"Like drops of water filling a pool, EACH and EVERY contribution will make our new pool a reality."
Caledonia is a viable, growing community, which offers many key quality of life benefits for its citizens. Residents are proud of the many excellent qualities that denote Caledonia as a safe and neighborly place to live. Individuals work to improve important services, organizations and facilities. The community is proud of its excellent school district and committed work force. Civic and city leaders are committed to increasing economic viability and improve quality of life for future generations.
The area offers excellent recreational activities such as: trout fishing, bike trails, hiking trails, Beaver Creek Valley State Park, horse trails, hunting, snowmobiling, boating and bird activities. However, the city pool needs to be replaced with a family aquatic center for future generations.
Since July of 2010, a dedicated group of more than 25 volunteers from many segments of the Caledonia area have been meeting to determine how a capital campaign could be implemented to construct an aquatic center. City and civic leaders envision the new facility would be funded primarily from contributions donated by individuals, organizations and businesses rather than increasing taxes.
The pool committee invited community to attend meetings regarding fundraising for an aquatic center. Individuals represented included educational leaders, Rotarians, the Lions Club, the Dolphins Swim Group, daycare providers, health care professionals, leaders in finance and business and attorneys, as well as other interested citizens. Monthly meetings were held and the group continued to expand in ideas, resources and volunteers.
The following successful fundraising events took place in 2011 to create awareness and raise funds to research the potential viability for the project: Pool Party Fundraiser, Tee Shirt Contest, food booth at Music in the Park, Car Wash Fundraiser, Quilt Raffle Tickets, hair cutting donations, Argus Golf Tournament, Middle School Fun Day and Schwan's Fundraiser. The Lions, American Legion Auxiliary and Rotary Clubs have also agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from various fundraisers held throughout the year to go toward the pool project.
USAquatics Inc, an architectural firm that specializes in aquatic centers was hired, and a proposed plan formulated. USAquatics Inc. is a prominent aquatics consulting, design and engineering firm. Established in 1991, USAquatics has over 90 years of combined experience in the industry, which is used in every consultation and design. Their expertise and design knowledge incorporate the most efficient, low maintenance, easy-to-operate equipment available. Their 10 associates have been involved in over 1600 aquatic facilities. The new aquatic center would replace the existing Caledonia pool constructed in 1956 and in great need of maintenance and repairs. The current tank pool is outdated for today's children, individuals and families, is no longer a draw for the region. The baby pool has been closed due to faulty filtering system. The pool is not ADA compliant and in jeopardy of being shut down. It currently loses more than $28,000 each summer.
The new facility would replace the outdated and inefficient city pool. The new plan includes an approximately 9,000 square-foot outdoor aquatic center. The aquatic center will offer the following features: a 3767 square-foot zero-depth swimming area, lap/diving pool, water dome, arch jet, water slides, a concession area, night lighting, decks, bathhouse and picnic area.