In April 2005, Counsilman – Hunsaker completed facility audits on seven outdoor pools for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. The audits determined the current lifecycle of the facilities and provided options for extending its use. Areas of study included pool finishes, recirculating system, piping, fittings, valves, filtration system, overflow recovery system, water chemistry treatment system, pump, flow meters, gauges, and controls.
In July 2006, the Parish of East Baton Rouge once again retained Counsilman-Hunsaker and Kimley Horn and Associates to conduct a Feasibility Study in order to advise the Parish on how to proceed with options that would stimulate activity, maintain a high profile for community amenities, and to recover costs. Several public meetings were held so that the BREC Commission could get input regarding the future of aquatics for its citizens.
Kimley-Horn and Counsilman-Hunsaker were involved in all these meetings and shared ideas with the public. This input was used to develop the final Master Plan which included specific demographic and marketplace demands for aquatic recreational experiences, and the team developed several options and associated project costs for consideration and review.
Pleased with the results from the study, in January 2008, the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and Kimley-Horn were once again retained by the Parish to design the new Liberty Lagoon in Baton Rouge, completed in May 2011. The facility includes an outdoor 17,000 sq. ft. leisure pool complete with a bowl slide, two family waterslides, 430 ft. long lazy river, interactive play structure, vortex, crossing activity, large wet deck interior to the lazy river, and a 600 sq. ft. sprayground.