THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council's new sports and recreation complex in Bukit Mertajam is set to attract thousands of athletes as well as recreation-seeking individuals from the mainland.
Apart from a football field and synthetic running track, the RM12.8mil complex on a 5.9ha plot of former nipah swampland also has an Olympic-size swimming pool and children's water theme park.
Located in Jalan Betik - opposite the council's Central Seberang Prai district branch office, the state-of-the-art complex was completed in April this year after just 14 months. It is expected to open soon.
Council president Datuk Md Aris Ariffin said the complex was built for the public to conduct sports events as well as for their daily recreational use.
“Under Phase I of two phases, we have completed the swimming pool, water theme park, football field, synthetic track and the grandstand that can accommodate 1,000 people.
“There will also be a reflexology path, jogging track and children's playground at the water theme park,” he said in an interview.
He said the main complex would have an administration office, locker rooms, prayer rooms, medical rooms, a ticketing booth, toilets as well as separate rooms for coaches, referees, VIPs and security personnel.
“One of the unique features of this facility is the swimming pool complex's triangle-shape membrane roofing that resembles a ship's sail. It was imported from France,” he said, adding that the synthetic track was from the Netherlands.
The council's Engineering Department assistant director Hajjah Rosnani Mahmod said Phase II, which may kick off soon, would include a multipurpose hall with a seating capacity of 2,000 persons. It will mainly be used for judo, karate and futsal competitions.
She said Phase II would also have an indoor Combat Sports Academy building that would be annexed to the multipurpose hall to conduct training activities, including weightlifting.
“There will be an open court for basketball and netball. We also plan to have a squash court as well as a multipurpose court for badminton, sepaktakraw and volleyball, nearby,” she said.
Rosnani said that 260 car parking lots and an open space for hawker stalls were provided within the complex compound.
“There are also toilets and ramps for the disabled,” she added.