There are two swimming pools at La Pedrera; the original one is by the barbecue area, the new one is at Camping La Pedrera. The contrast between the two could not be more striking.
The original outdoor pool at La Pedrera used to be a popular place for young people from the town. The restaurant next to it served refreshments and even at times meals. At one point, they held fortnightly salsa dances up there which seemed to be popular as well.
It is now in a very sorry state, weeds are growing between the paving slabs, the water is green, the toilets are in a terrible state and the purification system is broken. There are heaps of rubble, large bags of prunings and the signs for the restaurant are broken. It is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.
The opposition parties in the town complained that the mayor had taken three years to sort out a contract that would maintain the area. After a series of meetings during June of 2014, a contractor was finally appointed. Loespama Mediterranean promised to invest money and make the place good for the summer but that has not happened.
With San Isidro later this month, the matter has become urgent. Whether it will be ready in time is hard to say, there is a lot of work to be done.