'Jump in' campaign wants to see urban swimming in Halifax Harbour

The city of Halifax has two public beaches along its waterfront, but hardly anyone uses them.

Almost 10 years after the city spent millions to clean up the infamously polluted water, the beaches attract so few swimmers that the city decided this year not to post any lifeguards.

Anika Riopel says the problem is that Haligonians won't let go of their ugly memories of what the harbour used to be like.

The 28-year-old Dalhousie University student is determined to change that with a campaign called ``Jump In.''

Her plan is to get the city to cordon off a small section of the waterfront to create an urban swimming hole, complete with diving platform, raft, and of course, lifeguards.

Deborah Page, spokeswoman for the provincial Waterfront Development agency, says the Crown corporation is excited about the plan.

Page says an extensive round of consultations will be needed to ensure safety.

At more than 12 square kilometres, Halifax harbour is one of the deepest and largest natural harbours in the world.