Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has established an ultra modern world class swimming pool, the first of its kind to be set up in the country by a University.
There are only two such similar international sporting facilities in the county; one at Moi Kasarani International Sports Complex and another one at Nyayo National Stadium.
While receiving the certificate of completion from the Contractor Mr. Charles Njui of Ciem Ventures Limited and the Project Architect Samuel Kigondu, the JKUAT Vice Chancellor Mabel Imbuga acknowledged the quality of work and design that went into the construction.
Prof. Imbuga further said, the world class swimming facility was ready for use and “a welcome addition to the university’s infrastructural development aimed at providing enhanced quality sporting and recreational facilities not only to the university staff and students, but also the community and the country at large.”
The newly constructed swimming pool measures 25m X 50m with the shallow end at 1200mm leading to a deep end at 2400mm. Both the shallow and the deep ends are at level for a width of 17 meters, while the in-between space slopes from the shallow to the deep side for a length of 16 meters.
The pool contains a total volume of approximately 2,500,000 litres [2,500 m 3] of water. And it also has a children’s pool to facilitate for swimming lessons and recreational needs for young children.
The size of the pool is based on the guidelines for Olympic Games standards for athletics and competitive swimming.
The facilities have been designed to cater for a maximum of 8 athletes in various races in international swimming competitions within a total of 10 lanes.
According to the swimming pool life guards and attendants, the main pool has during the peak seasons been able to cater for up to 1200 people in a day, with 500-600 in the morning session and a similar number in the afternoon.
The pool consists of among others: a plant and equipment room, changing rooms and pump room, pool side sheds/ tents/ umbrellas, a canteen, offices and an enhanced boundary wall with security fencing.
Set on a serene environment with lush vegetation and well maintained trees that give the swimming pool an enviable ambience to the patrons, the facility also has audience terraces.
The handing over ceremony was graced by among others: Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance Prof. Otoki Moirongo; Deputy Vice Chancelor in charge of Research, Production and Extension Prof. Esther Kahangi; Director of University Projects Mr. Muchai Mbugua; Director of Sports Mr. Moses Ondeng’ and Head of Estates Department Ms. Hellen Karu and the project design consultants.