Natural Swimming Pools (NSP’s) or Swim Ponds have become a phenomenon across much of Western Europe and Australia. Dozens of companies are actively promoting this hybrid form of a swimming pool and public enthusiasm for NSP’s is increasing every year.
In Europe, this technology has been proven and is in wide use, yet, in America, the popularity of these chemical free pools is just catching on. Our company; Expanding Horizons has developed a hybrid version of the Swim Pond that differs from the normal European model in various ways.
Firstly, in the European model, the pools are generally constructed 9′ or more deep so that the decomposing organic waste may settle in water too deep to stand in and eventually removed by a service (generally once every three years). Our pools have a more conventional looking swim zone anywhere between 4′ and 6′ deep depending on the needs of the client. We include a pool-sweep (or vacuum) to aide in the goal of having a pristine swimming experience. Generally, we separate the regeneration zone from the swim zone to help keep the swim zone clean.
This project is on a six acre horse ranch called Sagewalk Ranch next to the White Mountains about 30 miles north of Bishop, CA. in a hmlet called Hammil Valley. Although not pictured, we also created a Labyrinth and installed a Yurt on this Ranch as well.
Bryan Morse is the former Director of the Gardens and CEO of Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. He is an Environmental Artist-Contractor with over fourty years experience in custom landscape design and construction.
Morse's projects have been featured in numerous articles in Magazines and Newspapers, on HGTV, the National Conservancy's Spring Tour and on the Spring Tour of the San Diego Chapter of the Landscape Architects Association.
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