June 02, 2020

Come On In, the Bombshelter's Fine



Come On In, the Bombshelter's Fine
Even non-bomb-shelter pools can be dingy. Christy747, Wikimedia Commons

Don your trunks, grab a towel, but forget the sunscreen: a new St. Petersburg swimming pool is set to be built underground, in a former bomb shelter.

The site, beneath what is now the city's Viktor Tsoi Square (named after the famous Soviet musician), has been transferred from the department for civil defense to the Rainbow Sports School. Construction is set to begin shortly, and is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

When the pool opens, the grounds of the square and the facilities will form a single architectural ensemble.

Sounds like a trip to this pool would be the bomb.

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