Managing Motion: Islands And Bridges
By Peter Davidson for Pool & Spa Marketing Magazine
Beyond flow characteristics, lazy river pools offer ancillary benefits and features that are worth considering during the swimming pool’s early design stages. For example, these pools typically require lazy river islands, which in most cases means there will be at least one bridge leading from the ‘mainland’ to the island. These elements add huge measures of fun and enjoyment not found in more common pool configurations.
For starters, there is something fundamentally intriguing about a lazy river island. Even though it might only be a few feet away from the outside edge of pool, an island creates a different destination within the space. They are often the site of spas, lounging areas, and associated features such as waterfalls. Lazy river islands also conceal the view of portions of the river course, which adds a sense of mystery and can fuel a desire to take the journey along the river or over to the island to see what is on the other side, or just around the bend.
Lushly planted islands with rock structures, grottos or fire features can create beautiful focal points and even reflections when the water is still. They always invite visitors to cross the water to experience the environment waiting on the other side.