During the summer holidays, more than 100,000 Parisians and tourists enjoyed the floating pool set up by Dock Marine in the Bassin de la Villette in Paris.
For the second straight year, Paris was decked out with a floating pool to ensure that, even far from the sea, Parisians still have an opportunity to bask in the sun, while swimming in natural water!
What's new this year?
A second paddling pool made up of SunnyDock floating cubes and a composite wood decking were added to the great delight of the children. This increased the number of visitors to the site by 400 per day.
Save for a few days when the site was closed due to storms, the scorching temperature was enough to ratchet up the swimmers' attendance rate by 65% versus 2017. To celebrate the symbolic threshold of 100,000 swimmers, the organisers even offered a commemorative sweat-shirt to Mouna, the one hundredth "explorer". “This is how we decided to mark the resounding success of a swimming jamboree that largely exceeded our wildest expectations. Only last year when it was launched, we hosted 60,000 visitors," Paris Deputy Mayor for Sports Jean-François Martins, recalled.
Is 2019 the public pools year?
"By responding to the desire to swim and the quest for free recreation among Parisians, public pools in natural water have finally found a following," Jean-François Martins added. Moreover, with the unfortunate climate changes, we now know that more and more people will look for spots like these to cool off".
Any cities ready to jump on the floating pool bandwagon? Talks are ongoing with several Belgian and French cities. Clearly, many a person has been thrilled by our success in Paris.
Source : Guillaume Bontemps / Mairie de Paris