• Pool Type Indoor 25-Yard, Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services, Feasibility Study
  • StatusCompleted 2018
  • ArchitectBrinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects


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Das Rec – New Braunfels Recreation Center

New Braunfels, TX

Photos courtesy of Charles Davis Photography

Das Rec came to fruition after a 2013 bond package allocated $16 million for a new recreation center. At that time, the city contacted Counsilman-Hunsaker to conduct a feasibility study for the design of a new recreation center in Landa Park. The study phase included public meetings, stakeholder interviews and charrette sessions. Three concepts were developed for consideration. Operational expense and revenue projections were also developed for various options to help arrive at a preferred option targeting 95% recapture rate.

After seeing the benefits of the community-based facility, the school district offered to fund $2.2 million for a competition lap pool (which provides a home for the district’s swim teams) and a second gymnasium. Also, the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corp funded an additional $5.8 million towards aquatics and an additional gym.

The new 70,000 sq. ft. recreation center includes an aquatic center, a 20,000 sq. ft. gym (which can be divided into four separate areas), an elevated track, machine and free weights area, a child care center, and party rooms.

Aquatic amenities include:

4,500 sq. ft. Competition Pool

  • Eight 25-yard lap lanes

4,500 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

  • Zero beach entry
  • Stair entry
  • Runout waterslide which loops outside one corner of the building and lands next to the leisure pool
  • Current channel
  • Underwater benches
  • Three 25-yard lap lanes
  • Play structure