Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, Salida, Colorado
Posted by: sherpes
N 38° 31.482 W 106° 00.570
13S E 412002 N 4264517
Quick Description: A large indoor pool fed by thermal hot springs
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 12:22:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM9C0H
from the pool website:
The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is a year-round facility, offering recreation and relaxation in natural mineral water.
The hot springs water is collected underground and piped about 8 miles from the source, high in the majestic Rocky Mountains. This sparkling, clear and odorless water was enjoyed by the Ute Indians. It flows continually into the Salida Hot Springs pools, refreshing and warming them naturally.
Colorado's largest indoor hot springs pool facility. This 1937 WPA project employed some 200 men to lay the original pipeline and construct the buildings. The facility, including the water line, has been updated several times over the years..
A 25-meter, 6- lane pool dominates a large portion of the building. At approximately 84° - 86°, this pool is delightful for swimming, diving and recreational play. Two lap lanes are usually available.
Across a divider wall, a smaller 4- foot pool holds water at approximately 95° - 100°. The zer-depth entry provides easy access. This pool is excellent for warm aquatherapy, exercise and soaking.
Collected underground and piped 8miles from the source high in the majestic Rocky mountains, this sparkling clear and odorless water was originally enjoyed by the Ute Indians. It flows continually into the various Salida Hot Springs pools, refreshing and warming them naturally. A 25 meter, 6 lane pool dominates a large portion of the building. At approximately 84° - 86° this pool is delightful for swimming, diving and recreational play. Two lap lanes are usually available. Across a divider wall, a smaller 4 foot deep pool holds water at approximately 95° - 100°. This easy access area is excellent for warm aqua-therapy, exercise and soaking.
Silica 54.1 ppm
Aluminum Iron Oxide 1.7 ppm
Sulphate 207.4 ppm
Calcium 19.7 ppm
Bicarbonate 223.1 ppm
Potassium 16.5 ppm
Chloride 54.7 ppm
Sodium 108.5 ppm
A 1937 Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project constructed springs collection boxes, collection lines, a junction box, and a five mile underground hot water transmission line to the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. The pool and building were constructed as part of the same WPA project. During the depths of the Great Depression, some 200 men found work digging the pipeline and constructing the building essentially by hand. It cost $160,000 to install the line and build the concrete pool building. In 1941 the City purchased 145 acres of land at the hot springs source and water rights from J. Carter and A.T. Hartwich for $40,000.
The natural hot springs rise in two groups, called the north and south springs, at an elevation of 7,900 to 8,000 feet. Therefore, delivery of the hot springs water to the pool by gravity is practical.
Although the City owned the facility, it never was a profitable enterprise, so the city entertained offers to buy or lease the property and water rights. In 1958, Marion Chelf and Max L. Sauder attempted to put together an investment group to lease the property and water.
In 1968 Elmo Bevington, an Omaha based beer distributor, attempted to buy the rights and pool property for $100,000. The proposal failed however, when Bill Rush, a prominent Salida Attorney, led a fight against the sale.
In February 1975 a natural gas leak in a pipe joint near what is now the Chamber of Commerce building crept back into the pool building. An electric pump led to an explosion in the building, closed at that time of night, destroying newly refurbished decking and pool walls. In November 1975, city voters defeated a $450,000 bond the rebuild the pool.
In April 1976, using about $100,000 in insurance money, the city council approved $153,000 to rebuild the facility and in the process removed the damaged roof, the pool reopened that summer. The pool had to close during cold weather as the hot water caused too much steam around the pool limiting visibility.
In November 1979 city voters approved by a 2 to 1 margin a $280,000 bond issue to replace the roof, revamp the hot baths, rebuild the entryway and dressing room access, and add a new wading pool and whirlpool. The whirlpool was cut when funds ran out on the project.
In 1993 Salida citizens passed a bond issue directing the City of Salida to help finance replacing the collection system and improvements to pool plumbing.
In 2000, the original 5 mile hot water transmission line was to be replaced because of constrictions, leaks, and breaks in the 62 year old line.
From 1996-2003 a new line, in a new location, was constructed. This multi-phased project cost 2 million dollars. The new line began operation in August of 2002. The water temperature never reached the previous level due to the effect of high ground water and a river crossing in the path of the new line resulting in a significant loss of heat in the new line.
In 2003 The City of Salida sued the engineering firm that had done the design and construction oversight for the new line. In December 2006 a $325,000 settlement was reached with the firm, McLaughlin Engineering.
In May of 2001 a large snowstorm dumped 5 feet of snow causing the roof of the pool building to collapse. The city recovered one million in insurance funds and spent another million updating the deck and gutter, replacing plumbing, adding an HVAC system, and play pool.
In 2009 the changing rooms were repaired an updated and a DOLA grant was secured to do water line remediation. The water line remediation project was completed in May of 2010. The hot water began to flow into the pool 7 to 15 degrees warmer. A DOLA grant supplied $448,000 for the hot water line. Insurance money and city funds from the occupational tax, made up the remainder of the $880,000 project.
Handicap Accessible: yes
Concession Stand: yes
Admission Price: 11.00 (listed in local currency)
opens at noon
closes at 8 PM
410 W. Rainbow Blvd. (Highway 50)
Salida, CO USA
Web Address: [Web Link]
Season: Not listed
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