In place of the Basel Musical Theater in Mesplatz, the Basel government wants to build the 50-meter swimming pool that has been in demand for years.
The basics in brief
- In Basel, the Musical Theater Basel will soon have to give up its place.
- Instead, comes the long-awaited 50-meter pool.
Musical theater Basel will soon become history: the Basel government would like to have a 50-meter swimming pool, which has been in demand for years, built on a plot of land located in Messeplatz. The lease contract with the Basel Conservatory was terminated by mutual agreement at the end of 2024. The Basel government announced this on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.
A plunge pool, attraction pool, water areas for young children and a visitor’s exhibition are also planned in the new indoor pool. Other uses such as coffee shop or shops are also possible. As per the current situation, the new pool can be occupied in 2029 at the earliest.
As a training facility for the clubs, the new indoor pool creates significant added value in the densely populated residential area. In addition, the place, which is little used today, will be revitalized.
Decision on project credit after further clarification
The canton, the owner of the land, wants to continue using parts of the existing building. The Basel government agreed to 200,000 Swiss francs for further clarification of the project. Among other things, this should clarify specific costs and structural feasibility. Next, the Grand Council must decide on the project planning loan.
In the canton of Basel-Stadt, the demand for a new swimming pool is a permanent political issue. Recently, an initiative was presented to build a 50-meter swimming pool in Basel.
Aside from the temporary roof over the pool in the Eglisee garden pool during the winter months, there is no 50-meter pool at Basel-Stadt. The Rialto Indoor Pool will be closed for renovation from May 1, 2022, until likely the end of August 2024.
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