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The movement to create a swimming hole in Houston has a new fiscal partner in Houston Tomorrow, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in the Houston region.

“We think this is a fabulous project and we want to do everything we can to help make it happen,” said David Crossley, president of Houston Tomorrow.

From the website of Houston Needs a Swimming Hole:

Houston needs a great escape from the heat in the summer. Houston needs a great big pool!

Building on the incredible success of Discovery Green, the Houston Parks Board, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and the recent Parks By You initiative, a centrally located pool would add an element unrivaled by anything in Houston, and could give the city back an important amenity it lost years ago.

Natural Swimming Ponds (NSP) are the most natural forms of swimming pools. They originated in Austria & Germany over 25 years ago and today there are estimated to be more than 20,000 Natural Swimming Pools across Europe; including large, public swim facilities.

Managed properly, natural swimming pools have crystal clear water and require no chemicals to maintain, as they are self-cleaning mini-ecosystems. The systems also have lower maintenance costs than conventional pools, and their installation costs are not much more than standard designs.

Houston Needs a Swimming Hole has a Kickstarter campaign nearing its goal of $30,000 to provide funding for a feasibility study. The campaign has 21 days to go, and Houston Tomorrow urges Houstonians to join in to help complete the campaign and begin the work.

“We measure health and happiness as performance indicators for quality of life,” Crossley said, “This project promises to deliver both.”

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