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City are looking for extra place to in the open air, to swim: Old Docks or port are possible conditions on the slopes
Ghent The Ghent city council wants this legislature work to create a new location to its citizens the opportunity to give open-air swimming. Possible approaches include: the port or the Old Docks. “First of all, still needs to be examined as to how an optimal water quality can be guaranteed”, says the cabinet of ships of the Sport, and Sofie Bracke (Open Vld).

Swimming in the open air is popular. On warm days, it is all over the headlines walk to the front of the blaarmeersen. Even in the winter car a number of brave polar bears on the annual bibberduik. The Ghent city council, that this legislature wants to invest in easily accessible sports infrastructure in the public space, see salvation in a new, additional location for open air swimming.

The displayed in addition to the example of the Danish capital Copenhagen. The city has, for example, a ‘havenbad’ where you can swim. A popular hotspot among the local inhabitants and tourists. Any problem: in Copenhagen the water is of sufficient quality to be able to swim. In Ghent, this is not the case.

“The main obstacle to swimming in the port of Ghent is the quality of the water. That still needs to be further explored”, says the spokesperson of ships of the Sport, and Sofie Bracke (Open Vld). “The Old Docks forms one of the slopes which are thought to swim in the open air as possible.”


Closer to home, there are other alternatives that openluchtzwemmen. Until a few years ago were the inhabitants of antwerp to go for a swim in the ‘Badboot’ at the Kattendijkdok. The ship with outdoor swimming pool, sank however in 2016. “As much as Badboot is the quality of the port in the water is no longer an obstacle”, punctual to the office of Bracke.

Even in our country, there is the Brussels initiative ‘Pool is cool’. The organization is working towards the introduction of openluchtzwemmen in the capital and has already organized a number of ‘guerrilla actions’ with temporary zweminstallaties to the potential of openluchtzwemmen in the spotlight. Also that can serve as an example for the Ghent dream. “The events every time a lot of people on the bone”, sounds at the ships of the sport.

for now the people of ghent was just designated on the front of the blaarmeersen, but this summer they can on their inflatable mattress equally dreams of ronddobberen in the port. “Though we will of course always guarantee that the openluchtzwemmen the regular activities does not interfere”, decision of the office of Bracke.

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