Thousands of Calgarians are excited to return to the familiar confines of Talisman Centre where they can enhance their health and wellness in a beautifully upgraded facility.
On Wednesday, February 23, The City of Calgary celebrated along with the Talisman Centre and many Calgarians at the grand re-opening of this one of a kind building.
Originally built in 1983 for the Western Canada Summer Games, The Talisman Centre hosts more than 1.5 million visitors per year and has played an integral part in the training of more than 30 Olympic and Paralympic medalists. More importantly, it is a key facility designed to help Calgarians to keep exercising while having fun.
After acknowledging the efforts of Calgary’s previous leaders in helping to make the upgrade happen, Mayor Nenshi explained, “At The City, we don’t take a major financial contribution of 41.5 million dollars lightly, but it was the right thing to do. The City of Calgary wants to invest in things that make people happy every day and this facility along with other initiatives in arts and culture help to increase the health and wellness of Calgarians and that’s an investment we will continually make.”
Before the renovation began, City Recreation and The Talisman Centre came up with a plan that would keep as much of the facility open during the renovation as possible. The work on the facility began in March 2010, with the Talisman Centre re-opening to the public on January 17, 2011.
The replacement of original cloth roof cost $28.5 million dollars, and the original roofing material will be put to good use elsewhere in Calgary by placing the material over simple frames to create shelters in city parks. Additional improvements to the facility included the renovation of the lighting and heating systems within the building along with the swimming pools, change rooms, basketball courts and an additional $250,000 of new fitness equipment to enhance the experience for all users of the facility.
These improvements allow one of North America’s most visited multi-use recreational facilities to continue to serve Calgarians for another 30 years while retaining its iconic look and providing Calgarians with a more reliable, comfortable, enjoyable and energy efficient facility.