Isn´t it too huge for the campus site?
The total size of the site used for the second phase of the project is 11.079 m2. The building with two ice stadiums has 4.270 m2 which is 38% of the whole site. The second phase will be started immediately after finishing the complete revitalisation and rebuilding open air sport grounds and building the new running track with the long jump sector. That first phase mostly copies the status quo and almost no more space for any building activity is required. This project is the fifth one Ice sports facility planned for this campus but this one is not linked with anybody from the past, is environmentally friendly and fully focused on kids.
What is the spectators capacity and what is the maximum capacity of the venue?
We expect reaching of the maximum capacity at the public skating events. Our estimate based on information from other ice stadiums is roughly 250 people. More than half of them will be school kids, parents and people living at the walking distance. No special transportation arrangements are needed. Number of spectators at the skating ice rink is limited to 92. Club/restaurant at the curling rink has the capacity of 150 people. It is very unlikely that the both maximum capacities will be reached at the same time.
What influence on actual heavy traffic at the area Opatovská – Ke Kateřinkám will result from the building process and the facility running later on?
The visitors will achieve the ALS by several options:
- Walk (pupils, students, teachers, local people)
- Bike (kids, students, inhabitants from neighbourhood)
- Public transport (pupils, people interested in sport from the wider surroundings)
- Car (undefined group of people)
The visitors estimate total number per day (16 hour operating) is 1.280 which is 80 people average per hour. That means increase 13 – 15 cars per hour (TSK statistics). ALS will do corrections regarding morning opening hours and practice sessions time to move the number of the cars out of the peak hours. Together with morning time special offers the investor creates the situation when the increase of the cars during the sensitive time is close to zero. The big majority of the athletes sporting at ALS at that time will be students and pupils already present at the school. Moreover the investor decided to invest money to the so called “quiet asphalt” which is significant action against the noise. The result of that decreases the level of the noise under the current level.
How many parking spaces will be built within the ALS and will it be enough?
The plan is to create 67 new parking spaces. According to the actual guidelines, so called OTP, would be the right number of new spaces 57 but investor decided to make 10 more to avoid the local people worry that ALS visitors will be using the residents’ parking spaces. The result is a good compromise between the desired parking capacity and the care for the trees, bushes and grass, simply environment in general. Comparison between ALS and the similar facilities in Prague says that the presented number of parking spaces will cover the everyday need with a sensible reserve.
How about handicapped?
The whole ALS is a barrier-free facility. There are four parking spaces ready for disabled drivers situated at the shortest distance from the entrance. So even in case of a very bad weather disabled could come to ALS with no problem. More spaces for handicapped can be reserved if needed.
What are the opening hours? Are you expecting the night peace interference?
Opening hours are planned 7,00 – 23,00. It is almost a copy of the operating hours at the similar facilities which makes easy logistics for the staff and visitors transportation, security, energy consumption etc. It also means that the risk of night peace interference is very low.
Are you planning to use the private bus transportation and bicycles?
Yes. The whole ALS is suitable for buses in spite of the fact that the long-term bus parking will be not allowed within the facility. The exceptions might be for example arrival/departure of the school kids travelling to the summer or winter camp, and so on. Bus long-term parking spaces are pre-booked at the Prague 11 special parking fields (Plickova, K Horkam). The new entrance for bicycles will be open at the Southern side of the ALS. The new entrance will be fully equipped by the safety elements according to the valid traffic guidelines.
Do you expect dramatic tree felling? What is the influence of the ALS project on the environment?
The total influence of the project on the environment is described in the EIA material (Project announcement about the environment effect). All the studies, reports, statistics data and numbers prove that the effect is close to zero or even zero. Cutting two trees and four bushes of average or low quality down is planned for the first phase of the building process. Thirteen new trees of the highest quality will be planted at the same time there. Nineteen trees and two bushes of a low quality is proposed to fell down in the second phase of the realisation process. This will be compensated by eight high quality trees of the same or more valuable species. Some old trees are even now in a very bad shape and no matter what happens but they have to be cut down anyway because of their diseases (putrefaction, cant, hollow base, and so on). All the newly planted trees are of much better quality and will also improve the landscape factor.
What will be the structure of the ALS attenders? What level of the sport activity is the ALS facility focused on?
The ALS business is targeted on the sport of youth and it is determined by the facility location at the school site. Sport academies of ice hockey, skating and curling together with an ALS sport programme offer under supervision of authorities like MŠMT, FTVS, ČUS, MHMP will be the backbone of the operations. Recreational sport (skating basics, public skating, ice hockey students’ league, curling for beginners) as well as competitive sport like junior ice hockey league for schools, figure skating competitions for lower age groups or curling competitions will be organised at the ALS facility. Quite a part of the operating hours will be open to the public especially for the local people to become a member of the sports-on-ice family (skating for seniors, skating for parents and kids, etc.).
What is going to be the restaurant mode?
It is necessary to stress that the regime of the club/restaurant operations is a submodule of the interests and needs of the facility-goers, specifically young people and kids. Restaurant menu is a sport-life orientated. Opening hours are the same within the whole facility including the club. All the space is barrier-free, non-smoking, children friendly and a quite zone is a part of it. Sport activity and the training process consists from preparation part like warm up, training session, regeneration, relaxation and rest with refreshments and drinks. That is a complete number of segments the sport activity is matched of.
What are the benefits for the school?
The whole ALS concept is based on school kids needs. Year rent for the ground payed by the AR delta is one of the significant benefits for the Prague 11 City Council. The total amount is 12 million crowns for the whole period of time. Investor offers one hour daily for free to the school pupils at the allocated time. The value of that is roughly a half a million crowns per year. The Elementary School Ke Kateřinkám also profits from the open-air sport grounds revitalisation. Thanks to the AR delta investment they will be using modern and top quality sport facility on regular basis within a walking distance where the school kids could evolve their talent. ALS facility can be used also as a base for summer camps and hobby groups organized by school or by private subjects. There will be more than 900 pupils at the ES Ke Kateřinkám, roughly 300 students at the Evolution High School and about 180 kids in Kindergarten Jažlovická. AR delta made a questionnaire and results are quite clear. A big majority of the students, parents and teachers are interested in programmes organized by ALS. The investor guarantees that their need and demands will be fulfilled at the maximum size. This claim is proved by the investment to the linking path between the school and ALS that makes all the kids movement more save and comfortable.