Residents of the inner west will be able to add another natural swimming spot to their hit list from next year, with a historic swimming site at Concord slated to reopen to the public. The Bayview Park swimming area on the Parramatta River is thought to have been in use since at least the 1930s. It closed in 1969 due to water pollution, but works will begin in January 2021 to make it safe for swimming once again.

A swimming safety net and outdoor shower will be installed as part of the $300,000 project, initiated after tests by Sydney Water over the past 12 months showed the water is clean enough to swim in.

“We are working with the community to create an open river where residents and visitors alike can swim along our foreshore and enjoy Sydney’s most iconic waterway for the first time in generations,” Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said in a statement.

The swimming area is slated to open in April 2021. It will join three other inner-west swim spots on Parramatta River, including Cabarita Beach and Chiswick Baths. Other river sites earmarked to become swimming-friendly include Bedlam Bay in Gladesville and Putney Park in Putney.