Polish News Translated - Poznan- June 17

By Bethany HuffJune 17, 2024

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Large Holiday Renovations Launched in Poznań, Expect Disruptions Until September

Major renovation projects have begun in Poznań, affecting public transportation until September 1. The Public Transport Services announced Saturday that track repairs on the Dworcowy Bridge and track replacements at the intersection of Roosevelta, Głogowska, and Matyi streets will commence. Additional work will occur at the Staroleka roundabout.

Changes in public transport operations will be implemented to minimize inconvenience. "The track repairs are necessary to enhance the quality and durability of tram services," said Bartosz Trzebiatowski, spokesperson for the Municipal Transport Authority. "These improvements will ensure reliable, comfortable, safe, and efficient tram rides."

Jan Gosiewski, director of the Municipal Transport Authority, added, "The renovation plan, prepared in collaboration with MPK Poznań, aims to minimize disruptions for residents and public transport users."

A holiday timetable will be introduced for Poznań's city and suburban lines, reflecting reduced passenger numbers due to the summer break. Trams will run every 15 minutes. Travelers are advised to check schedules before their trips to avoid delays.

Poznań Hotel Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Mercure Poznań Centrum, formerly known as the Merkury Hotel, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Located at the Kaponiera roundabout, the hotel opened in 1964, coinciding with the Poznań International Fair, and quickly became a symbol of post-war recovery in Wielkopolska.

"The hotel's design, inspired by the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, is a prime example of post-war modernism in Poznań," said Agnieszka Kalinowska, Senior Manager Media Relations & PR Poland & Eastern Europe. "In the early 2000s, the hotel joined the Accor Group and underwent extensive renovations while preserving its original features."

Marcin Procajło, director of Mercure Poznań Centrum, noted, "During the Polish People's Republic era, the hotel was one of the few offering Western standards of luxury. Today, Mercure Poznań continues this tradition, hosting cultural, business, and political figures and organizing significant events."

To mark the anniversary, the hotel hosted a jubilee gala in early June and premiered a historical documentary. An exhibition in the lobby and conference space showcases the hotel's history, accompanied by a commemorative book.

Public Swimming Pools Open in Poznań

Poznań's outdoor swimming pools are now open for the summer season. Kasprowicz's summer pool will be operational from noon to 8 p.m. for the first week, extending its hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. after the school year ends on June 22. Morning swim hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) will be available exclusively in the 50-meter pool.

The Chwiałka summer pool will open on June 23, operating from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the season.

Additionally, four Poznań lakes offer outdoor swimming options starting June 15. Prepared beaches at Rusałka, Strzeszyńskie Lake, and Kierskie Lake (the latter featuring two beaches) will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lifeguards will be on duty, with two at each beach and three at Kiekrz.

"Please note the flag color at the bathing area: white indicates swimming is allowed, while red signifies a ban," a spokesperson advised.