Swimming in the floating harbour
I would like to propose that a suitable area of the floating harbour is set aside for use for swimming in the city centre. At present there is nowhere outdoors where the people of Bristol can swim in the city centre.
I am aware that there may be several concerns about this:
1) the quality of the water in the floating harbour - I think this should be addressed by Bristol City Council, using Copenhagen as an example: http://denmark.dk/en/green-living/copenhagen/swimming-in-copenhagen-harbour/ As well as improving the city centre environment for the people of Bristol, it will help to attract tourists and encourage more wildlife into the area. More information on water quality in the harbour can be found at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/environment/harbour-and-rivers-water-quality
2) interference with boats on the harbour - A simple floating structure, similar to that in the Copenhagen example, could be constructed to ensure that swimmers were kept away from boats.
3) the cost of setting up and running a facility of this kind - Depending on the scale of the structure used, I believe that Crowd funding could be used to help fund the development and construction of the initial infrastructure. Grant applications and sponsor packages with relevant local companies could also be explored.
4) safety issues - A small fee and even annual membership could be sought from people who want to swim in the harbour to help maintain the structure and provide lifeguard facilities when it was open. The membership model works well at the Henleaze Swimming Lake, where there is a three year waiting list for full membership!
Why the contribution is important
This idea is very important to me as I believe that it will provide a facility that the people of Bristol will be proud of and that they want to use as it will increase their wellbeing and fitness as well as encouraging tourists to the city.
The harbour is one of the best features of the city and could be utilised much better to become a lively and vibrant place and act as a focal point for all of Bristol.
The scheme would also improve the surrounding environment and could help encourage more wildlife to the area.
I think that as part of the European Green Capital project we should aspire to have levels of water quality on a par with other leading European cities, including Copenhagen and Stockholm.
by user223219 on December 17, 2013 at 01:24PM