four-court facility which has been their home for almost 40 years as early as August, were earlier told to transfer to the Camp John Hay tennis court but has been staying awaiting the start of construction.

It was also known that the club was able to secure permit from the city to use a part of the Aguinaldo Park at Happy Glen Loop in barangay Salud Mitra for its use and put up of a facility for their use.

The club, which vacated the athletic bowl facility also last October 30, will soon ink an agreement for the use of the said lot.

The tennis court is the fourth of a series of construction at the Baguio athletic bowl which is highlighted by the PhP382 million youth convergence and sports complex at the front of the swimming pool.

The city has also started use of the PhP41 million grandstand extension which serves as command center of the city sports development office.

Last May, the city held the groundbreaking ceremony of the PhP30 million, 120 persons capacity athletes quarter, its construction completion is expected by early 2023.

“This is a response for a clamor for us to have our very own athletes quarters, we want guest-athletes to have their own quarters every time we have a sporting event here,” said mayor Benjamin Magalong during the groundbreaking ceremony last May

“If we book them in hotels then it will be very expensive for us. We want national and international athletes here so that our very own will be inspired to aspire for more,” said the mayor.

“While we have excelling athletes from the combat side, we have to hone other athletes like those in athletics or cycling,” he added.

Dela Pena said the quarters that will rise at the back of the swimming pool will be a 30 room facility that can house 120 persons at one time. It has hot and cold shower and a cafeteria.

The project is expected to be completed within 10 months, if weather permits, but may take as long as 14 months.

Entrance to the quarters is a dirt road from the Gov. Pack Road just after the Baguio City High School campus.

The city also eyes the construction of a PhP10 million climbing wall, come extreme sports cum obstacle course race facility and the PhP1 million archery range.

The last of the project expected this year is the upgrade of the oval which is about PhP50 million and is meant to rectify the length of the track, which is four meters short, and widen it to follow international standards.

“This is for our athletes, they compete and win but they do not have the standard facility,” said dela Pena in Filipino in his welcome address.

Meanwhile, the renovation of the swimming pool has not been completed. The renovation was supposed to be completed by 2019 and before the Covid-19 pandemic started.

The contractor has also removed the supposed diving facility and the dag out portion of the smaller warm-up pool has been restored. Pigeon Lobien

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