Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center

Urbana, IL


The Urbana Park District Board of Commissioners committed to replacing Crystal Lake Park Pool through the passage of a property tax referendum. With broad community support, the first step was to create a concept plan to estimate construction and operating costs of the pool and bathhouse footprint with its desired amenities. Staff and citizens worked together in studying other pools in operation to see how their amenities would best suit the citizens of the Urbana Park District.

Counsilman-Hunsaker, in partnership with Ratio Architects, assisted the park district in the collection and evaluation of data and gathering community input. The team developed multiple concepts and analyzed financial impacts to act as a guide for the replacement of Crystal Lake Pool.

Pool Type

Outdoor 25 Yard x 25 Meter

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Feasibility Study


Completed 2013


Ratio Architects

Project Amenities

Pleased with the results from the study, Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center opened to rave reviews in July 2013. Integrated into Urbana’s oldest park, the new $7.2 million outdoor aquatic center was designed to serve a wide segment of Urbana’s population. The resulting 15,000 sq. ft. facility creates a fun and attractive environment.

5,200 sq. ft. Competition Pool

Eight 25-meter lap lanes with ADA ramp entry

Water basketball

Depths ranging from 3 ft. 6 in. to 6 ft. 6 in.

7,700 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

Zero beach entry

Interactive play structure

Underwater shelf for sunbathing


Open and closed flume waterslides

1,700 sq. ft. Plunge Pool

Drop slide

One-meter diving board

17-foot-high climbing wall

Depths ranging from 12 ft. to 12 ft. 6 in.

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