Swim Pond Story
Alice H. has had a Swim Pond in Haverford, PA for the past 15 years. Alice’s husband had turned their pool into a pond himself . He cut the filters, added an aerator and added plants to change the pool to a pond. They did not do much to keep up the Swim Pond and over the years it became very dirty.
Alice’s husband passed away about two years ago and she decided to fix up the pond in his honor. She knew how much the pond had meant to him and she wanted it restored to glory.
The Swim Pond was pretty much falling apart by the time AquaReale visited in October, 2015. The water was green, and the pool coping crumbled and broke every time it was touched. The swim pond had become a safety hazard.
We quickly determined that the pond needed a thorough cleaning, a wetland filter, new lights and new coping.
Swim Pond Process
It was important to both AquaReale and Alice that the pond look as it did before. Anything new we added or changed had to completely match the aesthetic of the swim pond as it had been before.
We used cut red argillite for both the wetland filter area and the coping, matching what was already there. AquaReale also redid the waterfall, creating an updated waterfall that turned on and off as wanted by Alice. This gives her control on the pond ambiance, allowing her to kick it up while outside or entertaining.
Swim Pond Challenge
Our biggest challenge was the access. The pond was in a challenging location, up a hill in the backyard. Everything had to be hand-wheeled up hills. The access also made it challenging to work on two parts of the project at one time– everything had to be completely done before the next step was started.
Swim Pond Results
AquaReale employee Tom had talked to Alice about the swim pond and her husband. He knew how much a certain frog statue had meant to her. Hers was in bad shape. As a surprise, he ordered her a new statue and placed it in its place of honor. The dedication to her husband was now there for her.
Alice cried and thanked Tom and all of AquaReale. She loves her updated swim pond and feels that she has done her husband’s memory justice with this beautiful swim pond.
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