If you still haven't gone for a dip in the man-made natural swimming pond in King's Cross, you better book yourself in for a swim, stat. The King's Cross Pond Club was always billed as a temporary installation, but it's now been confirmed that it'll be closing on October 26. The pond officially opened in May last year, and was originally supposed to be open for two years, so naturally, some people are pretty upset about the closure.
A petition has been started to save the pond from closing down, which has already received nearly 1,000 signatures in the first few days. The petition has been started by Imogen Radford, who writes: 'The UK's first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond has become one of London's best-loved amenities, bringing benefits to the area and beyond'.
A statement from the property developer behind the pond, Argent Kings Cross Ltd Partnership, said that the space will now be turned into a park. The company also said that they'll be re-homing the wildlife inhabiting the pond, giving the plants back to the community and recycling as many of the materials used in the project as possible.
Still, we'll be sad to see it go. Make the most of this week's heatwave and go for a dip in the pond while you still can.
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