Heights Family Aquatic Center

Richardson, TX


In 2009, MHS Planning & Design LLC and Counsilman-Hunsaker were retained by the city to conduct a feasibility and master planning study for the creation of a new aquatics facility, aiming to meet the needs of their citizens for the next 50 years. The city responded favorably to the recommended strategy to design an outdoor aquatic center largely because families in this progressive community demanded a more interactive and enjoyable experience.


2014 - ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

Design Excellence Award

TRAPS North Region Conference


Pool Type

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Feasibility Study


Completed 2013


Brinkley Sargent Architects

Project Amenities

Designed by Brinkley Sargent Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker, Heights Family Aquatics Center opened in July 2013, replacing the existing 50-year-old public pool. Richardson residents achieved a milestone in the renewal of one of the city’s more established neighborhoods with something new and blue. It is the first aquatics facility the city has built in decades. The aquatic center is located next to the new Heights Recreation Center, which opened in May 2013. Both facilities were funded through the 2010 Bond Program and are designed to fit with the surrounding neighborhoods’ mid century modern architecture.


8,400 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

Current channel

Wet deck with multiple lounge chairs


Water basketball

Instructional water area

Zero entry with interactive play unit

Grand Stair entry

Four 25-yard lap lanes

Double-flume waterslide with runouts

660 sq. ft. tot pool

Play structure

Tot slide

Spray features

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