Terme Bjelovar Wants Indoor, Outdoor Pools, Recreation and Water Park

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, local elections are due to be held in Croatia in just a few months, and many projects across numerous Croatian cities and municipalities will be announced in the coming period. Whether Terme Bjelovar will be one of the successful ones could be found out soon.

Namely, as was confirmed over recent days by Bjelovar Mayor Dario Hrebak, the construction of Bjelovar spas in the Veliko Korenovo zone is getting closer and closer to realisation.

He explained that the Terme Bjelovar project is worth a quarter of a billion kuna including VAT, which includes all of the costs so far – the purchase of the land, the construction of a geothermal well, equipment, projects, and consulting.

The hopes and plans are, they have pointed out from Bjelovar, indoor and outdoor pools, ie Olympic sized ones, recreational pools and even a water park. Everything relies on a geothermal spring with a constant water flow of 10 l / s and a temperature of 30 ° C.

They expect that the development of Terme Bjelovar’s ”thermal riviera” will be the induction of new facilities that will encourage the development of other tourist infrastructure and the development of tourism in that otherwise often overlooked area of the country.

Hrebak explained that they decided on a “somewhat megalomaniac” project and an Olympic indoor pool after talks with national sports associations in Zagreb, where it was concluded that this is a unique opportunity to raise sport in Bjelovar to a much higher level.

“I held a meeting with the leaders of the swimming and water polo federations where it was concluded that it would be a real shame not to take the opportunity now and just skip the construction of the Olympic pool. Given that in 2021 the National Programme of Recovery following the coronavirus crisis will be created, within which all counties, cities and municipalities in Croatia will be included in the catalog with all projects in a high stage of readiness, I think we can get additional financial funds,” said Mayor Hrebak.

Bjelovar had an indoor swimming pool until 2019 within the Retirement Home, but it was closed due to excessive maintenance costs. The outdoor swimming pool, on the other hand, was renovated in 2018 and has been attracting thousands of guests every summer since.

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