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  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Feasibility Study
  • StatusCompleted 2009
  • ArchitectMHS Planning & Design, LLC


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Richardson City-Wide Master Plan (Study)

Richardson, TX

In 2009, the City of Richardson retained MHS Planning & Design LLC, and Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide aquatic facility options and citywide master planning strategies that would help the city implement an aquatic facilities system to meet the needs of their citizens for the next 50 years. The scope of the project included:

  • ┬áMeeting with city representatives
  • Touring the site and region
  • Identifying area aquatic providers to understand the amenities, programs, and fees of those facilities
  • Identifying potential user groups through demographics of the market area
  • Reviewing national trends in recreation, fitness, therapy, and aquatics to determine amenities and programs
  • Recommending aquatic facilities that meet current and future community needs for health and safety
  • Producing project costs projections
  • Determining a master plan

Based on seven initial options studied, it was recommended that the city replace the old Arapaho Pool with a new neighborhood family aquatic center, add a new indoor pool in the city, add a new neighborhood family aquatic center and a sprayground to the northeast area of the city, and continue operating the remaining outdoor pools for the next 5-10 years.For the first phase, the city funded $4 million for the design and construction of the new family aquatic center. In July 2013, the city celebrated the grand opening of the new Heights Family Aquatics Center. The facility was designed by Brinkley Sargent Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker, replacing the existing 50-year-old public pool. The new aquatic center features an 8,400 sq. ft. leisure pool complete with a current channel, wet deck, vortex, instructional water area, stair entry, three 25-yard lap lanes, double-tube waterslide, and a 660 sq. ft. tot pool with a play structure, tot slide, and spray features