The initiative, created by an organization called Pool Is Cool, is dedicated to providing the residents of Brussels, Belgium with public swimming spaces

To promote public swimming spaces for residents in landlocked Brussels, Belgium, a group of locals and experts banded together to create an organization called Pool Is Cool. While the group hasn't developed a permanent swimming area yet, it found success creating pop-up pools throughout the city that pull from existing water resources to provide refreshment and recreation.

For example, once the water was tested and deemed safe, the organization hosted a public “dive-in” at a canal—where swimming is prohibited. Pool Is Cool's guerilla events aim not only to raise awareness of the need for swimming spaces in the city and build a stronger sense of community, but also to call attention to the issue of pollution in Belgian waterways. As locals begin to make use of the city’s lakes, streams and canals as public swimming areas, officials in Brussels will likely be forced to address the cleanliness and safety of the water.

Pool Is Cool

To promote public swimming spaces for residents in landlocked Brussels, Belgium, a group of locals and experts banded together to create an organization called Pool Is Cool. While the group hasn't developed a permanent swimming area yet, it found success creating pop-up pools throughout the city that pull from existing water resources to provide refreshment and recreation.

For example, once the water was tested and deemed safe, the organization hosted a public “dive-in” at a canal—where swimming is prohibited. Pool Is Cool's guerilla events aim not only to raise awareness of the need for swimming spaces in the city and build a stronger sense of community, but also to call attention to the issue of pollution in Belgian waterways. As locals begin to make use of the city’s lakes, streams and canals as public swimming areas, officials in Brussels will likely be forced to address the cleanliness and safety of the water.