Projet Montréal wants floating pool for Old Port

(l to r:) Projet Montréal councillors Marianne Giguère, Sylvain Ouellet, Marc-André Gadoury and Richard Bergeron
PHOTO: PATRICK LEJTENYI

Projet Montréal is introducing another idea that would get people down to the Old Port and into the river.

At a press conference this morning, party leader Richard Bergeron says he thinks a floating pool would be an immediate hit with Montrealers.

He cites similar projects in Copenhagen, Berlin and Sydney as successful precedents.

The pool would have a mesh bottom of variable depth and would be supervised, making it safe for children.

And he says Montrealers need not worry about the quality of water in the Old Port.

"The water surrounding the island of Montreal is very good," he says. "One of the reasons in the Lachine rapids, which oxygenates the water."

He will introduce the motion at city council next month.

"I think all the members will be unanimous in their support for this idea," he says. "And if things go the way I think they will go, it should open in June 2015."

He says it would costs less than a million dollars - a fraction of the cost of building a brand new pool.

The exact location of the pool remains to be determined.

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  1. Joe De Rome posted on 07/24/2014 03:29 PM
    This is a joke right? Its a news article made to look real, but its a joke......right?
  2. Grace posted on 07/25/2014 11:37 AM
    I can accept that the river is cleaner than people think, but there is no way in Hell I'd go into the water near the Old Port solely because of the container ships that go through there constantly. I work near the seaway and there is always oil and other fluids floating on the service behind such ships. I'm sorry, but I would not swim in an area where there is heavy boat traffic like this.
  3. Richard posted on 07/25/2014 01:10 PM
    And where will the money come from? Our pockets and hey just for fun they can cut workers pensions to pay for it
  4. ssm posted on 08/06/2014 04:54 PM
    All the pitchers of drinking water at city council meetings should be filled directly from the St. Laurent River at the Old Port location of the proposed pool. Let's see which politicians drink that water exclusively. When kids (and adults too) swim, they are bound to ingest water. If the politicians think that it is clean enough, let them give up their tap water or bottled water and see what happens.
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