Mirior D'eau

Barry Island desperately needs something to attract visitors. Get the kids to come and the parents will follow.
A high quality water mirror like the beautiful Mirior D'eau in Bordeaux would be fanatastic.
edited on Apr 22, 2013 by Dennis Harkus

Andy Green Apr 22, 2013

That's a brilliant idea - as I understand it water is a few cms deep creates a giant floor mirror and then also is sprayed into jets creating a field of fountains.
This would be iconic - I can see every heatwave there being a photo of it.
It also neatly addresses the issue that supporters of a tidal paddling pool campaigned for - that when the tide is out -it's over 365 steps out to the water's edge.
The Mirior D'eau -and I'm sure we can come up with a great name for it - provides water activity for the youngsters to enjoy.
It should also be a great photo opportunity.
More details of the Mirior D'Eau here: http://bordeaux.360cityscape.com/miroir-d-eau/mirror-of-water/10/
Just shows the potential if we use a bit of imgaination for transforming Barry Island

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Geoff Roberts Apr 22, 2013

We have one in Bradford (of all places!) too. I was sceptical at first, but experience shows that ti has been a great attraction and it's packed with visitors in the summer, who can walk through it as well as keep cool in the fountains. It can be programmed to fill/empty and has an uneven floor, so that unless it is totally full (no more than 30cm) it has islands, there is even a dry path through it unless it is full.
Great idea.

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Dennis Harkus Apr 22, 2013

The Bordeaux version is only about 1cm deep and when the sun is out hundreds of kids are running around screaming with delight. When it's not in use it reflects the beautiful semi circular Bourse. We have a fabulous coastline to be reflected. I put it forward when the Barry Regeneration were asking for ideas but never even received an acknowledgement.

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June Russell Apr 22, 2013

You don't need to go all the way to Bordeaux to see how This can transform a city centre. We have one in Bradford. It is absolutely brilliant and we are very proud of it. Come see! http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/regeneration/city_park

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