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.