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Bahama Beach Addition

DALLAS, TX

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Counsilman-Hunsaker has enjoyed its long history supporting the city of Dallas with their aquatics program. Services have included master planning, spray ground design, and outdoor aquatic center design.

Starting in 2006, the city retained the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker, Hector Gomez Architects, and Kimley-Horn & Associates to plan and design new spray grounds in several Dallas area parks.

The 2012 Dallas Aquatic Facilities Master Plan analyzed the future of the existing city-wide aquatic system. Multiple scenarios were developed and studied, including reconstruction of the city’s 20 aging swimming pools in the same locations, constructing larger more diverse aquatic centers on fewer sites, and incorporating additional low-cost spray grounds.

Status

Completed 2021

Project Amenities

Reconstructing the existing pools with brand new pools of similar size and configuration would allow the city to offer aquatic facilities for the next 50 years but was not the most cost-effective scenario to implement.  In the long-term, the same components would not meet today’s aquatic user expectations and promote increased interest and attendance from the community.

Feedback from City Council and the Park Board, equitable geographic coverage of the entire city, and site selection criteria were used to develop costs for building fewer but larger facilities, whereby the residents of the City of Dallas would enjoy an updated, diverse aquatic system.

In 2015, the city received $40 million to fund the construction of a new city-wide aquatic system.  The team of Kimley-Horn & Associates and Counsilman-Hunsaker were again retained to help determine which facilities would be included in Phase I and Phase II designs.  Upon completion of the 2015 study, the team was retained to design the entire aquatic system for the City of Dallas including 10 aquatic centers and 6 spraygrounds.

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