Panaad Park and Sports Complex

The Panaad Park and Sports Complex[1](Tagalog: [ˈpɐnaʔad]), also known as the Panaad Park and Stadium or the Panaad Sports and Recreational Park[2][3], is a park in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines owned by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental. It also hosts a sports complex with a stadium. The park is known as the main venue of the Panaad Festival since its establishment in the late 1990s.

Panaad Park and Sports Complex
Panaad Park and Stadium,
Panaad Sports and Recreational Park
Panaad Park.jpg
Eucalyptus trees in Panaad Park
Full namePanaad Park and Sports Complex
LocationBacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Main venuePanaad Stadium
Other sports facilitiesPanaad Swimming Complex, Softball Diamond
Opened1998

HistoryEdit

The park was established following the completion of a sports complex built for the hosting of the 1998 Palarong Pambansa[4], which includes the Panaad Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan of Bacolod. The area was then made as the primary venue of the Panaad Festival which was previously held at the Capitol Park and Lagoon from 1993 to 1996, and at Bredco Port in 1997.[5]

Sports complexEdit

Panaad Park hosts a sports complex with the Panaad Stadium as its main stadium.[1] The sports complex also has a swimming pool complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool and a second pool for training purposes. It also hosts a softball diamond.[6]

The Panaad Stadium (left) and the Panaad Swimming Complex (right)

FloraEdit

Eucalyptus is the primary type of tree which populates the park.[3][4] It is estimated that there are 60,000 individual eucalyptus trees in the 25 hectares (62 acres) park.[1]

Other facilitiesEdit

The venue has been the permanent venue of the Panaad Festival and hosts 32 pavilions which features the 32 towns and cities of Negros Occidental.[4] The park hosts the extension office of Western Visayas chapter of the Maritime Industry Authority in a four-storey building inaugurated within the park in 2018.[7] The 25-hectare Panaad Sports Complex, lined with eucalyptus trees and the 32 attractive pavilions for each local government unit. Each pavilion features the history, commerce, tourism, trade products and services, arts and culture, and food of the particular town or city.

The unfinished Negros First Animal Hub, a venue meant for trade of livestock and poultry and related-research and development to boost the agriculture of the province is also hosted inside the park.[8] The center was left incomplete due to alleged anomalies in the bidding process.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Negros Occidental in Western Visayas" (PDF). Department of Tourism. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ Doble, Henry (26 October 2015). "Unigames athletics start at Panaad today". Sun Star Bacolod. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lopez, Antonieta (30 March 2003). "Negros comes alive with the Panaad Fest". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Algarme, Claire Marie (6 April 2018). "Algarme: Panaad sa Negros Festival turns 25". Sun Star Bacolod. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ Dangcalan, Danny (18 April 2016). "Panaad: A vow that lasts". SunStar Bacolod. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Panaad sportsfest lined up". Visayan Daily Star. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Marina Ext. Office Opens at Panaad Park, Bacolod". Negros Daily Bulletin. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ Nicavera, Erwin (1 February 2018). "Negros Occidental to build P10-M animal hub". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Gov. won't pay for unfinished Negros First Animal Hub". Negros Daily Bulletin. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.