The slaughter of Acentejo ends to reopen its indoor municipal swimming pool, after 11 months of reform and expansion works, and recovers a leisure, sports and health service for which five other municipalities in the North that have theirs under construction or closed due to obligation still have to wait. Puerto de la Cruz, La Guancha and El Tanque are waiting for some work in progress that will allow them to have their facilities available as soon as possible, while Los Silos and Santa Úrsula have them, but they are out of service due to imposition. San Juan de la Rambla began demolishing its own a few days ago, which had been closed since early 2010.
The municipal swimming pool of La Matanza It is back in service after almost a year closed “due to the complexity of the work.” Its main novelty is a new pool 38 meters long, provided with two lanes, and the extra lane that has been gained in the main pool, after relocating the access ramp. Improving accessibility was another of the objectives of this reform, since it is now possible to move around the entire complex through ramps adapted for people with reduced mobility. The works cost 422,650 euros and involved other improvements to improve the sustainability of the facility and its energy efficiency and water management.
The burst pipe and flooding in the engine room of the old municipal swimming pool of Puerto de la Cruz, on December 13, 2015, forced the closure of the facility from one day to the next. In 2016 the council is involved and assumes the project. The old municipal swimming pool will be the Insular Water Sports Center of Tenerife, a large infrastructure that costs 14 million euros, about two million euros more than initially raised. After various unforeseen events, in September 2022 it was expected that the final opening of this great space for sports such as swimming, rescue, water polo or synchronized swimming could arrive in September of this year. The Cabildo maintains that forecast.
Towns such as Tacoronte, La Orotava, Los Realejos, Icod de los Vinos, Garachico or Buenavista del Norte They do have municipal swimming pools in use, all covered except for those on Isla Baja. Thousands of people come every day to play sports and, in the summer, they organize courses for the little ones to learn to swim. At the moment, La Victoria does not have any swimming pool planned and in El Sauzal they only think of incorporating a small spa-type facility, not for sports competitions, which would be included in a future reform of the sports complex. Something similar to what is currently being built in the town of El Tanque.
The construction site of the new recreational pool The discovery of the municipality has already been underway since last March in the El Lance park, with the forecast that it will conclude this year. This first phase will make it possible to start up the bathing and solarium areas, as well as the complex’s bar-cafeteria. In later phases the installation will be improved with complementary services. This sports and leisure infrastructure will have three small vessels: one for general use; another of a therapeutic type, with water beds and pressure jets, and a third shallow one for children, separated by a security fence. Its cost is around 458,000 euros. It will be a recreational pool that, like other municipalities of the Archipelago with characteristics similar to El Tanque, which has 2,800 inhabitants, such as Puntagorda (2,200 inhabitants), on the island of La Palma, or the town of Tejeda (1,900 residents) , in Gran Canaria.
The Town Hall of La Guancha received the work of the new municipal swimming pool in February 2019 and complained that the project was not finished yet. There was a judicial process with the construction company and it was necessary to repair serious leak problems. In October 2022, the municipality received a transfer of 758,000 euros from the Cabildo to urbanize the entire environment and finally be able to put the pool into use. That work has not yet begun.
The concessionaire company of this pool and sports complex unilaterally renounced the exploitation contract in June 2019, despite the fact that it expired in 2026. It left 17 workers on the street and some 1,100 users without a pool. Since then, the City Council and the company have faced the courts in a procedure that has lasted four years. The Northern Consistory is currently drafting the necessary improvement project to be able to put the operation of the complex up for tender again, since the concessionaire left it in a poor state and now it must adapt to the regulations. A market study and an assessment of the actions required by the complex have been carried out, such as the adaptation of the pool, a new boiler supplied with photovoltaic energy, expansion of the changing rooms and training rooms. These reforms have a cost of one million euros and the consistory has the financing. Once the project is completed and the works are executed, its management can be put out to tender again. Its reopening date is unknown.
It is the most bloody case. Closed at the end of the summer of 2019 due to an error in the processing of the extension of the concession in 2018, the City Council and the Cabildo iThey invested more than 365,000 euros in getting it ready and when the municipality wanted to reopen it, Costas in Madrid prevented it and showed his intention to demolish it. He will soon face his fourth consecutive summer closed and with the threat of a demolition that no one had asked for or had ever considered. The Silense City Council has been left alone in its demand for the reopening of this pool, inaugurated in 1968, and has not found support in the Government of the Canary Islandswho assumed the powers in Costas on January 1, 2023.