Pool Project Makes a Splash
Bids have been presented for building a new indoor swimming pool in the city.
Szczecin is a leading swimming centre in Poland, with competitors of the City Swimming Club (Miejski Klub Pływacki) – including Katarzyna Baranowska, Przemysław Stańczyk and Mateusz Sawrymowicz -- achieving are stardom in European and world championships. As such, trainers and activists have urged the city government to build a 500-meter indoor swimming pool to further this success.
The new swimming pool will be build next to an existing 25-meter pool that belongs to the Szczecin Sport House (Szczeciński Domu Sportu), where an outdoor pool now stands. The new pool will be connected to the smaller facility. The project will result in a complex comprising two indoor swimming pools, with eight lanes at a distance of 50 meters.
In addition, there will be seating for 1750 people, a pressbox, places for lifeguards, changing rooms for competitors and wardrobes for spectators. Plans call for a parking area that will accommodate 100 cars and six coaches.
Thanks to the connection with the smaller indoor swimming pool, this new facility will offer an Olympic-standard venue and present the opportunity for the city to host world-class sporting events and competitions.
A contractor is to be selected from among 8 proposals that were sent to the Town Hall, with the commission expected to be finalized at the beginning of 2009. Completion of the new facility is slated for September 2010.
A total investment of PLN76 million will be financed by the City of Szczecin and by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, which is contributing PLN31.5 million to the project.