Building a Shaq-Sized Pond and Waterfall

When Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape, Inc. heard that Shaq wanted a pond for his Florida home, he pulled every string he could to make sure the big guy got an Aquascape pond. But shortly after the initial design consultation, Shaq decided to move to Georgia so the pond would have to wait.  Greg remained patient, provided another design consultation for the Georgia location, and finally scheduled an installation date.

Pond and Waterfall of Shaquille O'Neal Home in Georgia


Greg gathered a group of top Certified Aquascape Contractors who were recipients of the Aquascape “Artist of the Year” award to help with the execution of a 70-foot stream and 22-by-50 foot koi pond that now flows from his front door down a slight slope to his famous tree house.

Certified Aquascape Contractors with Shaq O'Neal


Pond Excavation at the Home of Shaquille O'Neal


Eighty-five tons of moss rock and 35 tons of river rock were used to create the gorgeous new water feature for the NBA legend. The pond is 3 feet in depth and pushes 25,000 gallons of water per hour.  A surprise feature for Shaq includes a 25-inch architectural block wall with a gas fire pit.

Fire Pit with Pond and Waterfall in Front Yard


Another standout featured is a grouping of Stacked Slate Sphere fountains at the top of the waterfall. Since Shaq has the Superman emblem on the gate leading to his home, it was only fitting to recreate the logo in one of the spheres.

Greg Wittstock at the Front Entrance to Shaquille O'Neal's home


Stacked Slate Spheres at Home of NBA Legend, Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq loves his new pond and waterfall that was a dream for more than 5 years, except for one minor detail. Like every other new pond owner, he wishes the pond was larger! Aquascape will work with the legend to schedule a new date for a pond expansion!

Koi Pond and Waterfall for Shaq


Watch the Shaquille O’Neal pond and waterfall construction and final reveal videos for more details and information about this amazing water feature project!


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