Recreational Pond: 5 Things You Need To Know

Today we are going to tell you 5 things that you need to know about a recreational pond to help you decide whether it is a good fit for you and your family.

At Clearwater Creations, we have been helping homeowners install and maintain ponds and water features since 2011 – and we’d love to share our experience and expertise with you!

We’ll take a closer look at recreational ponds, what they are and answer any questions that you might have about them. So, let’s get started!



A recreational pond can be a great alternative to installing a swimming pool


1. What Is a Recreational Pond?

A recreational pond is a natural pond that is also used for recreational purposes such as swimming and paddling. It is designed to imitate a natural body of water in the wild with irregular shapes, rocks, waterfalls, and boulders. Recreational ponds are usually divided into two areas: one area for vegetation and the other area for swimming.

The vegetation area is usually more shallow, about a foot deep, to accommodate your water plants. The swimming section can range anywhere from 6 to 8 feet deep. A recreational pond gives you the best of both worlds. It is a beautiful landscaping feature for your backyard and it’s a great place for you and your family to swim and to learn more about nature.


2. A Recreational Pond Is Cleaner Than You Might Think

You may be thinking that a recreational pond couldn’t possibly be very clean, if you aren’t adding chemicals to it like you do with a swimming pool. In fact, they are cleaner than you think. Ponds naturally clean themselves.

Having plants such as flag irises and water lilies not only make your pond look lovely, but they also keep the phosphate levels of your water in check while also getting rid of the nitrates. This will help to ensure that you have no messy algae in your pone. The gravel on the bed of your pond will also act as a filtering agent to keep it clean.

By installing either a beautiful waterfall or a small pump, you will be keeping the water moving in your pond, and moving water will also ensure that your pond stays fresh and clean.



A waterfall will help keep your pond water fresh and clean


3. A Recreational Pond Costs More Up Front, But It’s Cheaper to Maintain

Depending on the size of recreational pond that you want and the complexity of your design, your initial investment may be slightly higher than installing a traditional swimming pool of the same size, however due to the low ongoing maintenance costs, you will save money over time.

This is because a recreational pond requires much less maintenance than a swimming pool. For example, unlike pool liners, recreational pond liners do not need to be replaced. On average, an in-ground vinyl swimming pool liner can cost anywhere from $1,006-$3,341. This is a considerable savings.

In addition, you won’t need to be constantly purchasing costly chemicals to keep the water in your recreational pond clean. A recreational pond naturally cleans itself.

You also won’t need to be constantly testing the water to make sure that the chemical balances are safe for swimming. You can save on your energy bills too as recreational ponds are not heated and because they are not heated, they won’t evaporate as much as a pool meaning your will save on water costs as well.

According to Business Insider, a recreational pond could cost between $90,000 and $110,000 for up to 100 sq ft. That would give you a swimming area of about 30 ft by 15 ft. The overall price will vary depending on whether you want to include a liner, the pond location, soil type, complexity of design, etc.

According to HomeAdvisor.com an in-ground pool can cost on average between $36,929 and $66,519, but with higher end designs costing upwards of $100,000. Basic maintenance of your pool can add between $1,200 and $1,800 a year and additional repairs and utilities cost can add another $1,800 to $3,200 a year.



A recreational pond is easier and less costly to maintain than a swimming pool


4. How to Maintain a Recreational Pond

Recreational ponds require very little maintenance and considerably less than a swimming pool. You don’t have to add chemicals, you don’t have to test it, and you don’t have to cover it during the winter. In fact, you could use your recreational pond as an ice rink to give you even another season of great family fun.

You basically look after your pond as you would your garden and just make sure that the surface debris is skimmed off before you go swimming.

A big bonus of a recreational pond is that it will attract wildlife such as dragon flies, birds, and tadpoles that in turn will help you control annoying insects. If you want to make sure that snakes are not attracted to your pond, then you should keep the grass around it cut short.



A recreational pond will attract dragonflies to help control other insects


5. Why Recreational Ponds Are Trending?

Recreational ponds are just starting to trend in North America and for very good reason. Europe however, has been enjoying the benefits of recreational ponds since they were first introduced in the 1980s. Recreational ponds are “green” or more environmentally friendly than traditional swimming pools which has added to their increasing popularity.

People are definitely more environmentally conscious these days, so having a pond that doesn’t use chemicals that are harmful to the environment is a big plus.

In order to make sure that your recreational pond remains chemical free and properly filtered for optimal swimming, you can install a high-quality water filtration system called “Wetland” or “Biological” filtration like the one available from Clearwater. The following video will explain this process further.


Clearwater’s wetland filtration keeps your pond chemical free


Want Your Own Recreational Pond? Trust Clearwater to Expertly Design & Install One for You

Clearwater Creations can expertly design and install the perfect recreational pond to perfectly complement and enhance your backyard space. All of our water features are created using the highest quality materials and installed with expertise to provide you with a natural swimming space that you can enjoy for years to come.

Our unique and environmentally friendly pond pools can include a variety of plants and fish of your choice. Contact the water feature experts at Clearwater Creations today to install your own recreational pond.




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