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Name of the case study
Harbour bathing in Copenhagen

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What type of activity is it?
Recreational use of the harbour

Short description of the case study
The bathing area in the inner harbour of Copenhagen opened in the summer of 2002 and has been one of the main environmental efforts in Copenhagen, since it is very visible and is a tangible environmental result that makes environmental investments and progress understandable to many. Massive investments have been made in the detention basins, to make the harbour water cleaner and give the harbour recreational values. There were no expectations that people would actually swim in the harbour, and no plans for establishing bathing facilities. However, users of the harbour were advocating the allowing of swimming in the harbour, which convinced the Mayor of Environment in Copenhagen of the potential of opening the harbour for bathing. This was made possible by establishing an alarm system, based on simulation tools (MIKE and MOUSE) on water flows in the harbour, warning guests about coming overflows, and being able to predict when the water is clean enough for bathing again.

The first harbour bath at Islands Brygge from 2001
The first harbour bath at Islands Brygge from 2001

The first bathing place was established in 2002 (at Islands Brygge), and became a massive success. Due to this, politicians in the city council were soon promising more bathing sites to the citizens. This was however not so easy, as many different conditions had to be taken into account when finding a suitable site. In 2003, another bathing place was opened (Copencabana), and at the moment a third place is being planned.

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