Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat; President of the Jerusalem Fund, Johanna Arbib; and CEO of Mifal Hapais, Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, inaugurated the Sports & Swimming center in East Talpiyot. The center was planned by architect Nachman Etstein and has three floors, including a fitness center, lobby, facilities and systems, rooms for clubs, dressing rooms, cafeteria, seating and coffee areas, offices, auxiliary rooms, and more. The swimming pool at the center extends 25 meters (half-Olympic length).
The sports and swimming center will form part of the services provided by the East Talpiyot Community Center, will partially become the center of neighborhood life, and will be an important component of the services actively provided in the neighborhood. It is located next to Seligsberg High School, and will serve the students and the neighborhood’s residents through its various activities.
The establishment of the sports and swimming center was made possible following a donation by the family of Alan Greenberg in the United States, one of the Jerusalem Fund’s veteran donors who established many projects in Jerusalem (among which are the sports center in Gilo, the swimming pool in Gilo, and the sports complex in East Talpiyot). The construction stands as part of our work increasing the urban investment in cultural and leisure institutions in the city. The center was built in cooperation with the Jerusalem Fund and with financing from Mifal Hapais and the Jerusalem Fund—along with the Municipality.
In addition, the construction of the sports and swimming center is part of the Municipality’s activities to increase the urban investment in cultural and leisure institutions in the city.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that “the sports and swimming center established in East Talpiyot is one of seven new community sports and swimming centers that are now being planned and constructed for the benefit of the public in the neighborhoods of East Talpiyot, Pisgat Zeev, Ramot, the German Colony, Beit Hanina, Har Nof, and in the sports complex southwest of the city. These Jerusalem sports and swimming centers will form a quality base for leisure activities for all ages close to home, and will serve to draw in young families. They will form an economic anchor for the community centers, and will increase the circle of participants in community and social activities in the neighborhoods. This is another step that we are making for improving the quality of life of Jerusalem’s residents. Over the last few years, we have invested many resources in the city’s neighborhoods and in the vicinity of people’s homes, and we will continue to act in order to advance additional sports, culture, and leisure projects for the benefit of the city’s residents.”
Johanna Arbib, president of the Jerusalem Fund, noted that “the Jerusalem Fund has operated for 50 years to improve the quality of life of the city’s residents. The pool joins the Jerusalem Fund’s investment in additional aspects of East Talpiyot, and serves as a magnet for young families to the neighborhood and for many residents who will be able to enjoy leisure and sports activities. This is also a way to strengthen the community center, something in which we see great importance.”
CEO of Mifal Hapais, Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, clarified that “the swimming pool encourages an active way of life and teaches self-discipline. Mifal Hapais is now informing local authorities regarding the additional contribution of ₪1.2 billion to the local authorities. It is a joy to see that the money has been used for the benefit of Israeli society as a whole.”
The establishment of the sports and swimming center in Armon HaNatziv joins the voluminous urban activity to increase the supply of sports and leisure facilities in Jerusalem. Over the last few years, Teddy Stadium was renovated, construction was completed on the Pais Arena basketball court, the skate park was built, and construction was completed on Park HaMesilah. Dozens of fitness facilities were established in locations throughout the city in Gan Sacher and Gan HaPa’amon public parks.