COLLAPSED: The sports centre is unusable for at least a year.
CREDIT: Denia town hall
A TORNADO that ripped through Denia left devastation in its wake.
Denia´s sports complex was badly damaged and may have to be completely rebuilt.
Part of the sports hall’s roof was torn off, one wall collapsed, flooring was destroyed and windows shattered.
Vicent Grimalt, Denia’s mayor, and Sports councillor Raul Garcia de la Reina announced that it would be impossible to carry out repairs until the 2019-2020 season ends.
The rugby ground, athletics pitch and the Valencian ballgame court will be reopened to the public once the sports hall’s roof has been secured and the public’s safety can be guaranteed, Garcia de la Reina said.
Meanwhile, neighbouring town halls will be asked to allow Denia’s municipal Sports Schools and clubs that habitually use the complex to use their installations, Garcia de la Reina confirmed.
“Municipal officials are now inspecting the sports centre to assess whether it is worth repairing, which will take a great deal of time and money, or whether it is preferable to build a centre more suited to the town’s needs,” Grimalt said.
As the existing centre was built 40 years ago, he was in favour of the latter solution, the mayor announced.