In a previous blog post, we talked about natural swimming pools, the new pool trend sweeping the nation that uses aquatic plants and biological filtration equipment to keep pools clean and sanitized instead of traditional pool chemicals. While this international trend is taking off at private residences in the U.S., our nation will soon see its first natural public swimming pool.
The natural pool is slated to be built in Minneapolis as part of a major renovation for Webber Park to improve recreational opportunities in the city, according to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB). The innovative pool will feature a natural water filtration system and will be available to the general public. So while the public pool will have the look of a normal pool, it will have the “feel” of a lake.
Details about the Natural Pool
When complete, locals will be able to enjoy a 4,500-square-foot wading area, 16,800-square-foot swimming area, a lap pool with five lanes and even an area for diving, with a depth of about 13 feet, according to MPRB. While the pool was originally scheduled to be completed late this summer, the pool has unfortunately experienced construction delays that will push its opening to next June, KARE 11 reported.
Design and consulting work for the natural public pool was provided by German firm BioNova Natural Pools and Landform. The new pool will replace an aging concrete pool and wading pool and offer triple the recreation space without any of the chlorine you would typically expect in a public pool.
Because of the special nature of the pool, the MPRB had to get special approval by the Minnesota state legislature to build the pool and regulate it as a public bathing beach, which will be routinely monitored for E. coli, Pool & Spa News reported in December 2012, when planning for the pool had begun in earnest.
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(Photo from BioNova’s public natural swimming pools in Scandinavia and Europe via MinneapolisParks.org)