WOULD you take a dip in Cambridge’s famous outdoor lido during the autumn and winter months?
That is one of the questions Cambridge City Council is asking in a consultation that is running until 29 August.
Jesus Green Lido is a 100-yard-long unheated outdoor swimming pool that currently opens on a seasonal basis and supports outdoor swimming in a safe and controlled environment.
Outdoor swimming has a recognised beneficial impact on wellbeing and mental health, and participation has increased in recent years and accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic.
As the lido is due to close for the winter on Sunday 12 September the council and its contractor, GLL, are exploring proposals to extend its opening times over the winter.
The consultation invites people to say whether they would use the lido in the winter and asks for views on a number of related matters. This will help the council to assess support and views on how any changes may work.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce this consultation. Outdoor swimming at the lido is always popular and we know that it’s great for both physical and mental health.
“Given these major health benefits, and the popularity of this fantastic pool I was delighted when GLL suggested in April that they were interested in opening the pool over the winter, and I know that both they and officers have done a lot of feasibility work to get us to this stage.
“So now, we want to hear from you. If you think you would be interested in taking an autumn or winter dip then please do complete our short consultation so that we can look in detail at the options.”
The council will consider all responses to the consultation before outlining final arrangements for winter operation. A review of the pilot and proposals for winter opening from 2022 onwards will then be presented in a report to the Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee next year.
For information about Jesus Green lido visit https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/jesus-green-lido