A New Fresh Water Swimming Pond For London?
Building on the momentum and interest created by the Save King’s Cross Pond Campaign, a new discussion group has been created for anyone interested in establishing a new freshwater pond in Camden or elsewhere in London.
“The unique King’s Cross swimming pond clearly met a need and a desire for somewhere to swim outdoors in natural fresh water, in a central location with good transport links. It was used and valued by people of all ages and backgrounds, by locals and visitors,” says Imogen Radford.
The Save Kings Cross Campaign achieved an amazing amount of support (over 5,000 petition signatures and a splashmob!), and although the closure has gone ahead, Camden Council have made positive noises about supporting a future request for a similar pond in the borough elsewhere in the future.
The group will be part of the growing open water renaissance in the capital, which includes projects such as Thames Baths; and Peckham Lido and more broadly across the UK.
The group aims to learn from these other projects and hopes to evolve into a campaign to find possible locations and look into suitability, transport links, political and community support, and then move into fundraising and possibly community management.
How to join the group:
Go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/seek-new-swim-pond and ask to join (with a Google account, or if willing to set one up).
Send a blank message to: firstname.lastname@example.org (without needing a Google account).