As the third largest city in California and the tenth largest city in America, San Jose's goal is to provide high quality public facilities to meet the growing needs of the community.
In light of the city's aging aquatic infrastructure, a growing disparity between service need and capacity as well as the opening of new family aquatic centers in nearby cities, prompted the City of San Jose to create a vision for aquatic programming through a Citywide Aquatic Master Plan.
The plan, conducted by Counsilman-Hunsaker, was based upon extensive research, including a comprehensive community process that identified user needs, a market analysis, cost projections, and an implementation strategy for a comprehensive aquatic system.
Four concepts for continuing aquatic improvement for the City of San Jose provided construction and project costs, as well as revenue projections and operational expenses. Implementation strategy recommendations were developed to maximize the city's investment in aquatic services.
Based upon the facts from the study, in 2008, the city retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to commence the revitalization process by making improvements to the Alviso and Biebrach pools, planning two new family aquatic centers, and providing a Master Plan for site selection for District 2, all to enhance the aquatic opportunities in San Jose.