When Micky Thorton was a kid he dreamed of one day owning his very own backyard oasis.
What he ended up building was a pond-sized playground, behind his Covington, Tennessee home. It was made up of 40,000 pounds of steel rebar, rock-lined waterfalls, sprayers, a hot tub, rope swing, and by his estimate, more than half a million gallons of water.
“I wanted [ the pool] large in the deep end but large and deep enough you could swim around it and not feel like you are trapped in a little box.”
And so, on Labor Day 1993, Thorton broke ground on his childhood dream. Thorton was still a young man at the time, “I was 39 years old then,” Thornton said, “and I thought if I ever am going to do anything like that I better get started working on it.”
The initial hole was 20 feet deep and lined with a rubber mat. Simple, but impressively large, the pool stayed that way for years until the Thorton’s renovated it in 2013.
The Thorton’s rent the pool out for a reasonable rate through their Facebook page and have hosted everything from baptisms to the Chinese national baseball team. It really is a special place. Check out more in the video below!