Ljubljana, the City of Sport
In Ljubljana, we have diversified and high-quality sports available in the urban environment, in nature and in sports facilities owned by the City of Ljubljana or facilities built in public-private partnership. We encourage citizens to participate in regular sporting practice and we are glad that the share of active people in Ljubljana, doing sport at least once a week, exceeds 67 percent, which means that we are above both the Slovenian and the European average.
Among the most popular recreational open air areas is the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship which offers many recreational opportunities in the embrace of nature, from walking, running and cycling, to practicing on the trim islands alongside it.
To this, there are new recreational and green areas which, in the last 10 years, have been extended by 329,500 m2. This represents more than one square metre per inhabitant of new outdoor area for sport and recreation.
The Municipality also co-finances various sporting programs and provides free sporting facilities for 150 sports establishments every year for annual sporting programs.
Since 2007, the Municipality has allocated EUR 256m for sport from the budget of the City of Ljubljana, of which EUR 86m is for sporting programs carried out mainly by sporting clubs and which, on average, amounts to EUR 8.5m per year.
Mobile App LJšport for Sport and Recreation
At the start of the European Week of Sport, the City of Ljubljana presented the mobile app, Ljubljana Šport, that gathers in one place all of the recreational sporting events and activities that are taking place in Ljubljana. The main purpose of the app is to further motivate and stimulate the activity of the people of Ljubljana and to connect them. In addition to the full calendar of sporting events, the app also allows control of an individual's own training.
Energy-refurbished Tivoli Swimming Pool
Within the framework of the European Week of Sport, the Municipality opened the energy-renewed Tivoli swimming pool complex which stands in the middle of the largest city park - Tivoli Park.
The swimming pool was built in 1975 and since then it has been partially renovated several times, now the complex has been completely energy-refurbished.
The renovation was carried out in the framework of a public-private partnership between the City of Ljubljana and a consortium of Petrol and Resalta. It included works on the building envelope, the replacement of facades, metal structures and glass, and the replacement of all climates, heat stations and lighting.
The investment value was almost EUR 1m.
New trim islands for recreation by all generations
In the framework of European Sports Week, the Municipality also opened new islands of sport with street training devices at different locations in Ljubljana: Zajčeva Dobrava, Kozarje, Vižmarje - Brod and the Sava settlement. Also completed were the trim island in Gameljne and a new trim track was opened in Črnuče.
The installation of three islands is part of the project, Islands of Sport for All, in which the plan is to set up at least two islands of sport in each quarter of the community. Last year, 11 trim islands and three trim tracks were arranged and to these were added three islands and a trim track.