East Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods to get first swimming pool
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East Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods to get first swimming pool

Facility in Beit Hanina is one of seven to be built or renovated throughout the capital

An architect‘s image of the planned swimming pool in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem. (Galpaz Architecture/Jerusalem Municipality)
An architect‘s image of the planned swimming pool in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem. (Galpaz Architecture/Jerusalem Municipality)

The mostly Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem are to get their first swimming pool since Israel captured the east of the city in the 1967 Six Day War, the municipality said Wednesday

The pool complex — with an estimated price tag of NIS 40 million ($11 million) — will be built in the relatively upscale Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina in northern Jerusalem, opposite an existing community center.

Serving the residents of Beit Hanina, Shuafat and other Arab areas of northern Jerusalem, the facility will include a 25-meter (27-yard) pool, a baby pool, activity rooms and a fitness room, the city said.

The Galpaz architecture firm is currently applying for planning permission, and the Jerusalem Municipality hopes to be able to go to tender next year.

The pool is one of seven either being built or renovated by the municipality in neighborhoods that include Har Nof in the west of the city and Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev in the north. The other six are in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods.

One new pool complex opened in the neighborhood of East Talpiot in southeast Jerusalem last month, while those in Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev are due to ready by August 2018.

An Olympic-size pool is planned for the sports complex in Malha.

Existing pools in the German Colony and at Beit Hachayal near the Knesset are being renovated.

Municipal pools already exist in the neighborhoods of Kiryat HaYovel, Neve Yaakov and Gilo.

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