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Heights Family Aquatic Center
Richardson, TX
  • Pool Type Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services, Impact Study
  • StatusCompleted 2013
  • ArchitectBrinkley Sargent Architects

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In 2009, MHS Planning & Design LLC and Counsilman-Hunsaker were retained by the city to conduct a feasibility and master planning study for the creation of a new aquatics facility, aiming to meet the needs of their citizens for the next 50 years. The city responded favorably to the recommended strategy to design an outdoor aquatic center largely because families in this progressive community demanded a more interactive and enjoyable experience.

Designed by Brinkley Sargent Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker, Heights Family Aquatics Center opened in July 2013, replacing the existing 50-year-old public pool. Richardson residents achieved a milestone in the renewal of one of the city’s more established neighborhoods with something new and blue. It is the first aquatics facility the city has built in decades. The aquatic center is located next to the new Heights Recreation Center, which opened in May 2013. Both facilities were funded through the 2010 Bond Program and are designed to fit with the surrounding neighborhoods’ midcentury modern architecture. Amenities of the aquatic center feature:

8,400 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

  • Current channel
  • Wet deck with multiple lounge chairs
  • Vortex
  • Water basketball
  • Instructional water area
  • Zero entry with interactive play unit
  • Grand Stair entry
  • Four 25-yard lap lanes
  • Double-flume waterslide with runouts

660 sq. ft. tot pool with play structure, tot slide, and spray features

Publications and Awards:

2014 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

2014 – ‘Recreation Facility Design Excellence’ Award TRAPS North Region Conference