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Colorado Gators Scuba Lagoon

$1,020 of $20k goal

Raised by 7 people in 12 months
Jay Young  MOSCA, CO
Colorado has more scuba divers per capita than any other state, and no place to dive for most of the year.  We are adventurous folks, but the local lakes are too cold and murkey for most of the year.  So we have to go to far away places which requires a lot of time and money.  
With the 87 degree geothermal water resource at Colorado Gators the Young family has grown tropical fish (tilapia) for 40 years and kept alligators since 1987.  Now we want to build a large, warm, and crystal clear lagoon for scuba diving, as well as to house many of the giant pets that pet owners have given us, such as pacu, catfish, and turtles.  It will be far more cost effective for divers to visit for a weekend than take a week long trip to a tropical reef.  And the photo opportunities will be phenomenal.  
Stage one has begun, digging out a hole 30 feet deep and 200 feet in diameter.  Once that is done, the pond will be lined and filled with rocks and boulders, and a series of caves will be built.  The dirtwork, lining, plumbing geothermal water in and out, moving in over 200 tons of rocks, and building caves will cost approximately $20,000.  We hope to finish phase 1 by July, 2016.   
Phase 2 will be to build dressing and equipment rinse facilities.  
Phase 3 will be to cover the entire lagoon with an inflatable dome to keep it warmer year round.   A larger alligator habitat with a giant plexiglass window will allow divers to come face to face with an alligator without danger.  
This project will be beneficial to all divers in Colorado that want a warm, clear water place to dive and see some really cool critters.  
Donate today!  Any diver that donates more than $100 will recieve a one year pass to the lagoon!  Thank you!
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Update 3
Posted by Jay Young
4 months ago
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As many of you know, we are huge fans of our veterans, and want to do scuba therapy in our lagoon for disabled veterans. We are building in a wheel chair ramp to make it more accessible. Help us get this open by May of 2017!
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Update 1
Posted by Jay Young
12 months ago
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Here is a photo with the recent snow to give some perspective of the scope of the lagoon. It will be deeper and have more varied terrain when it is done. Share with all your diving friends!
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$1,020 of $20k goal

Raised by 7 people in 12 months
Created March 25, 2016
Jay Young  
RD
$20
Rob Drye
2 months ago

Excited for the opportunity!

$200
Chuck Smith
11 months ago
1
1

Can't wait to dive in!!!!

LM
$500
Laura Mattson
11 months ago
1
1
DJ
$130
Dane Jordan
11 months ago
1
1

I think this is a great idea! One, just the wildlife refuge part. But diving in Colorado, awesome! I've been diving all over the world and never thought I would enjoy diving in Colorado, I'm so excited!

SP
$150
Steve Paul
12 months ago
1
1

Great idea!!! I once wrestled an alligator down there, it was a blast. I'd love to see you get this going Jay.

TM
$10
tony marsh
12 months ago
1
1

We believe..

CH
$10
Curtis Hamman
12 months ago
1
1
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