The town pools in Beli Manastir in the Baranja region will again open their doors, but with a brand new design. Visitors will be able to swim there starting next summer – children will use a slide to enter the children’s pool, while the adults will even have a proper beach reserved for them, reports Lokalni.hr on November 13, 2018.
By adopting a decision on borrowing, the Town Council has approved a 6.5 million kuna loan for the purpose of reconstruction of town pools. The loan will be provided by the Croatian Postal Bank, which has offered the best conditions. The loan must still be approved by the Ministry of Finance and the government, after which the local authorities will start the public procurement procedure.
“The total investment is estimated at 9 million kuna, and the exact cost of the works will be determined after the public procurement procedure is completed. We plan to build a restaurant complex near the pools, which is something that is also needed by the town of Beli Manastir,” say sources from the town council.
The town pools in Beli Manastir were first opened in the late 1980s, when their construction was financed by the then Municipality of Beli Manastir and the Belje company. After the reintegration of this territory back into Croatia, they were given to several companies as a concession. They have been closed since 2016 and are currently in a dilapidated condition.
“During the session of the Town Council, a conceptual solution for the pool complex was presented, significantly different from the existing one. The existing children’s pool will receive new overflow channels and a slide. The pool complex will also get a pool with additional amenities, such as lying and sitting massage, a beach, waterfalls and a water slide.
A recreational swimming pool and all accompanying facilities are also planned. A wooden pergola will serve as a sunbathing area, and the complex will also get new changing rooms and sanitary facilities. Citizens of Beli Manastir and their visitors will thus get a modern and functional complex.
When it was just opened before the Homeland War, the complex had a large Olympic and a children’s pool, while a smaller baby pool was added later. According to the current plans, the large pool will be replaced by the two aforementioned pools. The children’s pool will remain, so the complex will have three pools.
The new and reconstructed pools should be completed by the start of the 2019 summer season, provided there are no unexpected delays.
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Translated from Lokalni.hr (reported by Suzana Lepan Štefančić).