Lenexa tests the waters for future aquatics investments

Lenexa tests the waters for future aquatics investments
Posted on 06/01/2021
Aquatics Study Phase 2 draft report released (over photo of pool)

After several years of professional evaluation and public engagement, Lenexa’s Parks & Recreation Department is wrapping up a study about the future of the City’s aging outdoor public pools. Aquatics Study findings will guide City leadership on how to invest in a sustainable aquatics system that best serves our growing community.

About the study

Phase I of the study, completed in 2019, looked at population and market analyses, existing facility conditions and possible modernization strategies. Phase II, which is coming to a close, engaged the public in learning about the City of Lenexa’s outdoor pool challenges. It also explored community preferences and priorities for aquatic programs and pool features.

One of the study’s central questions was whether the City should offer more small aquatics facilities with fewer amenities or fewer aquatics facilities with more amenities. Community responses ultimately showed equal levels of support for both approaches.

Balancing the public’s desires, City of Lenexa needs and aquatics industry trends, the Aquatics Study Phase II preliminary report offers three main recommendations for the future:

  1. Reinvest in and renovate Indian Trails Aquatic Center with the goal of creating a regional-sized aquatic center with the right mix of amenities. This would allow for more efficient operations and maximize usage.

  2. Reduce the overall amount of water surface offered through the outdoor pools. Close Ad Astra Pool (after renovating Indian Trails Aquatic Center) and repurpose it as another recreational amenity. Maintain operation of Flat Rock Creek Pool for the duration of its useful life.

  3. As part of park improvements or Parks and Recreation Master Plan updates, consider incorporating splash pad(s)/splash park(s) to supplement water recreation opportunities.
Read Phase 2 draft study report and appendices

What happens next

Lenexa’s governing body discussed the Aquatics Study Phase II preliminary report at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The governing body is expected to officially accept the study’s completion during a City Council meeting on June 15 at 7 p.m. Accepting the study means that the governing body understands the recommendations made by the consultant, but it does not bind them to implement all of the recommendations.

Decisions about future capital investments in aquatics facilities will be part of the five-year Capital Improvement Program process undertaken later in 2021.

Published June 1, 2021
Updated June 8, 2021