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Senator looks to fund work to recreational sites

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - From the Paseo De Susana, the Paseo Stadium, to the Hagatna Swimming Pool, there's plenty of work that needs to be done to bring the island's central recreational facilities back to full operations.

From table tennis to marshal arts and even ballroom dancing, the Hagatna Recreation Center once had it all. But over the last two decades no activity has taken place at the facility due to poor maintenance.

Instead what once was a field of dreams, the Paseo Stadium has turned into a nightmare. The structures here are in shambles.

Hoping to bring life back into these facilities, Senator Tommy Morrison, who said, "As a former director of Parks and Recreations and growing up playing sports I'm very interested in ensuring that we properly fund these facilities and maintain these facilities for our youth and families around our island."

Morrison says he's making progress with identifying anywhere from $800,000 to $1.4 million in federal funding to make this a reality, what Department of Parks and Recreations director Ray Blas says would especially help with the deteriorating recreation center roof.

"This is an unsafe structure the whole roof is unsafe it might fall down, that's why we make sure no one goes in there or what," he said.

Meanwhile, Blas says it's a balancing act for the agency which manages the island's parks islandwide with limited funding. "You see there's about $2.4 million for the parks on Guam not all of the parks but some of the parks so whatever I can get there to help out with the Hagatna Pool and the tennis courts also will be worked on hopefully we'll have all the funding for that," he said.

Ultimately, Morrison hopes to follow through with Governor Eddie Calvo's plan to revitalize the capital village of Hagatna. "We've addressed some of the maintenance around the island but we need to come back to the heart of Guam in our capital district and revitalize these facilities," he explained.

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