People could be taking a dip in a new pool in Melbourne’s Yarra River by the summer of 2019.
The proposal for a floating swimming pool along the Yarra river bank was released by not-for-profit group Yarra Swim Co over the weekend to coincide with the opening of Australia’s exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool.
The organisation is pushing for a “cleaner, swimmable Yarra River” with president Matt Stewart saying that its “vision is to have Melbournians talk about our river differently. To be proud of the Yarra, and to see it as an active place of nature, recreation and play.”
London architecture group Studio Octopi released a concept image showing a 25-metre lap pool along with a small pool for children on a floating pontoon.
Stewart says that Yarra Swim Co is currently in talks with local and state government stakeholders and that the Yarra could get a permanent pool by the summer of 2019/20 if all goes to plan.
They hope the pool will revitalise the lower part of the 242km river which has been been heavily polluted in recent years.
“Often we’ve turned our back on the waterway, seen it is permanently polluted and murky. But through projects such as this, Ponyfish Island, The Arbory, and through the ongoing work done by Melbourne Water, the City of Melbourne and others, we have an opportunity to create spaces by the river, on the river, and in the river, that people can enjoy and celebrate,” says Stewart.
Here’s a look at the Yarra River now:
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