Draft plan 2022-2030 for the development of conditions for sports in Jyväskylä, the Capital of Sport 14 April 2021 (pdf, in Finnish)
Anna-Leena Sahindal, Sports Director, City of Jyväskylä, tel. 050 324 9314
Eino Leisimo, Director of Education, Culture and Sports, City of Jyväskylä, tel. 050 584 8987
The plan will be discussed by the sports board in June. If the board approves of the plan as a basis for the long-term development of the conditions, discussions on the first investments included in the plan could start in the context of the preparations of next year's budget.
Conditions for both top sports and Finland's most active residents
Excerpts from the planned construction projects included in the program:
- a multi-purpose Finnish baseball stadium on Hippos (construction starts in 2021 and will be completed in 2022)
- a full-scale football hall with modern testing and research equipment (proposed construction period 2022-2023)
- renovation of the nearly 100-year-old Harju Stadium (works preliminarily proposed for 2024-2025)
- renovations of swimming pools and several sports halls
- Finland's first covered large artificial ice rink
In line with the Capital of Sports strategy, the program also includes several outdoor sports locations:
- Laajavuori year-round ski trails and major improvements in the hill centre and the competition slope
- development of outdoor and hiking areas
- increase in the number of sports parks and artificial turfs and improvement of the conditions of artificial ice rinks (in the plan implementations in stages between 2022 and 2027)
- the development of some sports parks into versatile TAITO sports parks, where the park itself motivates you to move, challenge your motor skills and raise your heart rate
- the largest outdoor gym in Finland with outdoor fitness equipment will be built on the townspeople's own jogging and outdoor route Rantaraitti circling the Jyväsjärvi lake (construction is underway and the project is planned to be completed by 2023)
- street basketball players will get new courts (planned for 2024-2025)
- Maastis mountain bike terrain (construction in progress and scheduled for completion in 2023)
The development program is also designed to reduce the maintenance backlog
Although the program contains many new openings for Finland, the development of conditions starts in many cases from the renewal and basic improvements of the sports infrastructure built during the 1970s and 1990s.
If implemented in full, the total cost of the development program could be on average about 4 million euros annually for sports services and about 40 million euros for the entire program period. Taking into account Tilapalvelu's investments, the total would be approximately EUR 100 million. With good planning, several million euros of government funding would probably also be available for the projects.
Decisions on sports investments are made by the Culture and Sports Board, the investments in facilities will be decided by Tilapalvelu and if necessary, they will also be brought for decision-making in the city executive and council.