Thursday, July 8, 2010

Calgary parks, outdoor swimming pools to be upgraded

Hundreds of thousands of litres of water will be saved each year now that two Calgary wading pools are receiving environmentally friendly improvements.

Canmore and Rotary Park’s wading pools are each receiving $750,000 water re-circulating upgrades that will integrate a spray deck that will save roughly 720,000 litres of water annually. These will be completed by November 1, 2010.

“These upgrades allowed The City of Calgary to use new technology that will decrease our environmental footprint,” says Kyle Ripley, manager for Parks Planning and Development. “Water quality will also be enhanced because standing water will be eliminated and water will constantly be running through the system and treated.”

The City is contributing $971,890 to the project. Federal funding of $500,671 is part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, which is investing $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period.

Five swimming pools, operated by the Calgary Outdoor Swimming Pool Association, will also receive upgrades.

The City and community associations maintain eight wading pools and five spray pools. We hope you will enjoy them all:

Wading pools
  • Stanley Park (SW)
  • Riley Park (NW)
  • Eau Claire Park (downtown)
  • Arbour Lake (NW) maintained by community association
  • Prairie Winds Park (NE)
  • Edgemont Park (NW)
  • Canmore Park (NW)
  • Rotary Park (NE)
Spray pools
  • Somerset (SW) maintained by the community association
  • Bowness (NW)
  • Prairie Winds (NE)
  • Variety Park (SW)
  • Valleyview Park (NE)

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