How about a swim in Waterfront's canals? New Battery Park celebrates with family fun day

2018-10-05 18:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Canal in a city with skyscrapers in the background

Ever wanted to take a swim through V&A Waterfront's canals? Well Waterfront Rotary Club is now giving you the chance to participate in a mile and half-mile timed swim on 13 October.

The event will take place at the newly built Battery Park in Canal District, accompanied by a day full of family activities to help get you cracking on your summer tan.

PICS: The Waterfront's new Canal District aims to reconnect the city and the sea

Theodore Yach, well-known open water swimmer who has just completed his 108th Robben Island crossing, is one of the ambassadors supporting the swim.

“The Waterfront Rotary Canal Swim is an event for the whole family in a beautiful, unique, and safe environment.”

Michelle Weber, another ambassador and Olympic marathon-contender, shared similar sentiments.

"My favourite thing about open water events is that it’s such fun for families to come together and enjoy the racing, food vendors, and atmosphere."

This is the first time this kind of race is being held in these waters, and is part of the Waterfront's Oceans Life Festival.

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But the escapades won't stop with a dip in the canal. In the afternoon all the companies from the V&A precinct will pit their design skills against each other in an 'Anything that Floats' event, sure to get the crowd laughing and in a good mood. Food vendors and entertainment for the whole family will be milling on the sidelines.

The funds from the events will be used to uplift local communities as well as raise awareness around pollution in our oceans and on our beaches.

Man and woman in swim costumes next to a canal

Theodore Yach and Michelle Weber. Photo: Waterfront Rotary Club

For more information and how to enter, check out here.

The new Canal District

In case you haven't heard, the Canal District is the V&A Waterfront's newest addition to their precincts, designed to accommodate the city's growing pedestrian traffic and as a multi-use space that is the first point of contact for those visiting the Waterfront area. 

The aim of Battery Park, a big part of the district and totalling an investment of R300 million, is to "reestablish the connection between the city and the sea," according to V&A Waterfront CEO David Green.

The park will also retain some of the city's heritage in its architecture. It was once a strategic vantage point for the Amsterdam Battery, constructed in 1784 and partially dismantled to make way for the construction of the harbour we know today in 1905. You'll still be able to see parts of its old wall that was excavated and two ancient cannons that were in storage up at Signal Hill.

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Red boat in canal

Canal District. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

View from battery park over canal

Canal District. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

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