Update on Salida city projects – Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

Trish Bews – Recreation and Aquatic Center Director

There has been quite a bit of focus on Recreation and the Aquatic Center recently. This seems like the perfect time to provide you with an update on our plans and projects.

As you know, we received a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for $442,000 to remediate the hot water transmission line. The City of Salida has committed $425,000 to the project making the total available $867,000. Also included in this grant is funding for the creation of construction documents for Phase I of the Centennial Park/Aquatic Center redevelopment project.

We are working with engineers Schmueser Gordon Meyer to design the best solution for the hot water line and expect to have their work in hand by the end of the year. In early 2009, we will ask Council to review the plan and direct SGM to bid the project out for the City. We anticipate the project will be completed in 2009.

The plan calls for using the 1937 easement with modifications and bypassing the portion of the ductile iron pipe installed in 2001 that passes through the most significant areas of high ground water.

The impact of restoring hot water at the Aquatic Center cannot be overestimated. We will again be able to satisfy those seeking a hot-water, soaking experience. Our revenues will increase as we broaden our customer base and welcome back hot water lovers.

Furthermore, the amount of energy consumed at the facility will be reduced. The hot water heater used for the showers and the boiler used to boost the water temperature in the leisure pool will both be eliminated. The demand for heat in the building will also be reduced as the water temperature is increased.

The other project we are working on is a plan to reopen the locker rooms in the east wing until new locker rooms are built. Reopening the locker rooms will allow us to reopen the hot baths in the west wing. As hot water again flows to the facility, operational hot baths will provide increased  revenues.

I want to thank all community members who voted in the recent election. The passage of initiative 2B will allow the City to address projects for which there has not been funding in the past. These projects include improvements at the pool as well as new and improved trails and park amenities. Your vote shows that you care about your recreational facilities in Salida.

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