President Piñera presents the National Stadium Sports Park project: “We want to recover the city as a place of recreation, entertainment, culture and sport”
With an investment of 22.6 billion pesos, it will be the second largest urban park in Santiago. The initiative seeks to promote a sporting culture and improve people’s quality of life.
President Sebastián Piñera presented the National Stadium Sports Park project on Saturday. It is being built in the context of the infrastructure investment for the 2023 Pan American and Parapan American Games in Santiago and will leave a permanent legacy for the city and all its inhabitants.
“We want to transform this National Stadium Sports Park into the best public sports facility in Latin America, a park where high-performance athletes will be able to showcase their talents and where all citizens will also be able to enjoy sports, exercise, nature and the outdoor life,” said the President during the event.
The National Stadium Sports Park, the first of its kind in Chile, will transform the site's 64 hectares into the second largest urban park in Santiago and one of the best South American sports and recreation parks, with international standards of quality.
The sports park will be a space open to the community, providing a venue to practice and hold sporting, recreational, cultural and social events, all with the purpose of promoting a sporting culture and improving people’s quality of life. The goal is to combine recreational and high-performance sports all in the same location.
"We want to recover the city as a place of recreation, education, entertainment, culture and sport for all Chileans," added the President, who was accompanied by Sports Minister, Pauline Kantor, along with local residents.
The park will include green fields and landscaping in which recreational sports such as football, baseball and multipurpose courts will be installed, along with children's games and exercise equipment for the family.
The initiative includes 29 hectares of public spaces, 10 hectares of green areas, 5.5 km of bike lanes and 1,900 outdoor parking spaces.
The new installations to be built include a grass-covered hockey field, a paralympic training center and a martial arts venue (taekwondo, karate and judo).
A public-private investment model will be used to build and operate a roofed tennis court, a stadium, convention centers and underground parking.
The total investment in the project amounts to approximately 22.6 billion pesos. Work will commence next year and should be concluded by the end of 2021.