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Landlocked Warsaw to open man-made beach in the middle of the city

It may be hundreds of kilometres from the seaside but plans are well underway to build a beach at the foot of Warsaw’s Palace of Culture.

Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science is to have a 'beach' created around it so that locals can use it for the long, hot summer
Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science is to have a ‘beach’ created around it so that locals can use it for the long, hot summer Image by Jorge Láscar / CC BY 2.0

More than 1,000 tonnes of sand will be transported into the area and spread across the north-eastern section of the Defilad Square.  The idea is to allow the citizens of Warsaw enjoy the long, hot summer as if they were on a conventional beach by the ocean. Radio Poland reports that together with the in-land beach facilities, the recreational complex will include a beach soccer ‘pitch’.  Furthermore the area will house two badminton courts alongside a number of beach volleyball courts. The reports states that the thickest layers of sand – at a depth measuring about 40 centimetres – will be placed in the sports areas.

The authorities are also linking the complex to basic amenities for participants so that they can change into their sports gear and have showers afterwards. People working during the day won’t lose out on the sporting activity. Mobile floodlights will be installed so that night-time games can be staged. City Hall plans to open up the facilities to the public early this month and hope to keeping them going until mid-September.