Into the Forest
Developers wanted the private community of Woodforest to include a wide variety of outdoor amenities and already had created hiking trails, tennis courts and a golf course. Now, they hoped to complement those features with an elaborate watering hole for each generation to cool off. The owners also wanted the pool to be environmentally friendly. To help, the designers strayed from the current trend of building multiple, separate pools to create different activity zones. Instead, one complex body of water holds all activity areas. This made it possible to incorporate state-of-the-art regenerative filtration for maximum water and energy savings, while staying on budget. The pool’s aesthetic reflects the community’s natural environs with the use of rockwork and wood elements, including cut timber and this floating log bridge.
The pool’s curving perimeter and a gentle waterfeature wall helped define different zones and functions in one closed system, which saved space, water and energy. A tiered cut-stone waterfeature cordons off the deep end, turning it into a quieter area removed from the activities on the shallow side. Older adults — or anyone looking for a more relaxing experience — can lounge on the sun shelf with chairs. On the other side of the wall are active zones for all age groups: the shallow beach entry, catering mainly to toddlers, a volleyball and basketball area for the athletic and weekend warriors, and the floating log bridge for children.
For the Little Ones
Water cannons, deck sprays and a toddler slide on the beach-entry area also add their own kind of action to the facility. The kiddie slide resembles a hollowed-out log to fit in with the woodsy theme.
Call of Gravity
Two water slides — one dropping a straight 25 feet, the other twisting down — appeal to the more adventurous in the neighborhood. The blue and green colors help blend with the water, lawn and forest beyond.
The Versatility Curve
The water-slide tower, seen in the background, serves as the main focal point of the aquatics center. Fashioned as a ranger station in the forest, with its cut-stone construction and wooden doors, the tower also features water cannons at the first stair landing so children can simulate putting out forest fires.