Athletes like 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Sandy Menchie Abahan and those in extreme sports will now have a place to train in the city.
This after the Sports and Recreation Division of the City Administrator’s Office has proposed and included in its identified infra/development projects amounting to PhP10 million for the put up of three major facilities for adventure, recreational and extreme sports.
The said area at the Pine Tree of the World within the seven-hectare Baguio athletic bowl sports complex will have a wall climbing facility, a skatepark and an obstacle course relay track.
The wall climbing facility has been identified as early as 2019 where the SRD has been in contact with the Baguio Wall Climbing Association who will help in the design and later running of the facility. Said group has already submitted their plan for evaluation with the city.
The put up of the skate-park for skateboarding, which has become a fad with the 2019 win of Margielyn Didal in the SEAG and eventual participation to the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, as early as 2020.
OCR is also a popular sports with the country as one of the top in the SEA region and one of the city’s pride, Abahan, was a winner in the 2019 SEAG.
Councilor and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation chair Levy Lloyd Orcales welcomed the development saying that all “are recognized sports in the sports code.”
“All of the facilities will be constructed behind the city swimming pool facility. We expect to have the projects bidded our as soon as possible based from the timeline projections of CBAO,” added Orcales.
Orcales was with the City Buildings and Architecture Office, the Public Information Office, the Sports and Recreation Division – City Administrator’s Office and the Baguio Wall Climbing Association who visited the proposed site at the Baguio Athletic Bowl for the construction of the Climbing Wall Training Facility last week. The budget allocated will also cover the construction of a skateboarding area and an Obstacle Course Race Track.