River Rapids Waterpark

Ste. Genevieve, MO


In 2017, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained by Ste. Genevieve County to develop conceptual options and scenarios for consideration by the county for an outdoor waterpark. The Outdoor Aquatic Facility Feasibility Study identified the aquatic needs for the county and presented potential facility spaces that met those needs.

Meetings were held with several stakeholder groups and the Aquatic Facility Steering Committee. The county envisioned a facility that not only met the needs of swimmers in the community but also provided a destination with unique amenities and features to attract visitors from outside the community. To meet the goals of the county’s vision, a variety of options were explored for aquatic centers, ranging from small, medium, to large. The feasibility study provided a space program analysis and project costs for three conceptual options, each detailing site-specific construction estimates with line item costs for the proposed space. Along with each concept, the team provided a revenue and expense analysis to illustrate a complete picture of what the facility would cost to build and operate. From the proposed options, the county chose a preferred option in which additional concept designs were explored.

Pleased with the results of the study, the county decided to move forward with the design of a 98,968 sq. ft. family aquatic center with a budget of $10 million.

In addition to study and design services, Counsilman-Hunsaker provided pre-opening and training services which included a Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FFE) analysis, Standard Operating Procedures manual creation, and onsite training for facility staff. The FFE analysis included an analysis of the equipment required for facility operation and quote gathering to deliver preferred pricing from industry partners and providers, ultimately saving the County an estimated $48,000.

Aquatics International Dream Designs

Aquatics International


Pool Type

Outdoor 25 Yard

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Water Park

Project Service

Design Services

Feasibility Study

Most Recent Project

Completed 2019


Incite Design Studio

Project Amenities

The new outdoor aquatic facility opened in July 2019 and features 25-yard lap pool with six lap lanes, a 4,000 sq. ft. wading pool, vortex, large underwater sundeck, climbing wall, numerous children’s play features, and a 35 ft. tall slide tower with four unique slides. Also featured is a 13,000 sq. ft. lazy river that includes rapids propelled by a wave generation system. The spacious deck space that surrounds and encompasses the water features allows for easy access to all areas while providing plenty of areas for lounging and sun bathing, plus an eating area. The water park also has a support building that houses such spaces as the ticket entrance booth, administrative space, family changing areas, showers, locker area, indoor party room, pool equipment room, concessions, and support and mechanical spaces for the facility.

Counsilman-Hunsaker was able to take our vision of what we hoped this new aquatic center could be and far exceeded our expectations. They have been prompt in answering questions and thorough in explaining the reasons behind every answer. We tool‹ a very outside the box type of approach and concept because we did not want to limit our project in any way for our new outdoor aquatic center. – Brad Arnold

98,968 sq. ft. family aquatic center

25-yard pool with six lap lanes

4,000 sq. ft. wading pool


large underwater sundeck

climbing wall

numerous children’s play features

35 ft. tall slide tower with four unique slides

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