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Lanzarote “thinks big” as Sports City plans are unveiled 

Lanzarote’s Cabildo has unveiled details of a multi-million euro scheme which will put the island on the map as a tourist-sports destination of international reference.

The remodelling of the Sports City Lanzarote, which will include a heated Olympic pool, will involve an investment of about six million euros. The new building, bioclimatic, will make the most of ventilation and natural light and will have a social room with a cafeteria.

Cabildo president, Pedro San Ginés said: “It’s time to think big and Lanzarote needs a project with an eminently sporting vocation like this one, which will fully incorporate Arrecife into the public-private strategy that we have followed for years to turn the island into a tourist-sports destination of international reference. “

The building will house the Island Centre for Youth Information La Paciencia; and the project includes new changing rooms and gymnasium, as well as the reordering of the adjacent plot where a new multipurpose court is proposed for the practise of handball, indoor football and basketball, two padel tennis courts and one racquetball court.

It will also have the first public swimming pool on the island of Olympic dimensions (50 x 25 metres), heated one hundred per cent with renewable energy sources and, with its ten lanes and three metres of depth, will be available for the highest level of swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.

On the first floor, in addition to the pool, there will be eight changing rooms and enough space to install when needed, and for the celebration of official competitions, a detachable stand for about 350 people. The second floor will house a social space with a cafeteria and will be surrounded by transparent glass.

The project will be financed with Cabildo funds and other outsiders such as those from the Canary Islands Development Fund (FDCAN), as explained by Pedro San Ginés, who was confident that it could be tendered before the end of this mandate. The execution period of the work is 16 months once the works have begun.