• Pool Type Indoor Leisure, Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2005
  • ArchitectHastings & Chivetta Architects


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Arnold Recreation Center

Arnold, MO

Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with Hastings & Chivetta Architects, designed the new 57,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor community recreation center for the City of Arnold, a suburban community outside St. Louis, Missouri. One of the design concepts incorporated for this municipal water facility was creating zones: an area for tots, one for teens, and buffering those two by a family zone.

The innovative 5,000 sq. ft. indoor aquatic center features a tubular waterslide that takes swimmers outside the building before splashing back into the indoor pool. Other features include four fitness lap lanes and a children’s play feature.

The 7,600 sq. ft. outdoor pool is separated into three zones consisting of:

  • Current river
  • Hydrotherapy benches
  • Vortex
  • Island in the center of the pool
  • 435 sq. ft. sprayground
  • 700 sq. ft. toddler pool

The main visual attraction is the bowl slide, which offers exploratory riders a 32 ft. tower with a chance to shoot down a 95-lineal-foot waterslide into a splash bowl, where they swirl around the funnel, then exit by a vertical drop of 37 ft. into a catch pool complete with exit stairs.


  • 2006 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ –¬†Athletic Business magazine