Aquatics Facilities Master Plan

Community Wide Aquatics Master PlanThe City of Durham Parks and Recreation Department commissioned an Aquatic Facilities Master Plan study in July of 2016 as a follow up to the Swimming Pool Assessment Study completed in 2015. The Assessment Study found that advanced age, condition issues and functional obsolescence were issues for many of the City’s Aquatic Facilities. The Aquatic Facilities Master Plan was prepared by RATIO and Counsilman-Hunsaker, in consultation with the Durham General Services and Parks and Recreation Department staff, stakeholder groups, and the public.

Aquatics Facilities Master Plan Report 

Check out the full report or read some of the highlights below.

Goals of the Master Plan
  • Guide the future development of Aquatic Facilities for the City of Durham
  • Provide facilities for the entire community
  • Determine the needs of four user groups including Recreation, Instruction, Competition, and Therapy/Wellness
Needs Assessment
Public Outreach played a significant part of the Assessment and consisted of:
  • Survey, over 500 responses received
  • Stakeholder Meetings: 6 stakeholder groups
  • Open House Public Events
  • Pop-Up Events
Data Collection included consideration of the existing facilities analysis provided in the Pool Assessment Study, determining market area demographics, current and projected future population, age distribution, weather, aquatic trends, sustainable construction and economic growth. An Area Provider Analysis was conducted to identify alternate local aquatics offerings that may impact development of a recommended master plan approach.

Master Plan Recommendations
High Priority
  • Large Outdoor including 50M Lanes, Waterslides, Beach Entry, Lazy River & Play Structure
  • Large Indoor with Sprayground including 50M Lanes, Waterslides, Lazy River, Beach Entry, Diving Platforms & Sprayground
  • Sprayground including Water Features and Shade Structures attached to some facilities
Future Priority
  • Medium Indoor
  • Small Outdoor
  • Medium Indoor with Small Outdoor
  • Medium Indoor with Sprayground
Next Steps
Exploring Potential Partnership Opportunities
  • Continue conversations with potential partners
  • Funding options
  • Utilize site selection criteria from Master Plan to explore potential new sites
  • Perform feasibility studies
  • Land acquisition
  • Design


Durham Aquatics Facilities Master Plan Report
The Master Plan process detailed in this report included data collection, development of a needs assessment, conceptual plans of potential facilities, and a recommended implementation strategy. The report is to be adopted as an addendum to the City of Durham Parks and Recreation Master Plan (2013).

Durham Aquatics Facilities Master Plan Fact Sheet
Highlights from the complete Aquatics Facilities Master Plan Report.

Voting Board Results 
Results from public workshops held during August 2016.

Aquatic Trends and Considerations Presentation 
Presented during public workshops and stakeholder meetings.

For information, contact Jackie Turner.