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P50 M eyed for Baguio tennis courts

UPGRADE. The big grandstand of the Baguio athletic bowl will get a 50 meter extension that will house offices, shower, locker rooms and gym for athletes, as well as four light towers to allow trainings at night at the bowl. The project costs about P50 million. Another P50 million is needed for the upgrade of the Baguio tennis courts at the end of the grandstand extension. Pigeon Lobien photo

Another P50 million is eyed for the improvement for another portion of the Baguio athletic bowl to make it into international standards and for the city to be able to host national and probably even international competitions.

The city is now looking at improving the Baguio Tennis Club where a P50 million in funding is being eyed to convert it from a shell clay type surface into a hard surface.

That will mean three hard courts, a much faster surface to meet national standards, said Paul Rillorta of the City Sports Development Office.

The BTC has four courts now which do not meet national standards in terms of dimension, but the design made by the Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio Engineering District show three hard surfaced courts, and a fourth one that might be carved out from the present structure that serve as gallery and dining area for the tennis club eatery.

The new design will actually be a shift from the present set up where bleachers will be set at three sides of the court. The office, shower and locker rooms will be placed beside the former Philippine Army Reserve office which is now being made into the end portion of the big grandstand extension.

Half of that portion will host the shell-clay surface court that older players can play in and have asked the city that it be included in the design during a meeting last week, said Rillorta.

“The hard surface will be of international standard and the covered gallery or bleachers will be placed at the three corners so spectators can watch games,” he said.

The city has no budget yet for the proposed design, but mayor Benjamin Magalong said that a company is interested to shell out the money which asked that an underground basement of the sports facility be placed to house trams that will ply the Burnham Park area.

The installation of a trams system is a proposed inclusion in the park.

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