The Liverpool Echo reports: A plan to create a stunning outdoor city swimming pool could still go ahead – despite Liverpool missing out on the Commonwealth Games. But the public facility may not be built in the city centre docks as was previously suggested.
As part of the city’s ambitious bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, plans were put forward to create a huge 5,000-seat swimming arena in one of the docks near the Albert Dock. The idea was that the pool and surrounding deck would float in the dock while stands and a roof would be built above it. Spectators would have stunning views over Mann Island and the Pier Head.
If the games bid had been successful, the venue would have hosted the swimming events – before the stands would be removed and the pool would open to the public as a city centre “lido.” But speaking at today’s council cabinet meeting, Mayor Joe Anderson said the failed games bid does not mean that the pool plan will not go ahead. “We have talked in the office about the lido and whether we still have that out there in the Docks or whether we have it at the Garden Festival site – we will look at doing something.”