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Montreal waterfront plan to feature floating baths in Old Port

03/20/2015 12:44 EDT | Updated 05/20/2015 05:59 EDT
Mayor Denis Coderre has unveiled the city’s waterfront plan, which includes Copenhagen-inspired floating baths, or harbour baths, in the Old Port.

The baths, one of the highlights of Montreal’s waterfront plan, are harbourfront features in other major international cities including Copenhagen, New York, Berlin and London.

They’re basically urban swimming holes or pools, typically enclosed by a wooden platform.

Montreal's baths will also include water games and a promenade.

Right now, the top choice for location is at the Old Port's Clock Tower beach.

Coderre unveiled several other programs as a part of Montreal's waterfront plan, including:

- New beaches in Verdun and Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles.

- A program aimed at improving access to the Rivière des Prairies.

- A program to help support local initiatives aimed at outdoor activities.

- Renaturalization of the rivers, collection of runoff and focus on green infrastructure.

The work is expected to be completed by 2017 for the city’s 375th anniversary.

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