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Aquatics Study

In 2018, Lenexa Parks & Recreation commissioned a study of the city’s aquatics facilities and their ability to serve community needs in a fiscally responsible way. Waters Edge Aquatic Design was hired to evaluate facility conditions, identify modernization strategies, predict the demand for aquatics facilities, and estimate expenses for future capital improvements. The assessment focused largely on the outdoor pools: Ad AstraIndian Trails and Flat Rock Creek

Analysis at a glance

  • Lenexa’s existing outdoor pools are large and expensive to operate.

  • Pools are located in close proximity to each other.

  • Pools are concentrated in eastern portion of city.

  • Facilities have aged and lack modern amenities that attract attendance (only about 45,000 visits per year between all three outdoor pools).

  • High expenses and low revenue results in significant subsidy to operate outdoor pools.
When considering changes to Lenexa’s outdoor aquatics facilities and programming, Waters Edge Aquatic Design advises that Lenexa add modern amenities; look for ways to serve the growing population including the western part of the city; and reduce the overall size of outdoor pool facilities to improve financial and operating conditions.

Proposed recommendations

Lenexa Aquatics Study Draft Report - January 2019 (PDF)

Several strategies were evaluated to meet the goals: a neighborhood approach, a regional approach and a central water park option. The study proposed the following recommendations:
  • Maintain Flat Rock Creek Pool as is.

  • Close Ad Astra Pool due to:

    • Close proximity to Indian Trails.

    • Low attendance.

    • Lack of amenities.

    • Poorest physical condition and accessibility.

    • Large size and expense to operate.

  • Construct a water park, preferably at new centrally located site rather than at existing Indian Trails Aquatic Center location.

    • Provides amenities and programming at a smaller overall size compared to Lenexa’s current combined facilities.

    • Offers the most attractive facility that draws positive attendance and revenue, resulting in minimal or no operating subsidy.

  • Add splash pad amenities in one or more parks to enhance access to water recreation.

Next steps

The study provided several options for consideration in addressing the future of Lenexa’s outdoor aquatics. Implementing the central water park strategy with two splash parks is estimated to cost $16 million to $19 million. Based on initial feedback received, city staff and the consultant will review additional options and present those to the Council at a future date. Upon approval, final recommendations would have to be considered as part of a future Capital Improvement Program budget. Currently, there is no identified funding source for these improvements. 

Ad Astra Pool is likely to be permanently closed after the 2019 summer season. Indian Trails Aquatic Center and Flat Rock Creek Pool can accommodate the existing outdoor aquatics programs that would be transitioned from Ad Astra Pool. Staff are exploring ideas for repurposing the Ad Astra Pool site and will work with surrounding neighborhoods and stakeholders to seek input on proposed changes.

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