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Talisman Centre fully re-opens after months of flood recovery work

Talisman Centre is excited to announce that all major activity areas affected by the flood are now fully open and provide an even better experience than before – taking this World Class Facility to even greater heights.

The aquatic areas under the tent were the latest projects to unfold due to their engineering complexities and challenges. The Competition Pool, Teach pool, Dive Tank and Steam room are now fully open. The dryland side of the facility re-opened in mid-July, and the Olympic-sized pool located in The Calgary Foundation Aquaplex opened in mid-August.  

The opening of the aquatic areas under the tent were not only advantageous for Talisman Centre’s 5000 members and 3700 Sport Partner athletes, but also vital for its event season that kicked off November 1 weekend with Cascade’s Rocky Mountain Cup bringing in 500 swim athletes, 100 officials and spectators. In addition, the Dive Tank closure provided the opportunity to renovate the 10 metre tower as well as install a new 3 metre dive platform and springboards allowing for more training space and the ability for synchro dives.  

Overall, the flood damage is estimated to cost as much as 10 million including; restoration, repairs and in most cases brand new equipment was brought in to replace flood infected air ducts, mechanical machinery and electrical equipment that was beyond repair. As well, administrative files and other program gear was damaged along with numerous fitness machines had broken down from the lack of climate control during the closure. Talisman Centre is continuing to work with The City of Calgary and its Insurance Company to replace all items, with $150K of new fitness and cardio equipment arriving by the end of the year.  

“This year, more than ever, we want to say thank you to our - customers, staff, tenants, partners and hundreds of contractors and engineers,” said Jeff Booke, CEO Talisman Centre. “They were with us as we proudly celebrated our 30th Anniversary, but also as we faced closures and many unknowns due to one of the worst floods in Alberta's history. And although we temporarily lost some square footage we never lost heart and neither did they.”    

To mark this momentous occasion of getting back on our feet, Talisman Centre is proud to release our brand new Feel Our Energy video and contest highlighting what makes Talisman Centre unique on our journey towards excellence. 

The Talisman Centre has been one of Calgary's most iconic and beloved facilities for over 30 years located in the heart of downtown and set in the middle of beautiful Lindsay Park. Talisman Centre provides elite and amateur athletes with an inclusive atmosphere and wide spectrum of world‐class training services. It continues to serve as the training facility for many of Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic and World Champion athletes. The uniqueness of the facility can be seen daily as citizens of Calgary work out and train alongside world class athletes.

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