Due to unexpected bureaucratic twists, Krakow will be able to enjoy its long-awaited beach on the Wisla River only after the summer season. The development project, financed by SAO Beach Investments, has been temporarily put on hold because of a series of obstacles that has yet to be settled, namely water rights, building permission and an infrastructure warrant.
Complications also arose with the owner of the Forum Hotel, who filed a planning protest and later withdrew it after talks with the city and investors. As a result, the situation had to be carried over to the Public Board of Complaint and is expected to last at least a month. Despite the delays, Filip Adamczyk from SAO Investment remains optimistic and says he promises that construction will begin as soon as the administrative hitch is resolved.
In addition to a beach along the riverfront, plans call for a full recreational centre – a cafe, restaurant, music club, an open-air cinema and sports facilities such as a skate park, a rock-climbing wall and basketball courts.
However, if bureaucracy has its way, it seems the beach may just be ready in time to accommodate the swans and ducks this winter.