Sports Centre – Outdoor Swimming Pool
Manʼs aspiration to achieve health of both body and soul has been in existence since time immemorial. It needs even not be reminded of the pioneers of this motto, Miroslav Tyrš and Jindřích Fügner. Of course, there have always been many active supporters of recreational as well as semi-professional sport in Ústí nad Orlicí.
The origin of this tradition dates back to the first half of the 20th century. The local swimmers were the first to make use of the Tichá Orlice river not only to bathe there, but also to start building a rather primitive swimming pool. Sufficient distance from the town enabled them to make use of the flat meadows and build there an athletic stadium as well as tennis clay courts, which became famous all over the Czech Republic in the course of the following decades. Each year, there are several tournaments organised, of which the most famous one is the Rieter Cup. The location of these sport facilities in the proximity of the river did not change even in the course of the following years. On the contrary, the existing facilities were step by step extended into a complete sports centre, which deserves the attribute “first-class”. After repeated and, unfortunately, unsuccessful attempts at establishing an outdoor swimming pool, there came the year 2000 and the common dream came finally true. A modern, perfectly equipped outdoor swimming pool offering numerous opportunities for active relaxation was opened in Ústí in that year. It features a childrenʼs pool as well as a bouncy castle. The facility also comprises a 101-meter-long water slide, access for disabled people and a wide range of refreshment items.
Another part of todays sports centre composes of three football pitches, of which two are covered with a classical turf and one with the third generation artificial turf. The athletic stadium with tartan track is comparable to other first-class facilities of this kind in the Czech Republic. The modernized sauna along with the winter stadium, which is available all year round, should not be left out from this description, either. During the summer time, it is suitable for IN-LINE and BANDY hockey as well. The whole area includes also the Sporthotel Tichá Orlice. Apart from the hotel services, the visitors have a well-equipped fintess-centre at their disposal.