The pandemic urged the authorities to propose the partial opening of the new water park. There was also a meeting between the management of Plops and the mayors of Hannut and Landen. “We visited the whole park to see for ourselves how the place works, and then agreed on a date, December 11, to meet the first swimmers,” explains Manu Douette. Initially, only public swimming pools will be available. The 4,800-square-meter building is practically operational. Work began in May 2019 and will be completed soon. Only a few details remain to be worked out. “It was not easy to move forward with the pandemic, but we got there. Currently, the complex is 95% ready, because some tests have to be done at certain sites. The rest of the infrastructure checks and water quality has already taken place,” adds Plops CEO. The filling of the pools started several weeks ago to move on.
The park, which has an investment of 25 million euros, shows the bee may, the Ball and provides opportunities for recreation, recreation, sports and training. The peculiarity of Plopsaqua Hannut-Landen is that it is larger than De Panne, which was launched 5 years ago, and has an outdoor area.
From 11 December, swimmers will have access to the building’s two public swimming pools, but not to the rest of the complex. “We will proceed gradually, first allowing individual swimmers to arrive between 16:00 and 20:00. They can only arrive by prior arrangement by booking online (www.plopsaquahanutlanden.be) and there can only be two swimmers in each of the 8 lanes who means 16 people per hour, “explains Manu Douette. Secondly, schools or groups with children under the age of 12 will be added on January 4.” Schools will be offered a schedule and a visit will be organized with physical education teachers.
Executive director Steve Van den Kerkhof estimates that the building can normally accommodate around 1,200 people at a time. Finally, he hopes to inaugurate the whole complex quickly. Given the situation, the price should be adjusted with an entry price of € 3 instead of the planned € 5.