Piscina Comunale F. Villa Legnano

Legnano, Italy | C.1965

Photo Credit: Katie Holyoak

Approximately 20 kilometers from central Milan in the northwestern point of the Metropolitan City of Milan is the recreational Piscina Comunale F. Villa Legnano.  This public pool complex entices locals for a cool dip, or a day of exercise.

Originally the outdoor public baths were built in the 1930s and

The first outdoor public baths in Legnano were first built in this location in the 1930s. In 1964, an Olympic pool was renovated to a modern appearance by city surveyor Angelo Fedeli and councilor for public works Giovanni Mari who expanded the pool to 50 meters, equipped with 8-lanes and rearranged the diving platform. The diving platform ended up being the only remaining element of the previous architecture.

Officially opened on June 18th, 1965 with two pools, the inauguration was attended by the highest civil and religious city authorities. The ribbon cutting was entrusted to Anna Accorsi, the daughter of the then mayor Luigi Accorsi.

Festivities in the pool included male and female swimming competitions such as 100-meter freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and 4X50 mixed relays. Closing days of celebration were performances of dives off the trampolines of the sports association of Bolzano. Athletes in these performances included Olympic champion Klaus Di Biasi.

In 1990, the municipal council approved the expansion project of both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. In addition to the two pools improvements, a third 300-square-meter pool was built with slides and play equipment. For the first time in Italy an automated water purification system was also used for the pool systems. Today the pool still hosts locals and competitors alike to partake in competition or the recreational uses of their pools.

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