News homes for Rio Olympic pools

By Alice Richard
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Temporary pools from the Rio 2016 Olympics have been dismantled and will be sent to their new homes for permanent installation before the end of 2017. Completed by Myrtha Pools, the temporary pools were used for both warm-ups and races during the Olympics.

The pools are designed to be set up temporarily for events and then dismantled. The materials can then be re-used for permanent installations where the pools can be used by communities, instead of falling into disrepair as some pools at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Stadium have done.

One 50 m pool will begin a new life in Fortaleza do Sao Joao, Rio de Janeiro, in a military base. It will be reassembled in its original size of 50 x 25 x 3 m. The water polo pool, which was installed just outside the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, will be moved to Manaus, where it will be converted into a 50 m pool.

Two temporary 50 m pools — known as the ‘twin pools’ — from the Parque dos Atletas have already been dismantled. One will be reassembled at a military base in Guarantiguetà and the other will go to Salvado de Bahía for a new public facility.

The final location of the warm-up pool is yet to be decided, but it has been dismantled and is currently owned by the Rio de Janeiro municipality.

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