Aquatic Center Fall Maintenance Pool Closure

The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will close for a two month period in the fall to complete a much needed maintenance project.  The projected dates of this closure are September 15 – November 8.  The purpose of this project is to address humidity issues and make repairs to the clearstory, windows and the make-up air unit in order to provide a more comfortable atmosphere and prolong the life of the building, which was built in 1937.  Local company Diesslin Structures, Inc (DSI) has been contracted to complete this work.

Temperature control and humidity have been problems at the Aquatic Center for many years, and a project of this magnitude was deemed essential in order to protect the pool building cavity.  DSI has assembled a team of experts in indoor pool design and mechanical design who will evaluate the current system and propose solutions to address the issues. DSI and City staff will manage the team working on the Salida Hot Springs Pool project.

Together DSI and city staff have identified seven priorities for the project:

  • Analyze the Make-up Air Unit (MAU) to determine its long or short term suitability to supply the proposed new ductwork configuration in the clearstory.
  • Provide new aluminum duct to supply the clearstory.
  • Repair existing water damage in the clearstory area. Repair cold air infiltration in the building cavity, using closed cell foam.
  • Re-paint trusses and miscellaneous steel, eliminating rust and peeling paint.
  • Replace current duct socks with aluminum duct.
  • Repair and insulate end wall moisture condition.
  • Repair exterior trim of the structure.

City staff and DSI have been working for several months preparing for this project. Sub-contractors have been working to complete construction drawings and order equipment and supplies. Since most of the work is 20-30 feet off the ground, over the pool vessel, an extensive scaffolding structure will be constructed so that workers can safely and efficiently demolish and reconstruct the clearstory.  The scaffolding structure will also allow workers to easily install new duct work.

Staff at the Aquatic Center understand that a closure of this length is difficult on the community, and are taking steps to address this closure for our many users.  All passes will be frozen for the length of the closure. City Council has approved adding an additional month to all annual and 6-month passes and all budget pass holders will be given an additional month to use their pass. Current pass holders will receive discounted admission for swimming and fitness classes at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.

Some of our current fitness classes and two Jive & Dives (Sept. 19 & Oct. 10) will be held at Mt. Princeton, some transportation provided, please see our website for details. Staff are working on expanding land based fitness programs for our many patrons who use the pool as a means of achieving their exercise and fitness goals.

This closure will not affect most land based programs with the Salida Recreation Department, which plans to continue offering fall programs for participants of a wide variety of ages and interests.  It will also not affect park rentals.  Staff will begin taking park rental reservations for 2015 on October 1.

City Recreation staff will usually be on-site and will continue to answer phone inquiries and take recreation program registrations and park rentals. The Aquatic Center will be a hard-hat zone so office hours may be effected some days. Please do call before coming to the facility, we are able to take program registrations and make park rental reservations over the phone. Park rental applications can be downloaded from our website and payments can be made with a credit card or by mail.

More information will be posted at shortly.  Our website will be updated before and during the closure with more specific plans for this project, a timeline for completion and pictures and progress updates.

For more information, please contact Theresa Casey at or 719-539-6738.