The Georges Vallerey swimming pool in Paris reopens in spring 2024

Published by My de Sortiraparis, Rizhlaine de Sortiraparis · Published on January 3rd, 2024 at 10:44 a.m.
The Georges Vallerey swimming pool reopens in spring 2024. Located at 148 avenue Gambetta, Paris 20th, this historic pool features a 50-meter pool with an opening roof, ideal for swimmers of all levels.

Just a few months after the reopening of the legendary Piscine Pontoise, another historic pool is about to open its arms to us once again, just before the arrival of the Olympic Games. In the heart of Paris's 20th arrondissement, the legendary Piscine Georges Vallerey, formerly known as the Piscine des Tourelles, is set to welcome back swimming enthusiasts. Closed for renovation for the past two years, this emblematic pool, which saw the exploits of Johnny Weissmuller at the 1924 Olympic Games, is ready to write a new chapter in its history.

The work undertaken is no mean feat. They include a complete renovation with an eco-certified timber frame, a new sunroof and significant improvements in terms of energy performance and accessibility. These improvements are aimed at preparing the pool for Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the Paris 2024 Games. It's a return to its roots for this building, which is once again being transformed into a top-level training venue for international competitions.

This ambitious project does not stop at infrastructure modernization. Particular emphasis is placed on sustainability and recycling. Larch beams from the old roof structure will be reused to create furniture and signage, while the remaining wood will be donated to the Extramuros association. The aim is clear: to reuse or recycle 90% of the site's waste.

This pool is more than just a place to swim; it's part of the history of Paris. Its original construction in the early 1920s and its participation in Olympic swimming, diving and water polo events make it a living testimony to the evolution of swimming and sport in general. Its massive concrete structure, typical of the period between the two world wars, houses a 50-meter-long pool equipped with the very first water lines and a diving pit, making it the most modern swimming pool in Europe at the time.

With the reopening scheduled for spring 2024, the Piscine Georges Vallerey is not only coming back to life, it is reinventing itself while preserving its heritage. It's an invitation to discover or rediscover a place steeped in history, which has evolved with the times. For residents of the 20th arrondissement and swimmers from all walks of life, the reopening of this pool is more than just an event; it's the rebirth of a Parisian sporting and cultural heritage. See you in spring 2024 to discover it in a whole new light!

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148 avenue Gambetta
75020 Paris 20

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