Some of you may know that Helsinki has two outdoor swimming venues – the Swimming Stadium and the Kumpula outdoor swimming pool. Unfortunately both are hard to access from Espoo. So you might just imagine how excited I was when finally an outdoor swimming pool opened nearer to where I live.
Leppävaara’s swimming venue has undergone a huge renovation since 2013. The indoor section was reopened in 2015 but us outdoor enthusiasts had to wait a year longer. What awaited us was definitely worth the wait.
The main swimming pool is 50 meters long and has 10 lanes. The lane closest to the changing rooms if for aqua running. I promise you that it’s not a sport only for grannies! It’s something even young ladies in their 20’s do here in Finland. You can either do it at a leisurely pace or do interval running to get your pulse kicking.
There are two separate entrances to the venue, so if you are planning to spend most of your time outside, then it’s best to enter through the gates that take you to the outdoor pool’s changing rooms. The indoor swimming pool will be closed from the 26th June till the 14th August.
Naturally men and women have their own changing rooms. In addition to showers, you will find a sauna there for your enjoyment. You cannot enter the sauna wearing your swimming suit/shorts.
Please note that in Finland swimming venues do not allow swimming shorts. Yes, this is the land of Speedos! However, at the Leppävaara pools you may wear swimming shorts but they must be shorter than knee length.
How about having a go at the slides? I actually tried them on the day the outdoor venue opened. I saw grannies sliding down and had to have a go myself. It didn’t go very fast – older children will be dissapointed.
In the midst of your day or to finish it off, you might want to eat something. This can be easily taken care of at the swimming venue’s café – Windyday. They even have outdoor seating and serve lunch too.
I think my love for outdoor swimming comes from my childhood of spending every day on the weekends or after school by the pool in Kuala Lumpur. I even had poolside birthday parties! Those were the days..
How about you, do you like swimming or aqua running? Do you have an outdoor pool where you live?