In 2000, the City of Sioux Falls retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to assess their existing aquatic facilities and to provide options for renovation and/or replacement. Each concept was analyzed and estimates were provided for construction costs, attendance, and operating revenue. In April 2006, the city commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to update the original study and integrate the previous study work with the concept for a 50-meter pool along with an 8,000 sq. ft. indoor leisure pool. Estimates for construction costs, attendance, and operating revenue were updated as well.
In 2013, the city once again retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide a City-Wide Aquatic Facilities Master Plan that would focus on the need, if any, for improved or new aquatic facilities to serve the community, currently and in the future. The plan included reviewing all existing aquatic facilities located within the city including Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center, Laurel Oak Family Aquatic Center, Terrace Park Family Aquatic Center, Frank Olson Pool, Kuehn Park Pool (and associated wading pool), Spellerberg Park Pool, McKennan Park wading pool, and Pioneer Spray Park. The plan also provided aquatic recommendations for social, recreational, competitive, wellness, and educational activities more aligned with the progression of the city.
The Aquatic Master Plan scope of work included:
- Recommendations regarding new and existing aquatic facilities to meet current and future community needs over the next 10 to 15 years.
- Projections regarding project costs, operating costs, and customer demand.
- Implementation of strategies for the future of the City of Sioux Falls aquatics facilities.
Pleased with the results of the study, Counsilman-Hunsaker was once again retained for aquatic design services for a new facility located at Spellerberg Park, named MIDCO Aquatic Center. The facility features competition and recreational amenities such as a 13,000 sq. ft. competition pool, a 6,000 sq. ft. recreation pool, a 1,500 sq. ft. therapy pool and a 2,600 sq. ft. outdoor sprayground.
In 2019, the City hired PROS Consulting to provide a comprehensive Park Systems Master Plan. As part of this plan, Counsilman-Hunsaker was once again hired to update the Aquatic Master Plan. The goal was to align the aquatic system plan with the overall parks plan. This included updating the concepts and associated costs from the 2013 plan based on the current demographics and updated needs assessment, along with a new set of phasing recommendations.