The Almeria Provincial Council has expanded the sports infrastructure of the Almanzora with new investments in the municipalities of Olula del Río and Lúcar. The vice-president, Ángel Escobar, has announced that the Governing Board has already awarded the refurbishment of the Olula del Río Sports Complex, has put out to tender the construction of two paddle tennis courts in Lúcar and Cela, and continues with the processing of the projects for the installation of the roofs on the courts of two public schools in Albox.
Escobar has underlined the importance of the investments of the 2020-23 Provincial Plans to equalise opportunities in the province with the improvement and construction of sports facilities in 16 municipalities in all the counties. “The Provincial Council is allocating more than 6 million euros within these plans to ensure that all municipalities have the same infrastructure and services as in a large city,” he explained.
In this sense, the Olula del Río project is very ambitious and will improve the Municipal Sports Complex ‘José Juan Rodríguez’ with actions in three of its facilities: Functional adaptation of the swimming pool, new children’s pool and remodelling of the municipal sports centre. This action has a budget of 200,000 euros, which will be co-financed by the City Council and the Provincial Council.
In the swimming pool, accessibility will be improved and the entire lining of the pool, beach area and showers will be replaced. In addition, the project includes the construction of a new splash pool, as the current one does not comply with current regulations. Inside the Sports Pavilion, the accessibility of the building will be improved and new cladding will be planned for the grandstand area of the pavilion inside the Sports Complex.
Escobar emphasised that these works, which are of a regional nature, are in addition to the paddle tennis courts that are going to be built in Lúcar and in the Cela neighbourhood with a total investment of almost 300,000 euros. The new paddle tennis courts have tempered glass walls and access gates and artificial turf flooring.
In this sense, the vice-president of the Provincial Council has assured that “institutional collaboration is key to the maintenance, improvement and construction of new public spaces for the sporting recreation of the whole society and the promotion of grassroots and school sport. In this way we ensure that the smaller municipalities with fewer resources have quality facilities in which they can offer sports, leisure and physical activity activities that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of all Almeria residents”.
Until 2023, the Provincial Plans include sports infrastructure projects in a total of 16 municipalities in all the regions, with investments of more than 6 million euros, in addition to other actions and plans that will allow the Provincial Council to continue to equalise opportunities in this area for all Almeria residents.