The project for a new Olympic-sized swimming pool in La Cala de Mijas is a step nearer reality now, as the mayor of Mijas, Josele González, councillor for Infrastructure José Carlos Martín and Town Planning councillor Andrés Ruiz laid the first stone this week. It will be part of a new building which will be used for different purposes and is being built alongside the existing sports centre and football ground.
The 50-metre indoor pool will be heated to between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius and will have stands for up to 500 spectators, and the mayor says it will mark a before and after in the facilities available not only for local people but also professionals who will be able to use it for training.
He said that it has taken "huge effort and work" by different town hall departments to get to this point, and that "it has not been easy".
The construction will be carried out by the ACP Infraestructuras company at a cost of 3.6 million euros and is expected to take 17 months to complete so, "pandemic permitting," as the mayor was keen to stress, the pool should be in use by the summer of 2022.
"This pool is going to be the most modern and important in Malaga province," said José Carlos Martín, in terms of technical features, space, energy efficiency and, above all, its quality, which means top level sporting events will be able to take place there.
As well as the swimming pool, the project includes a three-storey building which will be used for different purposes such as pilates, self-defence and functional training, among others, and it will be accessible for people with mobility difficulties.
These new facilities will mean that people from La Cala will no longer have to go to Las Lagunas to practise water sports because everything they need will be right on their doorstep. "Quality facilities of this type are exactly what the people of La Cala deserve," said the mayor.