Hagåtña, Guam – More than a million dollars worth of upgrades await the sports community of Dededo. Today, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio joined the Dededo community for a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off the new Dededo Outdoor Gym Project. The $1 million project will design-build a new steel gym over the existing basketball court, similar to the open-air gym concept in other villages. Other project features include a new lighting system, resurfacing and restriping of the court, installation of a new fence, new retractable basketball backstops, electronic scoreboard, new restrooms, new bleachers, installation of new rims, and flood mitigation in areas around the court. Funding is made possible through the Capital Improvement Projects Grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“Dededo is one of the bigger villages with a diverse community, so we know this project will give our people, most especially our youth, more opportunities to focus on their health, fitness and overall well-being. We share in your excitement and hope our community takes pride and ownership of this new gym,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

“People of all ages utilize the courts and park throughout the entire day, even as early as four in the morning. This project will provide a safer space and environment for our community members to stay active and stay engaged. We know these upgrades to the park will have a lasting, positive impact for the people of Dededo and hopefully lead to more programs for our youth and manåmko’,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio.

The basketball court was first constructed in the 1960s, and the tennis court was added in the 1980s. The courts are used for sports practices and scrimmage games for the youth and manåmko’, Zumba sessions, aerobics, and physical education classes.

“I am excited for the Basketball Court conversion to an outdoor gym facility. This will definitely allow players to use the facility during inclement weather. We continue to promote healthy lifestyles for our residents to live a better life. I thank Governor Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Tenorio for making our dream of this outdoor gym a reality,” said Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares.

Surface Solutions will serve as the project contractor and take up to 180 calendar days to complete the work. To watch the groundbreaking in its entirety, visit https://fb.watch/d2DQRIjezh/.

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