Statesboro–Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department retained the Kimley Horn and Counsilman-Hunsaker team in March 2006 to develop a five-year aquatic plan for Splash in the ‘Boro Family Aquatic Center and the effect that may resonate on attendance if a substantial waterpark or other neighboring aquatic centers were to open in the region.
Operated since 2004 by the Statesboro–Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department, Splash in the ‘Boro is a well run, state-of-the art outdoor aquatic center located on Highway 24 inside Mill Creek Regional Park. It offers aquatics for competitive, recreational and fitness needs for the community year round.
The study was intended to address the key objectives of the on-going operation of Splash in the ‘Boro Aquatic Center. The consulting team performed a Needs Assessment to determine the local economic impact and the level of service that the park provides. To meet specific demographic and marketplace demands for aquatic recreational experiences, Counsilman Hunsaker developed multiple options and associated project costs for consideration and review. Each concept emphasized recreational aquatics that can be phased over time with consideration to admission and membership fees for both residents and non-residents. Based on the analysis of these options, estimates for project costs, attendance (recreation admission and organized user groups), operating costs, and operating revenues were calculated and conveyed in the Aquatic Master Plan.