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New natural swimming pool along the Fraser River proposed by Vancouver Park Board

News, Business, Development, Architecture

New natural swimming pool along the Fraser River proposed by Vancouver Park Board

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Kenneth Chan Jun 19, 2017 3:02 pm 2,602

A new outdoor natural swimming pool first proposed by the Vancouver Park Board last year could be built somewhere along the Fraser River as part of the City-wide ‘VanSplash’ review of renewing and expanding the availability of recreational aquatic facilities.

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Such a natural pool would differ from existing pool technologies used by the municipality as instead of chlorine, it would use plants from an attached basin to treat the water.

It would be similar to Minneapolis’ Webber Natural Swimming Pool, which opened in 2015 at a cost of $7 million and is the first public swimming facility in North America to use plants to maintain a healthy water quality. Over 7,000 plants in an attached adjacent pool filter the swimming area’s waters.

This pond and its plants keep the entire pool clean, naturally and chemical free! 🌾🙌🌾🙌

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Sites along the river, possibly as part of a new ‘destination park’, are being considered for the new natural pool as there are no nearby pools in the area, which is experiencing major population growth due to the new residential developments at River District and around Marine Drive Station.

“The neighbourhoods near the Fraser are historically underserved when it comes to swimming options. This includes safe outdoor swimming opportunities,” said the Park Board in an email to Daily Hive.

“This area is also experiencing increased density, and a pool would be located within a new destination park on the Fraser and would be a part of both the Marpole and Cambie Corridor Plans which are responding to rapid densification of the area.”

No precise site has been identified for the new natural pool, and staff are still working on cost estimates.

Additionally, a harbour deck such as the plan imagined for Coal Harbour by HCMA Architecture + Design last year is also being contemplated, but Park Board staff say further study beyond the current review is needed to determine an appropriate location.

Park Board commissioners are scheduled to discuss the review during tonight’s meeting.

One cool swimming spot to check out in Minneapolis is the Weber Natural Pool. Perfect place for a swim. There’s a diving dock, swim lanes and a separate kiddie pool. . . . . #minneapolis #swim #pool #summer #travelgram #postcard #myunicornlife #swimming

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My first time in he nation’a first “natural” swimming pool. Filtered with plants etc…chlorine free! It’s quite amazing – and you feel totally different once you’re done swimming.

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We swam in an all natural pool today! Here’s the plant pond filter system right next to the pool. #neature #allnatural #pool #minneapolis

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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