The Swimming Stadium, Helsinki

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Helsinki Swimming Stadium is an outdoors swimming venue in Helsinki, Finland, located in the Eläintarha area to the northeast of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.HistoryThe Swimming Stadium was designed by architect Jorma Järvi in the Functionalist style prevalent during the 1930s. The stadium was built for the 1940 Olympic Games which were cancelled due to the Second World War, but later hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics.Because of the war, the construction of the Swimming Stadium took a long time, and it was finally completed in 1947. In wartime, the finished pools were used to store herring and root vegetables.According to the International Swimming Federation, the water temperature in the pool needs to be at least 22 °C, nowadays 27 °C. The machinery to heat the outdoor pool was ordered from abroad, and the ship transporting them was sunk immediately after the war broke out.The stadium has been listed as a significant example of modern architecture in Finland by Docomomo.Current useThe Swimming Stadium is a popular recreational venue for citizens. It is open from the beginning of May to the end of September. It is a popular place and in summertime it is visited by about 5000 swimmers every day – 290,000 altogether in the summer 2013. The stadium has three pools: a 50 metre exercise swimming pool, a diving pool and a children's pool, and a small, shallow, round wading pool for small children a little further away. The diving pool has two 1 metre and two 3 metre high springboards, and a 1 metre plateau in front of the diving tower. Use of the diving tower is controlled and requires lifeguard supervision. The 1 and 3 metre springboards are almost always freely usable by customers. However, for example when swimming teams or clubs come to practice at the Stadium, the 3 metre springboard may be reserved for their use.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Uimastadikalla is always nice to visit. The atmosphere is nice and the whole family. Our teenagers jumping endlessly jump from the tower and ponnulaudoilta and parents will love the picnic atmosphere viltillä the weather is nice and sunny. In case of rain the swimming-pool is a good idea to have as little rain is not the pace of the harm. Of their own choosing, and to enjoy!
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  • July 23, 2017
    I live in Helsinki and have gone swimming to the Helsinki Swimming Stadium numerous times every summer. It is open from late spring until the end of summer and for me it is an absolute must to go ther...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    The swim stadion was built for the helsinki olmpics and is a lovely place to spend a day or moment swimming. The pools are good and also the saunas. There is a hotter and milder sauna.  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    An outdoor pool area that also has some sport activities inside of it, for instance, a gym. It's located near the center so if your looking for a good place to sunbathe and don't want to go far, this is the place then.
  • June 28, 2017
    Excellent venue both for training swimming in olympic size pool and having fun with children.
  • May 30, 2017
    Outdoors swimming pool. This is one of the places where the show offs of Helsinki start their careers. -52 olympics were here, not anymore
  • May 23, 2017
    Nice place. Warmed pools
  • August 2, 2016
    Great place to spend a summer's day. Showing its age in some places (a few paving stones could use replaced...) but the pool and diving boards are excellent. Two saunas each for men and women.

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