• Pool Type Indoor 25-Yard, Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2016 & 2018
  • ArchitectMSH Architects


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Mitchell Aquatic Center

Mitchell, SD

In 2015, the City of Mitchell voters approved the construction of an $8 million-dollar indoor aquatic center. The new Recreation Center completed in July 2018 includes an indoor aquatic center, basketball courts, weight room, cardio room, locker room, racquetball courts, fitness on request, adult classes, and free consultation with fitness coordinator and towel service. Aquatic Amenities include:

4,500 sq. ft. Competition Pool

  • Eight 25-yard lap lanes
  • Stair entry
  • Two 1-meter diving boards
  • Climbing wall
  • Water basketball
  • Water volleyball

4,100 sq. ft. Recreation Pool

  • Four 60 ft. lap lanes
  • Aqua Zip’N
  • Dropslide
  • Runout waterslide
  • Vortex
  • Tot slide
  • Log roll
  • Floatable raft
  • Underwater bench

In addition to design services, Counsilman-Hunsaker was contracted by the city to provide pre-opening which included developing a Standard Operating Procedures Manual, Pre-Opening Startup Tools, and a facility-specific Business Plan, as well as providing an assessment of operational needs.

The city also retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to develop a Recreation Master Plan for their existing recreation center. The study determined how the facility would be programmed and staffed; determined potential user groups for the new facility; and made projections regarding operational costs for re-purposing the pool space, renovating the entire building, and overall renovation and expansion.