Two new outdoor heated swimming pools have just been inaugurated in St Paul’s Bay by Sport and Education Minister Clifton Grima.
This is the first phase of a major project undertaken by the Sirens Aquatic Club. The club had an outdoor swimming pool in the open sea which, in rough weather, would see the pool being unavailable for use and even damaged.
The newly inaugurated facilities will be serving as a regional centre for swimming in the north of Malta. Work is currently ongoing on another indoor swimming pool and gym.
The new pools are designed for use by both adults and children, and will be used for various sports such as waterpolo and even synchronised swimming. With pools filled with fresh water at a temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, this new building of pools is part of the first phase of the Sirens Club project. It includes the construction of a storm shelter and a watertight reservoir.
The first phase of the project alone costs €3.5 million. Of these, more than €2 million were channeled by the Planning Authority. Work on the second phase has begun and consists of building an indoor swimming pool and gym.
The Minister described the project as a dream come true for this community. Chef Executive of Sport Malta Mark Cutajar made reference to other swimming pool projects being carried out in Cottonera and Gozo said that in both cases the works were at an advanced stage.