Lon and Eileen Allen: Pool needs community support
For the first time in its 125-year history, Old Town Hot Springs is asking for our help.
We are the oldest nonprofit in Steamboat Springs, and we have launched a campaign to raise money for our expanding facilities and we are asking you and the lodging tax committee for that help.
We have grown out of our building. and the big pool needs some rehab. Ten years ago, the pool board and leadership realized that we needed more space and began planning for future expansion. Since then, the number of people using the facility has doubled.
We currently have 20,000 square feet of space, and we will be adding 15,000 more, which will include an indoor walking track, climbing wall and more classroom and fitness space.
The big pool has reached its lifespan and needs renovations. We have not been able to host swim meets as it needs to be deeper for safety. We are going to bring back diving that we have had to abandon due to the diving area not being deep enough.
Lastly, the pump house has been patched for years and needs on overhaul. Projections show that the pool’s usage will go up 50 percent in the next five years.
Why is the pool important to us?
• Community: One of every two residents are members, and for 125 years, this has been the gathering place for our community
• Kids: For kids growing up in Steamboat, the pool is a safe and healthy place they can come to be with their friends. The various daycares, day camps and the Boys and Girls Club bring the kids for essential learn to swim programs and full summer fun.
• Seniors: The therapeutic waters and healthy exercise classes are very important to our seniors as well as this being a great place to meet up with friends in the community.
• Health and wellness: Excellent fitness facility with classes of all types as well as personal trainers, weight rooms and aerobics machines. The pool is used for rehab. We will have better lap lanes for our growing groups of swimmers and will once again be able to host swim meets. We will have a diving board again.
• Resort: We host 80,000 visitors to the pool every year and expect this number to grow to 120,000 visitors in five years. The pool is a nonprofit and bookends our town on the east with the Library on the west. It needs a little help, and we are asking you to consider giving that help.
Lon and Eileen Allen
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