A floating pontoon has been installed off Tinside for swimmers as part of a pilot to see how used it is
Plymouth’s wild swimmers will be able to use a swimming pontoon as the town begins to make waves as the UK’s first national marine park.
The floating pontoon was installed this week as part of a pilot project to see how much it is being used.
Cattewater Harbor Commissioners towed the pontoon to its new home off Tinside before it was secured to the seabed.
The pontoon is the latest in a series of new facilities that have emerged along the waterfront thanks to a grant worth £ 625,000 from the Getting Building Fund.
New defibrillators have been installed along the waterfront and companies have offered training. The package also helped fund the digital infrastructure to host the epic SailGP event, which saw thousands of people enjoying Plymouth at its best.
Plymouth City Council Chief Nick Kelly said:
“Right after receiving funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create the first National Marine Park, we are proactive in encouraging more people to enjoy the Strait in the safest way possible.
“By reintroducing the popular bathing pontoon, we are demonstrating that we have listened to people’s requests and it is a practical step that will help people feel more secure while undertaking activities at sea. It will be located offshore. ‘a popular swimming beach and is ideal for swimmers to rest if they are tired or suffering from cramps.
“The pontoon is going to be in place for eight weeks over the summer season to see how much it’s used and to monitor any issues, with plans to install larger, more permanent platforms next year.”
Nick Kelly – Head of Plymouth City Council
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership has received funding from the Government Construction Fund to invest in major infrastructure projects to support economic growth throughout the city.
About the national marine park
Last month, the city learned that Plymouth Sound, home to the UK’s first national marine park, had received £ 9.5million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to make its vision for a marine park a reality.
The success of the Heritage Horizon Awards bid means the city can pursue its vision to help reconnect with the sea, the marine environment and its history.
In addition to the physical improvements to the main gateways to the park, there will be a city-wide community engagement program designed to bring all Plymothians in, over, under and beside water and develop new “green” marine employment opportunities.