Telluride Community Pool Renovation Expected by 2014
The Town of Telluride is planning for the rebuilding of the Telluride Park Community Pool to replace the aging 28 year popular facility used by Telluride local families and visitors alike. The project is estimated to cost $1.25 million dollars and will include the replacement of the 20 yard five lane heated pool with with a 25 yard six lane pool with a functional heating system to keep our kids warm on a cold summer morning. The larger pool will accommodate for the growing needs of our community where the number of kids signing up for swimming lessons has grown to 206 participants in 2013 up from 173. The pool is also used by the Telluride Torpedoes Swim Team for training and the number of team members jumped from 25 in 2012 to 36 swimmers in 2013.
The first phase of the renovation project is expected to include pool replacement, an upgraded bathhouse facilities, landscaping, updated storage facilities and mechanical rooms. The second phase of the project will include a zero-entry family pool to accommodate for the little ones.
According to the Telluride Parks and Recreations Department, the need for a new pool is urgent since the summer of 2013 brought significantly more use compared to past years. Nevertheless, the project requires a massive budget and the town has been working on a plan to finance the project in time for the new pool to be operational for the 2015 Summer season. The San Miguel County Commissioners approved a generous contribution of $300K to the project and the Town is plans to apply for a $350K Great Colorado Outdoor grant with the rest of the funding coming from the sale of town-owned Lot CH-1 located in the Aldasoro subdivision.
Work on the pool is expected to begin in August 2014 and completed by the winter which will cut short the tranditional use period of the pool by about a month. Nevertheless, we are all excited here in Telluride about the new pool which will give swimming instructors and students more space to accomodate for the growing need for the community pool.