Cool Ponds History

The Beginning of Cool Ponds

Steve and Staci Wicker have been in the landscape business since 1991, and at the same time built their first pond and were instantly hooked. Steve installed his first pond professionally in the late '90's. They continued installing ponds but had no reliable place to send their customers for pond supplies or maintenance services.  So in 2004, they purchased the current property on Hanna as the supply store, installation showcase, and installation hub.

After seeing customers repeatedly peer into the main display pond and say, "That is a cool pond," the name Cool Ponds seemed fitting.

Organic Outdoor Living

Cool Ponds has had the distinction of becoming central Indiana's pond experts. In 2016 we held our biannual pond tour, and we heard many people remark that they were surprised to see we completed plantings, patios, and some very unique shade structures as well. We realized we needed to rebrand ourselves so that more people realized how all-inclusive we truly are. After all, we are a full landscape company.

Cool Ponds Organic Outdoor Living came to be in 2018.

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Our love for the outdoors began years ago. We are fortunate enough to have a business centered around our passion for nature and sharing that passion to others.

Cool Ponds' Mission

We believe you deserve to work with a transparent company who will be with you for years to come. We have dedicated much time and resources to building a showroom and support center just for you. Our display gardens showcase the type and scope of work we are excited to build for you. The staff at our support center continuously updates training to best assist you in all your water feature needs.

We appreciate the opportunity to create your own backyard paradise that will become an intimate part of your life.

The Wicker Family

The Wickers have owned and operated Cool Ponds since its inception. It is a true family-run company, as Steve and Staci's oldest daughter Kasey and son Steven both have lifelong careers at Cool Ponds. All four Wickers run the company as co-owners. The Wickers feel very blessed to run a business together.

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Steve and Staci

Company Founders

Steve and Staci wear a lot of hats in this small business. Steve trains new staff and is an expert team builder. He's known as the "problem solver" around Cool Ponds -- there's never a challenge his ingenuity can't solve. Staci is the creative mastermind behind everything you see at Cool Ponds. From store design to our email newsletters, Staci puts her artist's eye to work.

They have been happily married since 1990! In their spare time, they love traveling to our country's beautiful scenic natural areas. (And anyplace there is water!)

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Customer Service Coordinator

Whether you're picking out a koi at the store, getting a package from our online store, scheduling a pond cleaning, or sending a quick hello to us on Facebook, Kasey is more than likely who's helping you! After earning her B.S. in Biology from Ball State, Kasey's part time summer job at Cool Ponds became her lifelong career.

Kasey enjoys anything outdoors -- especially hiking, backpacking, and birdwatching. 

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Project Manager

Steven is a jack of all trades. If you were here when Cool Ponds first opened, a very young Steven probably gave you a tour! Steven's primary role at Cool Ponds is our project manager. He designs all our work and ensures each project is completed to our customers' exact standards.

On his off time, you can find Steven working on his home (he's quite crafty) or hiking with his fiancee.