City Plans to Open Sports Venues for Free to the Public
Residents will soon have free access to the city’s public sports venues on weekends and holidays and during designated times on weekdays. The city’s culture, sports and tourism bureau have been drafting several management rules and details for the access to public sports and recreation venues.
Although it’s not feasible to stop existing charges at large public sports venues since the construction was expensive and maintenance is costly. However the government is planning to subsidize the sports venues so residents can gain free access at some times especially during public holidays and designated times during weekdays. Plans are being discussed that will give residents discounts to access the sports venues in non free periods during the annual public fitness month that usually happens in August. The planned discounts would also be available whole year for military personnel, veterans, children and senior citizens.
The district level sports venues were open for free use for residents during the eight day holiday, drawing a lot of local residents to the venues which were mostly under used since the Universiade. If these venues were to open for free or charge a minimal fee on a regular basis residents will tend to visit more often. In addition to free access to local venues the city is also planning to create policies that will encourage local schools to open their sports facilities to the public when there are no classes.