212 - Time to Change? Developing a Destination Splash Park Versus Renovating Your Municipal Pool
Joseph Brusseau, Principal, Hitchcock Design Group; Eric Hornig, Principal, Hitchcock Design Group; Tim Girmscheid, Manager of Planning Services, Waukegan Park District
Many municipalities are faced with the sobering reality regarding the development and operational costs of renovating and maintaining multiple municipal pools. A current trend in the market for municipalities and park districts with multiple pools is to create a destination splash park. This session will address the benefits of developing a destination splash park in lieu of renovating the municipal pool, including increased bather load, lower staffing, lower operational costs, an extended season, and the opportunity to increase revenue through rentals and special events.
- Understand the benefits of developing a destination splash park versus renovating a municipal pool.
- Understand the construction and operational costs, budgeting, scheduling, and permitting requirements for this type of project.
- Understand secondary treatment options to control waterborne illnesses, applicable health codes, permit requirements, maintenance requirements, sustainability options, and available control and mechanical systems.