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AM sensualappeal SPECIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS Lagoon-shaped pool Lazy-river ride Spillover spa Landscaped island ■ ■ ■ ■ BUILDER | Lido Pools Richmond Hill, Ont. Tel: 905-764-2700 R Recreating the thrill and excitement of a waterpark resort in a residential backyard setting was not an everyday request for Lido Pools of AquaTerra Leisure Amenity Contractors Inc., in Richmond Hill, Ont., but they were up to the challenge. Island G E TAWAY A residential backyard that delivers waterpark-like fun PSP_Annual_2013.indd 29 Lido_Pools_B_1p_SApp.indd Sec1:1 The homeowner, in Thornhill, Ont., wanted to have the ultimate aquatic playground where family and friends could have a great time. To create this atmosphere, Lido Pools built an award-winning, lagoon-shaped inground vinyl pool with random-shaped, ragged edge flagstone coping around a 13.7-m (45-ft) long island comprising natural stone and interlocking pavers. The 7.6- x 15.2-m (25- x 50-ft) pool is connected to a 1.8-m (6-ft) wide, 26-m (85-ft) long ‘lazy river,’ which allows bathers to leisurely float through the pool area and back again on a gentle 4 km/h (2.5 mph) current. The island also includes a raised, grey granite spillover spa finished in stone, which sends water cascading down into the pool, and a 4-m (13-ft) tall double spiral water slide, which propels bathers splashing into the deep end of the pool. The island also has landscaped areas with trees, shrubs, flowering plants and rocks. Accenting the swimming pool and lazy river are a total of five rock waterfalls made from natural Armour Stone—three in the main pool area and two on either side of the river. Other amenities in the yard include a natural gas fire pit with an adjacent seating area, multi-level cedar deck, cobblestone patio, and cedar cabana with kitchenette and washroom. This project earned Lido Pools a diamond award in the ‘Ultimate Backyard’ category of the Canadian Art of Water competition. Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 29 4/1/13 4:21:51 AM 8:55:03 PM