Micky Thornton had always dreamed of a backyard pool as a kid. As you do. But as an adult, Thornton decided to make his fantasy a reality, which is another thing entirely. And Thornton didn’t just want your standard home swimming hole.
“To start with, I probably had the idea when I was 9 or 10 years old,” Thornton said. “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,” he told WREG.
In 1993, he started building what resembled more of an attraction at a water park than a backyard pool at his Covington, Tennessee home. The pool is made up of 320 yards of gunite, 40,000 pounds of steel rebar, rock-lined waterfalls, sprayers and an estimated half a million gallons of water. Check out this video that shows the pool’s evolution over the years.
Although the pool was intended for family use, the stunning creation attracted the attention of friends and neighbors, who the Thorntons let use the pool free of charge. People kept offering to pay for use the aquatic playground, so eventually, they decided on a fixed donation price. Check out these shots of a fun day at the pool from Instagram:
Now people can rent the pool for events such as birthday parties, family reunions, and even weddings and baptisms. “Of the different churches, there have been over 400 people baptized in the pool,” Micky told WREG. “Which is something I think is kind of neat.
Another special guest was the Japanese National baseball team. “They called and asked if we could have them over for an afternoon,” Jane Thornton, Micky’s wife recalled. “I thought sure, I thought there are nine guys on the field, probably a total of 25 people. Wrong. There was 50.”
The Thorntons aren’t the first people to build a massive backyard pool, but they may just have taken things to a whole other level.
If you live in the area and are interested in reserving the pool for an event, check out their Facebook page for availability.