Pool Renovation Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
On October 10th members of our community joined together to break ground on the historic Ouray Hot Springs Pool Renovation Project. Pool staff, city officials, volunteers and community members celebrated yet another change to one of our city’s most important assets. County Commissioners, City Council Members and Pool Staff spoke about the history of the Hot Springs and the many changes that have taken place over time. It wasn’t that long ago that our pool wasn’t even open during winter! “We’ve come a long way to have the pool open year round,” noted Mayor Pam Larson.
City Resources Manager Rick Noll reflected on the history of the pool, including his own experiences. “I first visited the pool 50 years ago with my Mom and Dad. I brought my children here when they were young, and my young grandchildren have enjoyed soaking in these Hot Springs also.” Attendees were also able to “take a swing” at the concrete bottom of the pool, and took home pieces as keepsakes.
For almost 90 years, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool has been a welcoming community pool where people from across the state (and even the world!) enjoy fun, safe, and healthy recreation. Over time, the pool has been to show its age. The City of Ouray organized a citizens’ committee in 2012 to make research-based recommendations on how to improve the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center Facility. The Ouray City Council adopted the final master plan design in 2015. Visit http://ourayhotsprings.com/renovation-project/ to view the detailed document.
The Renovation Project will address multiple issues, many of which are “behind the scenes” and not obvious to soakers, such as structural and filtration challenges. This Project will also create beautiful new soaking areas with completion expected in Summer 2017. Funding for the project is provided by a local bond initiative, grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Great Outdoors Colorado and an ongoing capital campaign.