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Saint-Josse swimming pool reopens after 10 years

20:21 18/11/2019

Saint-Josse's municipal swimming pool has reopened to the public - after 10 years of renovation works and several delays.

The public baths, housed in a 1933 Art Deco building, have been closed since 2010, initially for a three-year period.

But upon closer inspection, the works proved to be more complicated than first thought. Extra financing was needed, new contractors had to be hired and further requests for planning permission significantly delayed the task.

When an end to the works appeared to be in sight, workers discovered a fault in the water filters, requiring another delay.

During the summer holidays, a September reopening was announced, which was then pushed back to October - before finally happening last Friday.

The reopening comes at a time when capacity in Brussels' swimming pools is limited due to several closures for repair works, which have deprived many local schoolchildren of swimming lessons.

Neptunium, in neighbouring Schaerbeek, has been closed since 2017. Triton, in Evere, will be out of action for at least three months from January 2020. Ixelles' 115-year-old swimming pool closed for three years of renovation works at the end of August.

Written by The Bulletin