Silver Springs Outdoor Pool Fundraising Foundation

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Who Are We?

The Silver Springs Outdoor Pool Fundraising Foundation is a non-profit corporation registered under Part 9 of the Alberta Companies Act. Working with Parks Foundation Calgary, The City of Calgary, and Community Associations in Silver Springs and Scenic Acres, the SSOPFF has taken on responsibility for raising over $1.85 million to renovate the SSOP without compromising the outdoor swimming and diving experience people have come to cherish.

Why the Need for Fundraising?

Located in northwest Calgary, the Silver Springs Outdoor Pool (SSOP) is over 38 years old. The facility has been identified as being outside of its lifecycle, and repairs to keep it running are unlikely to remain effective going forward.

The City of Calgary announced in January 2013 its intention to spend up to $2 million to renovate the SSOP. Initial plans involved removing the dive tank and replacing it with a 0-entry wading pool, which would have been within the $2 million budget. However, after significant community engagement, the wading pool design was abandoned in favour of a design which includes a dive tank with a 1m springboard and 3m platform, and a 5-lane, 25m pool. These facilities will be constructed to meet current regulatory standards and building codes, and will be physically and operationally sustainable for decades.

The design is expected to exceed The City of Calgary’s project budget by up to $1.85 million. As additional City of Calgary funds are not available, the shortfall must be raised through private fundraising initiatives.

More Than Just a Pool

The SSOP is more than just a pool for northwest Calgary residents. It is a fun place for family members to reconnect with each other, and with other families. It is a meeting place for friends and neighbours. It is an oasis for families who can-not afford the time or money to leave the city to vacation in the summer months. It is a place for older adults and seniors to engage in low-impact fitness classes. It is a place where children are inspired to learn to swim while they watch their peers showing off their latest moves in the dive tank. It is a place where youth can gather in a safe, active, supervised environment instead of engaging in negative activities. It is a place where youth and children can start learning skills that they can use throughout their lives. It is a catalyst for a positive way of life.

How Can You Help Support the SSOPFF?

There are many ways you can help the SSOPFF.  One of the most helpful ways to support us is to make a donation.  Click here to find out about the variety of donation options.  Tax receipts will be provided for donations over $25.00.  

Also, four fundraising teams have been formed: Corporate Donations, Grants, Events and Projects, and Media. The purpose for each team is set out below:

  • Corporate Donations/ Donations from Local Businesses
    Research corporations’ giving portfolios and criteria; obtain contact information and make initial contact with corporations and local businesses; draft cover letters and create application packages; meet with corporations and local businesses to obtain funding.

  • Grants
    Research and apply for all grants at any level of government. Research and apply for any corporate grants that the project qualifies for.

  • Events/ Projects
    Brainstorm, plan and execute special events to promote and fundraise for the project.

  • Media
    Create and monitor SSOPFF Internet presence. Prepare reports for Community Association Newsletters and liaise with CAs regarding events and updates. Monitor Facebook and Twitter presence. Research print and other media options for potential articles raising awareness of the project and the need.

If you have an interest in working on one of these teams, please contact us at