Puntarenas will be getting a $3 million swimming pool

Puntarenas is getting a new swimming pool complex with the official hope that this will spur tourism.

The Contraloría General de la República has approved the project, a necessary step with public works. The estimated price is 1.5 billion colons or about $3 million. The pool also will contain a two-story bar-restaurant, an adult and children’s pool, dressing areas and parking.

The job will take eight months beginning with the demolition of the existing pool, said officials.

The contract is between the Instituto Costarricense de
Puertos del Pacífico and the firm Constructora Navarro y Avilés S.A. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo also is participating, it said.

The site is in Barrio el Carmen on the Puntarenas Centro beachfront.

Carlos Ricardo Benevides, tourism minster, said that the project was a priority because the central government had promised to convert the city into a first-level destination for Costa Ricans and foreigners. The city already hosts crusie ships near the site.

Once completed, the pool complex will be maintained by a concession holder, the tourism institute said.

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