Arroyo de la Miel athletics track and football pitch to reopen in the new year

Work on the pitch is complete.
Work on the pitch is complete. / I.Gelibter
  • The refurbishment has cost a total of 1.2 million euros and has seen the turf replaced by an artificial surface and the Tartan restored

The athletics track and the football pitch at the Arroyo de la Miel municipal sports centre will reopen to the public at the start of 2019. This is according to Benalmádena mayor Víctor Navas who on Monday visited the site alongside Sports councillor, Joaquín Villazón.

Navas said that the works were at an advanced stage, with the "state-of-the-art" artificial turf already installed and the improvements to the athletics track surface nearing completion.

The football pitch's grass is being replaced by synthetic turf in order to allow for the town's teams to train on it for longer and also to cut down on maintenance and water costs.

The athletics track, installed in 1984, has reached the end of its lifespan and requires a complete overhaul. The new track will have 12mm rubber base with a 4mm polyurethane top layer, double the thickness of the existing one.

The layout of the athletics area will also be altered, moving the jumping areas to a different part of the complex to allow for a warm-up area.

These improvements are costing 1.2 million euros, of which one million will be paid by Benalmádena town hall and the remain 200,000 by the Junta de Andalucía regional government. The works have an estimated completion time of four months so it is expected that they will be ready to use early in the new year. However, according to Villazón, the intention is to "improve other tracks that also need work".

The Sports councillor said that "excellent work" was being done and that despite spending limitations being imposed, "the council has been able to develop a spending plan which has allowed us to renovate our sporting installations for the first time in three decades".

Works have already been carried out at the Ramón Rico and Retamar sports facilities, the councillor pointed out. "We will continue working to ensure that Benalmádena continues to be a benchmark for sport in the province."