In 2004, Nault Architects commissioned Counsilman Hunsaker on behalf of the City of Worcester to complete an aquatic and architectural audit of each of the nine city pools. The study also included an analysis of the five beaches managed by the City. The audit provided the Park and Recreation Department an assessment and the associated costs for aquatic and architectural planning improvements to achieve new standards for each facility.
Several goals were considered including identifying safety items, addressing maintenance and operational problems, offer recommendations as to the most effective and efficient strategy for the future aquatics needs of the City, and project costs associated with recommended changes.
A subsequent Feasibility Study was conducted and examined the results of the audit and utilized these results to consider the potential cost to incorporate new aquatic facilities in the community that would replace or augment the existing facilities. The Feasibility Study projected financial performances for five options, which included a natatorium, sprayground and/or an outdoor leisure facility.
As requested by the City, the purpose of the proposed new facilities would be to enhance the opportunities for increasing market share in the community and provide aquatic experiences common in other parts of Massachusetts and the northeast.