The outdoor pool season begins –

In Berlin, the outdoor pool season begins this weekend. For the first time since 2019, the pool will reopen without coronavirus restrictions.

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Johannes Kleinthorg, CEO of Berliner Vader Betrieve (BBB), said at a press conference with Sports Senator Iris Spranger on Monday (April 25, 2022) that Kleinthorg and Sprunger also offered a new contract. rice field. This is to regulate cooperation between pool operators and the state.

Three outdoor pools will open this weekend

In 2022, the outdoor pool will reopen without a time frame. Tickets can be purchased voluntarily at the cash desk or online. The traffic light system informs the visitor about the use of the pool. The dive tower and slides, changing rooms and showers are all open and need to be available again. The One Sea Lido Is already open, with Sommerbad Olympiastadion, Kombibad Spandau Süd and Sommerbad Kreuzberg opening this weekend. Starting in July, all pools in Berlin should be open.

The water in the pool gets cold

As a result of the Ukrainian War, pool operators want to save gas, so they are turning down the heating of most pools. According to Kleinsorg, the water temperature in the pool in the summer is set 2 degrees lower than usual. In the indoor pool, the temperature drops by 1 degree. This has helped reduce Russia’s dependence on natural gas, he said. The exception is Mariendolph’s summer pool, which is completely solar-powered, according to a spokesperson.

Heated pool and therapy pool as usual

According to Kleinsorg, pool operators expect guests to be “almost unaware” of low temperatures. Senator Spranger added that temperatures should not be lowered any further. She said the children’s pool and the therapeutic pool were excluded from the measurements and heated as usual.

New contract with Berliner Bäderbetriebe

According to the BBB, the operation and refurbishment of Berlin’s outdoor and indoor pools will be regulated by a new pool contract over the next 10 years. The state pays so-called swimming time, namely swimming lessons, club sports, and public swimming time, rather than subsidizing operations as a lump sum as in the past. This ensures that all costs are covered. In return, the state receives a guarantee that swimming time is not simply eliminated during the refurbishment.

Contracts offer the potential for new investment projects

Each year, 146,000 of these water hours are ordered. This year Berlin is offering € 63.7 million for this purpose and next year € 66 million. According to the BBB, the contract also provides the basis for an investment project. One of the next major projects is the refurbishment of the Spreewaldplatz wave pool. Cost here: 42 million euros. Overall, the need for refurbishment by 2030 was around € 400 million.

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Issued: April 26, 2022

Last updated: April 26, 2022

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