City Council approves Výstaviště projects

Some Kč 48 million will go into creating a pool, grills and a bike track

The Prague City Council approved an investment of Kč 48 million into Výstaviště Praha in Holešovice. In the future, the area should include a natural swimming pool, a freestyle track for bikes and a barbecue area. Both the grill and the bike park should be built by July 2019, and the swimming pool should open in September or October.

The swimming area should be similar to one in Radotín. It will be cover 1,810 square meters. The estimated construction cost will be Kč 36.4 million. Up to 600 people a day are expected to use it daily when the season permits.

The bike park is expected to cost Kč 6.6 million crowns. Clay tracks are planned there as well a space for beginner and advanced cyclists to improve bicycle riding techniques. It should include natural elements and surroundings. There was a bike track in the park previously, but it fell into disrepair.

Between the path called Bruselská cesta and the Stromovka Gastro pavilion, some grills will be built for Kč 4.8 million. There will be a place for equipment rental and a music pavilion.

These projects will be in a zone designated for recreation. In the future, there could still be an alternative space for landscape art, or there could be more attractions and relaxation zones.

The Prague 7 district has been critical of Prague City Hall’s approach to Výstaviště, which has large areas that are seldom used and an exhibition hall with great potential.

The city now wants to invest hundreds of millions of crowns into Výstaviště. Other planned projects include reconstruction of the burned-out wing of the Industrial Palace (Průmyslový palác), repairs to the Křižík Fountain (Křižíkova fontána) and the renovation of some of the culturally protected buildings. A new entry gate should also be built.

The most difficult part will be creating a replica of the destroyed left wing of the Industrial Palace. The wing was destroyed in a fire in 2008 when an electric stove was left on overnight during an exhibition.

An architectural plan was developed a few years ago by firm Cigler Marani but was not implemented due to its cost. Currently, a tent is covering the area of the former wing.

The Industrial Palace was built in 1891 by architect Bedřich Münzberger in the Art Deco style.

Výstaviště was built for the Jubilee Exhibition of 1891, also called the General Land Centennial Exhibition. There was a large renovation of the area in 1991. During the communist era, party congresses were held at the Industrial Palace. The palace is 238 meters long and the central part is 51 meters high.

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