Rome 2024 and the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) announced Wednesday an inaugural project to build a sports centre to be located in the heart of Parco Alessandrine (District V).
The initiative was made possible by the Sport and Suburbs fund, which has been allocated 100 million Euro to be spent between 2015 and 2017. Although it was initially set up by the Italian government, the fund has now been transferred from the Prime Minister’s office to CONI.
The first sports centre covers an area of around 3,000 metres, and completion is expected in early November 2016. The centres to be built in the other fourteen districts of Rome will each cover an area of about 2,000 square metres.
Each centre’s zones will include playgrounds for children of all ages, pitches for team sports like 5 a-side football, basketball and volleyball, and BMX/cyclo-cross tracks. All the playground equipment will be handicap accessible.
Rome 2024 President Luca di Montezemolo, who attended the event along with CONI President Giovanni Malago, said, “Parco Alessandrino is an incredible green space. Rome 2024 has worked from day one with schools and universities for the city’s development. This initiative is the first legacy that the Olympic Committee and Roma 2024 leave to the city and its citizens; an important event to involve the peripheral areas of our city”.
Rome is bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games along with Los Angles, Paris and Budapest. The host city for the 2024 Games will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September 2017.