Splash Cove Family Aquatics Center

Decatur, IL


In 2014, The Decatur Park District commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide a swimming pool audit of the Fairview Family Aquatic Center. Counsilman-Hunsaker inspected the two outdoor bodies of water which included a six lane lap pool and a sprayground. To assist in defining a course of action regarding the future of the facility, an opinion of probable construction cost was provided for recommended repairs for long-term use.

In 2016, Counsilman-Hunsaker conducted a feasibility study regarding the renovation of the 25-year-old Fairview Family Aquatic Center. Several options were developed, an option to renovate the existing facility and an option for a full replacement with a new aquatic center, thus giving the city a comparison of costs and future pro forma for all scenarios.

The pool is a major aspect of the district's water park project, which has been a part of its lakefront development plans for more than five years. In November 2016, the board unanimously opted to build a new aquatic center in Nelson Park rather than renovating the aging Fairview Park Pool.


Pool Type

Outdoor 25 Yard

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Feasibility Study


Completed 2020


Architectural Expressions

Project Amenities

The water park was funded from a $10.7 million alternate revenue bond that will be repaid over 20 years. The Park District also received an additional $3 million through the Build Illinois Bond Fund for the lazy river addition. Aquatic amenities of the 15,866 sq. ft. aquatic center include:

4,750 sq. ft. Competition Pool

Featuring eight 25-yard lap lanes, stair entry, 1-meter and 3-meter diving, climbing wall, and zip line

10,300 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

Featuring zero beach entry, play structure, tot slides, spray features, underwater shelf, underwater bench, three stair entries, vortex, and a water walk

600 sq. ft. Wading Pool

Featuring a zero entry, water table, and spray features

6,000 sq. ft. Lazy River

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