The Aquatic Facilities Master Plan for the City of North Port assessed current conditions and needs of the community to guide future programming, site selection, renovations, and new construction of aquatic facilities. The design team of Kimley-Horn and Associates and Counsilman-Hunsaker collected data, gathered community input through stakeholder meetings and a public forum in January 2010. A “toolbox” of options presented a wide variety of solutions derived from community and political input to meet the diverse needs of North Port residents.
The team evaluated the community participation data, analyzed financial impacts, and developed conceptual alternatives. Alternatives were evaluated on the basis of the effectiveness of response to the community’s needs as well as likely capital costs, revenues, and expenditures.
Preliminary findings were presented to the City Commission at a workshop in February 2010. Wellness programming, lesson programming, league swimming, family aquatic centers, splash pads, and waterparks were evaluated and the study was finalized in April 2010.