Martin County Parks and Recreation retained Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with C3TS Architects, to study the sustainability of developing an outdoor aquatic center that would support the year-round competitive, recreation and fitness aquatic needs of its citizens.
This Feasibility Study was based upon extensive research including meetings with representatives of Martin County, the aquatic steering committee, and various local committees.
To meet specific demographic and marketplace demands for aquatic recreational experiences, Counsilman-Hunsaker developed three options and associated project costs for consideration and review. Each concept emphasized recreational aquatics that can be phased over time. Based upon the analysis of these options, estimates for project costs, attendance, operating costs, and operating revenues were calculated and conveyed.
In May 2008, the City officials elected to spend $5 million to build a new 50-meter pool with a diving area on county-owned property on Willoughby Boulevard, across the street from Martin County High. It is estimated it will take approximately two years to plan and build the pool.