Pirates Bay Family Aquatic Center

Baytown, TX


As identified in the 2007 Baytown Marketing Development Plan, the city residents pointed to a need for a large family aquatic center to draw from inside and outside their community. The Wayne Gray Sports Complex, located near a major highway ad an ample footprint to add attractions and accomplished this goal.

From this Marketing Development Plan, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained to be part of the design team for an addition to the Wayne Gray Sports Complex. The addition includes 22,000 sq. ft. of water space.

Following another major expansion in 2014, the facility boasts a new 10,000 sq. ft. wave pool, 700 sq. ft. sprayground, and two signature waterslide rides (Boomerango and Colorado Drop) as well as a new 3,350 sq. ft. concessions building and a 3,300 sq. ft. wave pool building.

Counsilman-Hunsaker also prepared the City of Baytown with job descriptions, Texas health code requirements, on-site workshops to understand water chemistry, and proper use of the pool equipment. A Standard Operating Procedure Manual was written for the new aquatic staff, covering all the necessary information and procedures for a long lasting, properly run aquatic center.

Pool Type

Outdoor 25 Yard

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Water Park

Project Service

Design Services

Operations Services

Feasibility Study


Completed 2014


Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Project Amenities

Aquatic Features

25-yard lap/fitness pool

Two pirate-themed children’s play features

Pirate-themed crossing activity

670 ft. lazy river


Bowl slide

Four lane mat racer slide

Two body flume waterslides with run outs

Two raft waterslides

Two zero beach entries

Climbing wall

Wet deck with bubblers, spraying palms, and pirate- themed features

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