The former Naval Training Center has been transformed into a new urban village called Liberty Station. Following several years of planning, including extensive public involvement, the San Diego City Council adopted a final Reuse Plan in October 1998, charting a new course for NTC. The area is now a gathering place where San Diegans and visitors come together in an active, productive, and stimulating environment. New homes, parks, and businesses, as well as cultural and educational facilities, have transformed the former Navy base into a vital waterfront community.
In 2001, Counsilman-Hunsaker and The Corky McMillin Companies were retained to conduct an Aquatic Feasibility Study which provided aquatic programming components in varying degrees for the residents of San Diego and for hosting major swimming events. Four concepts were developed ranging from 50-meter competition pools with temporary deck level seating to outdoor leisure aquatic components for recreational use. All options aimed to significantly improve and expand useable program space and provide upgraded and modernized amenities for the community.