Brussels has recently unveiled its plans for the city to finally have its own open-air swimming pool on the capital’s canal in three years’ time.
With Brussels recovering from this week’s heatwave, peoples’ access to water has again become a political concern.
Meanwhile, the city’s Climate and Sports Councillor, Benoit Hellings said, “Children dived and swam in the canal, which is unsuitable for swimming.”
He added that “it is therefore important that this access to water can be provided in the Brussels Region, in a place that is easily and quickly accessible to those who want to go there.”
The City have decided to build the pool along the Quai des Péniches, located in the heart of Brussels’ Northern Quarter.
The location easily accessible by public transport with the metro lines 2 and 6 and the 51 tram running nearby, while also being in close proximity to Gare du Nord.
The pool is expected to 355 metres long and 13 metres wide, which equates to 7 Olympic pools put together. With a daily capacity of 2,400 people per day and 480 visitors at a time.
For ecological purposes, the pool will be equipped with a natural filtration system upstream and downstream of the swimming area.
In terms of who will run it, Hellings stated that the City should consider who would administer the pool from the outset.
Therefore, they have opted to delegate this responsibility to Les Bains de Bruxelles, which currently manages three municipal swimming pools at reasonable prices, which was a key consideration for city planners.
Construction is expected to cost €11.5 million with operating costs standing at €500,000.
The City Councillor wants the planning clearance secured by 2023 so that the pool can open in 2026.