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City changing idea? Campaign to build Houston its own perfect swimming hole picks up steam

Campaign to build Houston its own swimming hole picks up serious steam

Houston Needs A Swimming Hole! with Monte Large, from left, Evan O'Neil and Jeff Kaplan November 2014
Monte Large, from left, Evan O'Neil and Jeff Kaplan are ready to dive in with their "Houston Needs a Swimming Hole!" Kickstarter campaign. HoustonNeedsASwimmingHole.com
Houston Needs A Swimming Hole! rendering of swimming hole with Houston skyine November 2014
A still from the Kickstarter video: "Imagine." Houston Needs a Swimming Hole/Facebook
Houston Needs A Swimming Hole! logo November 2014
Logo is ready to go, as are Twitter account and Facebook page. Stickers are available at New Living, Blacksmith Coffee, Eatsie Boys and Siphon Coffee. Houston Needs a Swimming Hole/Facebook
Houston Needs A Swimming Hole! with Monte Large, from left, Evan O'Neil and Jeff Kaplan November 2014
Houston Needs A Swimming Hole! rendering of swimming hole with Houston skyine November 2014
Houston Needs A Swimming Hole! logo November 2014

It may sound like a chilly idea right now, but when Houston's temps start to rise again — and keep on rising — it sounds like a great idea.

Houston Needs a Swimming Hole!

Yep, that's what social and business entrepreneurs Monte Large, Evan O'Neil and Jeff Kaplan are proposing in a newly launched Kickstarter campaign geared around developing a natural and beautiful public swimming spot in the Bayou City.

The guys are already creating positive waves with support for the swimming pond from civic leaders and organizations, including the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Greater East End District, the city of Houston Sustainability Office and the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University.

Sherwood Design Engineers, an international engineering firm with expertise in water, parts and urban spaces, just took the plunge to join the effort to take the first step: Compile a feasibility study for the nonprofit venture.

Once the ideal location is secured, the plan is to start a capital campaign to raise funds for construction.

The initial "Houston Needs a Swimming Hole!" Kickstarter project establishes a $30,000 goal, to be funded only if that entire amount is pledged by 5 p.m. Jan. 9.

Take a look at the video, and decide for yourself if Houston needs a public place to cool its heels.