Sinkhole on Sports Court

In the slightly dodgy area of Granada, La Chana, a sinkhole has opened up on a sports court for 5-a-side football and basket ball.

GRA Sports Facilities SinkholeThe sports facilities, which is next to Calle Pintor Fernando Belda, has been out-of-use for several weeks since the hole appeared, but nobody is doing anything about it – not even putting barriers around the hole or locking the access gates.

The courts were always very popular with the youngster so the loss of these facilities is a blow, but at least nobody was using the courts when the hole opened up.

One local was the first to notice the hole and took photos and sent them via social media to the Asociación de Vecinos de la Chana, as well as the City Hall.

The City hall confirms that they had received news of the situation but it says that it’s not its responsibility to put right because although it is for public use, it is managed by the Gimnasio We. So, the City Hall has just sent the complaint along to them and seemingly washed their hands of it.

(News: City & Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: Álvaro Rodríguez)

  3 comments for “Sinkhole on Sports Court

  1. Miguel
    June 12, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Point taken here too! Political correctness us not my thing either. I’m glad you wrote me back. And of course you’ve been here so much longer than I. Arrived in 2004. I have noticed, though, like most places, word of mouth can give a place or population a reputation they don’t deserve, or not entirely so. I will take the ‘La Chanas’ of Spain any time over the mean streets of Canada or the UK. Thanks for all the work you do!

  2. June 10, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Miguel: point taken. I played in a concert in the Chana (the Centro Cívico) in May 2019 and like Almuñécar’s Barrio San Miguel, the bad fame is, for the most part, a thing of the past. However, the Granada Hoy online version ran an article in January 2020 entitled: Un mapa del miedo en Granada: los puntos ‘negros’ de La Chana para la mujer.

    The conflictive area of Granada has shifted north above where they hold the Marcha Verde street market (Almanjáyar). I had a girlfriend back in 89-early 90s who was studying at university (Cartuja) and flat sharing with three other girls (Casario de Montijo), just up from where the DGT offices are – not a good place to leave my bike parked at the time, over night.

    In Almuñécar, the high-rise, VPO flats, in La Carrera still have the nickname, La Chana, precisely because of the reputation that the real Chana had.

    Anyway, Miguel, this is a satirical publication and nobody can accuse me of being politically correct. 😉

  3. Miguel
    June 10, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Sorry, Martin, but your comment about La Chana as being ‘slightly dodgy’ seems a bit uncalled for in this article. I have lived in La Chana and found it delightful. There are a number of areas in Granada, like Zaidín, which are maligned in the same way, but in reality are simple, lively working class neighborhoods.

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