© Mairie de Paris - Cabinet d'architecte Patrick Charoin - Marina Donda
The free bathing pool zone project in Bassin de La Villette has been confirmed by the town hall authorities of Paris. The bathing pool zone will be ready for use in summer 2017 during the summer festival Paris Plages.
The bathing pool will be open everyday (except the 15th of August) from mid-July (and maybe earlier from mid-June in 2018) to mid-September (11 am to 9 pm) thus enhancing activities at the Paris Plages Bassin de La Villette.
This supervised bathing zone measuring 90 meters long and 16 meters wide will feature three pools of different sizes and depths all connected together and will be located at Quai de Loire downstream from the footbridge ‘Passerelle de la Moselle.
Water in Canal de l'Ourcq has been under close surveillance for several years and now presents a good bacteriological quality to allow for swimming. The quality control survey station in Pantin gives regular information about the quality of the water and Canal de l’Ourcq. This quality control will be maintained and swimming will be banned in case of any abnormalities found.
This swimming project in Paris generated from a strong increasing demand by Parisians and visitors. Several spontaneous events (despite the bathing prohibition) and other events such as the race La Fluctuat, or Paris A La Nage took place in summer 2016. It was for safety issues and to answer to the high demand of safe swimming in Paris that the project was launched.
Another swimming project will be proposed at lac Daumesnil in the heart of Bois de Vincennes for 2019. These projects are part of the Parisian swimming plan "Nager ŕ Paris". Other Parisian bathing zones should surely emerge in the coming years. Maybe it will be possible to swim in the Seine River by 2024!