Prague 6 to get a beach

The area used by the farmers market will have sand during the week

Prague 6 will get a beach, but not at the waterfront. A temporary beach will be installed at Vítězné náměstí and share the same area that is used for the farmers market.

The beach will be available from the end of June to the end of September from 10 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The same space will be used for the farmers market on Friday and Saturday. Then following the end of the  farmersmarket the beach will be rebuilt. The beach will be between Vítězné náměstí and Technická Street.

Hours for the beach will be adjusted, depending on the usage, but is should not interfere with the operation of the farmers market.

The beach will allow people to relax and sunbathe, and deck chairs can be borrowed free of charge. There will also be two volleyball courts, an area for petanque and for table tennis. For little ones, there will be a bouncy castle and a wading pool. There will also be refreshment stands and a shower.

The water will be supplied by Veolia and a temporary electric supply will be made available. The cost of these components is minimal, as the connections already exist for an ice skating rink in the winter.

The idea for the beach came from district councilor Libor Bezděk (STAN), who was also behind the skating rink.

The total cost of the project, according to documents on the Prague 6 district website, is in the neighborhood of half a million crowns. Funds are available in the district budget for sports and leisure.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea. Some people on social media do not see the point of a beach without a large body of water nearby and feel that the money could have been spent better elsewhere. Others say they will likely use it but would also have used a recreation area without sand.People who want to swim in something larger than a wading pool will have to go to Džbán in Divoká Šárka or one of the other outdoor bathing spots in the city.

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