St. Charles City-Wide Aquatics Master Plan (Study)

St. Charles, MO


The City of St. Charles Parks & Recreation Department (SCPRD) retained the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and Kimley-Horn & Associates to provide services for the assessment of existing facilities and to develop a long-range Citywide Aquatic Facilities Master Plan for facility improvements. Analysis included inspection, evaluation, and recommendation for renovation, redevelopment and/or replacement with new facilities on existing or alternative sites. The team also met with numerous stakeholders and gathered demographic information.

SCPRD currently owns and operates three outdoor aquatic facilities located in Wapelhorst Park, Blanchette Park and McNair Park. Blanchette and McNair Facilities opened in 1992 and Wapelhorst opened in 1996. Due to the age of the pools each has reached physical and functional obsolescence. The planning effort focused on providing an assessment of the existing facilities including the pool, the bathhouse, mechanical room, parking lot and other support spaces.

Counsilman-Hunsaker developed multiple aquatic center concepts, each with varying degrees of emphasis on aquatic competition, training, and recreation programming components. Each included associated project costs, attendance, revenue and expense, and recapture rate.

Small Outdoor Family Aquatic Center    

6,000 sq. ft. water surface area including zero-depth entry, waterslide, children’s water feature, four lane lap pool, and 5,000 sq. ft. of building space

Medium Outdoor Family Aquatic Center  

13,000 sq. ft. water surface area including zero-depth entry, current channel, multiple waterslides, children’s water feature, six lane lap pool, and 5,000 sq. ft. of building space

Large Outdoor Family Aquatic Center  

20,000 sq. ft. of water surface area including zero-depth entry leisure pool, lazy river, multiple waterslides, children’s water feature, and 8,000 sq. ft. of building space

Indoor Wellness Pool  

6,000 sq. ft. indoor wellness aquatic center with four fitness lap lanes

Small Indoor Aquatic/Community Center  

36,000 sq. ft. indoor aquatic center with six lane, 25-yard lap pool, zero-depth entry leisure pool, current channel, slide and fitness lap lanes

Medium Indoor Aquatic/Community Center  

45,000 sq. ft. indoor aquatic center with 50-meter competition pool, zero-depth entry leisure pool, current channel, and slide fitness lap lanes

Small Sprayground  

1,500 sq. ft. sprayground

Large Sprayground  

3,000 sq. ft. sprayground



Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Feasibility Study


Completed 2015


Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

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