Ciudad Deportiva Millito Navarro
|Full name||Ciudad Deportiva Millito Navarro|
|Owner||Government of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|Operator||Ponce, Puerto Rico, Municipal Government|
|Field size||1,000,000 square feet; 25 cuerdas|
|Built||Construction started 10 May 2012.|
|Construction cost||$32.3 Million USD|
|Project manager||Gutberto Vega (Resident Engineer)|
|General contractor||GVG Builders|
|Main contractors||Lorraine Construction|
The Ciudad Deportiva Millito Navarro (Millito Navarro Sports City) is a multi-sport complex currently under construction in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The complex is to consist of a soccer stadium, a baseball field, three tennis courts, a track for track and field, a covered basketball court, and a covered gymnasium. It is also planned to have schooling, physical training, and medical facilities on the premises. Its projected cost is 32.3 million USD. The complex is named after Ponce's Millito Navarro, the first Puerto Rican to play baseball in the Negro Leagues and who, living until age 105, was also the oldest living professional baseball player to have played in the Negro Leagues.
Description and location
Ciudad Deportiva is being built in an area of over 1 million square feet of land, between Urbanizacion Los Caobos and Caminos del Sur. It is to consist of a soccer stadium, a baseball field, three tennis courts, a track for track and field sports, a covered gymnasium, and covered handball courts. In addition it is planned to have a sports academy, the first one of its kind in Puerto Rico. Other facilities are to include a central plaza, a medical sports clinic, and facilities for martial arts. Ciudad Deportiva will be located in Ponce's Barrio Bucana, next to Polideportivo Frankie Colón at Urbanizacion Los Caobos.
The idea for Ciudad Deportiva was one of five ideas that Mayor Maria Melendez Altieri had for permanent structures for Ponce during her administration. She called the five ideas the "emblematic" projects of her administration and dubbed the overall plan "Ponce Avanza" (Ponce Moves Forward). The original plan judged the initial cost of the Ciudad Deportiva at $4.5 millions initially. In 2010, the mayor's plan for Ciudad Deportiva was presented before the Puerto Rico Senate. In early 2012 the first payment of $1,050,000 was made to CGC Builders to start construction work.
The purpose of the complex is to "provide ... sports facilities in the city of Ponce for the celebration of sporting events lasting more than one day".
In February 2012, the sports campus has an initial projected total cost of $20 million USD. The municipality has secured 6.3 million USD to start construction. In January 2012, the municipality of Ponce adjudicated $1.05 million USD to GCG Builders to level the ground to commence the first phase of construction. This was revised in May 2012 to $32.3 million USD.
The Sports City will be developed in phases. Phase I will include construction of the three tennis courts and an area for extreme sports, including skateboarding. Phase II will encompass the baseball field, the track and field area, soccer field, and the central plaza. A future phase yet would include the soccer stadium. The skateboarding facility opened on 23 March 2013. By October 2013, building of the soccer field (Spanish: cancha de fútbol) had already started.
- Inician los trabajos de la Ciudad Deportiva en Ponce. (English: "Work on Ponce's Ciudad Deportiva is Started."). El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- Ponce encamina su Ciudad Deportiva. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 9 May 2012. Year 30. Issue 1484. Page 10. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- Municipio Autonomo de Ponce: Administrando Gobiernos en Tiempos Economicos Dificiles, Haciendo Mas con Menos: Una Historia de Exito. (English: "Autonomous Municipality of Ponce: Managing Governments in Difficult Financial Times, Accomplishing More with Less".) Hon. Maria "Mayita" Melendez Altieri. "Ponce: Ciudad Senorial". Segundo Congreso de Legisladores Municipales. Senado de Puerto Rico. San Juan Puerto Rico. 2011. Page 11. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- Ponce tendrá estadio de fútbol. (English: "Ponce will have a soccer stadium.") Michelle Estrada Torres. Primera Hora. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- En marcha ciudad deportiva Millito Navarro. (English: "Ciudad Deportiva Millito Navarro moving forward.") Noticel. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- Emilio "Millito" Navarro. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Kansas State University. College of Education. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- Emilio Navarro, 105, Negro Leagues star. Danica Coto, Associated Press. Boston.com (A New York Times Company). 2 May 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- Municipio de Ponce con déficit menor. (English: "Municipality of Ponce has a lower deficit.") Michelle Estrada Torres. 31 May 2011. Primera Hora. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- Invaden jóvenes al Skate Plaza de Ponce. Junior Lugo Marrero. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 31. Issue 1530. Page 49. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- Reclama logros a pesar de la crisis fiscal. Reinaldo Millán . La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 31. Issue 1559. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.