Project Background

The Canon City Area Recreation and Park District opened the R.C. Icabone Swimming Pool in 1966. It served the community for 57 summers at its original location-1131 College Ave. When built, the pool had a life expectancy of 25-30 years, but its useful life doubled thanks to the work of dedicated staff and board members over that time. During the later part of its life, there were three ballot initiatives to either replace or repair the facility: 1989, 2000, 2006. All three failed by 10 points or more.

In 2018 Terracon performed a site audit of the facility and determined that the facility had outlived its useful life. In December 2019 Associated Pool Builders reviewed the facility and estimated that at most the facility could only last another three years. The Recreation District also consulted with numerous other commercial pool professionals and all concurred that the pool needed to be replaced. In 2021 a fourth ballot initiative to build a recreation center to replace the Icabone Pool was unsuccessful. Then in May 2023, Counsilman-Hunsaker updated the site audit. After reviewing the audit and the multiple serious mechanical and structural issues at this aging facility, the Recreation District made the difficult decision to close the pool.

Now the Canon City Area Recreation District and the City of Canon City have engaged the firms OLC, Counsilman-Hunsaker and Ballard*King to conduct a feasibility study for the creation and operation of a new Community Pool to serve our community for the next 50+ years.

An important aspect of the study is community engagement. This website serves both as an information hub for the public and a tool to gather feedback from our community. We encourage you to complete the surveys and value your comments and questions.

Stakeholder Input/Engagement

At the request of the community, the Canon City Area Recreation and Park District, in partnership with Counsilman-Hunsaker, OLC, and Ballard*King, conducted a survey as part of an ongoing effort to collect feedback from the community. These survey questions tried to ascertain general community preference for aquatic amenities encompassing recreation, competition, therapy, and the subsequent Community Pool types. Over 4,000 contributions were made by our community members.

06/25/2024 Community Meeting Presentation

On Tuesday evening, June 25, 2024, the City of Canon City hosted Public Forum #2 to discuss the future of the Canon City Pool and provide feedback on the proposed design options. See below to view the slideshow. The final slides include detailed suggestions the community provided on sticky notes displayed on the in-person option boards.

Community Survey Results (04/24/2024)


Canon City, CO Parks District

Demographics and Market Analysis

Design Options

Please refer to the most active survey to view design options.