When blogging about outdoor pools in Helsinki I should have included Pirkkolan plotti. It’s an artificially made pool in Pirkkola sports park with sand on the bottom, and it’s a perfect place to swim for small children. There is an option for sun and shade most of the day, the option of a sandy beach and a lawn, playground or pond, and either swimming in at most 1 m deep water or playing on the shallow beach. In the deeper end there is a water slide and in shallow water there is a sprinkler to amuse children. As a mum of two small children, who always seem to want to do different things, I also like the fact that I can have an overview of most of the place at any one time.
As for facilities, there is a descent sized changing room, toilets with changing tables for babies and a kiosk with not so friendly prices. Also, during the school holidays life guards are there to back you up in making sure nothing nasty happens 10am-6pm. However, nobody is there to babysit children, they are the responsibility of the parents.