Raleigh, City of (Study)Raleigh, NC
A comprehensive aquatic Feasibility Study was commissioned in February 2007 by the Raleigh City Council and took approximately one year to complete. The study prepared by Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with Szostak Design, Inc., identified areas for aquatic needs and stated how to best use funding from a recently approved (Fall 2007) Parks and Recreation bond referendum.
The study identified and evaluated current aquatic programming, both locally and nationally, and established a needs analysis for new aquatic space and programming for a future aquatic center.
To meet specific demographic and marketplace demands for aquatic recreational experiences, Counsilman-Hunsaker developed several options and associated project costs for consideration and review. Each concept emphasized recreational aquatics that can be phased over time. Based on the analysis of these options, estimates for project costs, attendance, operating costs, and operating revenues were calculated and conveyed in the study.
In June 2008, Raleigh City Council approved the Phase 1, and once again retained the Counsilman-Hunsaker/Szostak Design team to design a new aquatic center which features a 4,900 sq. ft. indoor leisure pool. Amenities include: zero beach entry, spray rail, a tipping bucket, a tot slide, and several floor jets. Also included are three lap lanes for fitness lap swimming, current channel, and a vortex pool. To entertain the children, there is an open waterslide that exits into a plunge pool.