Ten years after it was founded, the Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn natural pool association has achieved an important interim goal. A majority in the municipal council decided to make the municipal property at Hirschwinkel available for the construction of such a swimming pool. Now the town hall is planning to start the land use planning for the project. However, the club, which has around 1,500 members, has to bear the costs for the construction of the natural pool and then for the ongoing operation. Therefore it is now necessary to tackle the financing, commented chairman Jochen Kahl on the positive vote of the municipal council. At a presentation of the plans at the end of February, he spoke of an estimated cost of 2.3 million euros. To raise this money, the association wants to rely on donations, sponsorship and loans.
The decision in the municipal council was controversial; As in the past, the CSU in particular spoke out against a natural pool at the planned location east of Sportparkstrasse and north of Ottobrunner Strasse. “It’s a filled gravel pit into which everything used to be thrown,” said parliamentary group spokesman Roland Spingler. “It’s just too dangerous for a leisure center.” On the other hand, the association and its chairman have always referred to expert opinions, according to which the construction of a natural pool on the property is possible. Mayor Mindy Konwitschny (SPD) announced that this will now be examined in detail again in the course of land use planning. But she emphasized: “I think that the location that has now been found is a very good location.”
According to Jochen Kahl, an “absolute eco-bath” could be created there – with water that is cleaned without chemicals and only by plants. The association’s plans also include a photovoltaic system and so-called energy stilts to heat the water using geothermal energy. School swimming will also take place in the public natural pool.