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Ward 1 News: Silver Springs Outdoor Pool

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Ward 1 official websiteThe Silver Springs Outdoor Pool has been a well-loved fixture in the community since 1974. The City of Calgary and the Silver Springs Community Association (SSCA) work diligently each season to ensure the pool is accessible, reliable and safe for users.

In 2013, The City of Calgary and the SSCA brought forward a design for the redevelopment of the pool.  Although the available budget did not allow for replacement of the diving tank, which was at the end of its useful life, community members expressed their desire to retain it, and the Silver Springs Outdoor Pool Fundraising Foundation (SSOPFF) was formed. The City and the SSOPFF agreed to a deadline of April 30, 2015 to raise the funds, after which time The City would proceed with redevelopment of the pool to ensure the continued use of this asset.

Outdoor Pool

New designs for the redevelopment of the pool were presented to the community at an open house in April of 2015. The designs extended the width of the lap pool basin to better accommodate lane swimming and extend the length of the pool to include a deep end with diving features. It will also have a switchback ramp at the shallow end to make it easier for people with reduced mobility to use the pool.

Demolition began in the summer of 2016 with an aggressive schedule targeting a completion date of summer 2017. While every effort was made to complete the project within the projected timeline to reopen the pool for the 2017 season, an intermittent presence of groundwater delayed the contractor’s ability to complete the final stages of waterproofing and painting of the basin. Accordingly, the Silver Springs outdoor pool is expected to open in time for the 2018 season.

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