Colorado Gators Scuba Lagoon

$1,520 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 37 months
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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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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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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$1,520 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 37 months
Created March 25, 2016
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Rob Drye
27 months ago

Excited for the opportunity!

Chuck Smith
36 months ago

Can't wait to dive in!!!!

Dane Jordan
37 months ago

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!

Steve Paul
37 months ago

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

tony marsh
37 months ago

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