Limited opportunities for recreational activities and swimming training
Järvafältet and Järvabadet are located just outside of the centre of Stockholm. Ever since the 1970s, it has been a desire among local residents to build an outdoor swimming pool here, and in the summer of 2020 the pool was finally completed. Among those behind the project is AIX Arkitekter, who state that there was a huge need for this type of facility in this area in particular:
- The average income level in the district is among the lowest in the whole of Stockholm, which means that children and young people in the Järvafältet area have few opportunities to take part in recreational activities or to travel away during school holidays and, for example, learn how to swim.
For many years, this area was the only neighbourhood in Stockholm that did not have access to either a beach or a swimming pool. When the decision was made to build Järvabadet, one of the goals was to increase the level of swimming proficiency in the Järva area. Swimming proficiency is also something that is necessary to achieve a certificate from lower and secondary school, to be able to continue with further studies.
Moreover, it was important to create an attractive meeting place for local residents. Now they have a social meeting arena where they can undergo swimming training, have a picnic with friends or just relax in pleasant surroundings. If visitors bring along lunch, there are several picnic tables accessible—also adapted for wheelchair users.