A Place To Play

• Building materials. Reusing the pavilion as part of the pool development was the first step in sustainable thinking. The structure was old and in need of maintenance, but could successfully serve the needs of the new aquatic center. By reusing the structure, minimal new materials were required, and the character of the park was maintained.

• Parking. When planning for increased visitors, parking was bound to be an issue. Fortunately, the existing parking facilities were adequate to meet the anticipated needs. The existing infrastructure at the park was repaired where needed, and the traffic to and from the pool has been successfully managed.

• Landscaping. Native perennial plantings and grasses were used in landscape designs surrounding the pool. Additionally, a bio-filtration system for water runoff was installed to ensure better water-quality discharge to the Milwaukee River.

Although difficult to address so shortly after the center’s opening, history indicates that county park aquatic centers are extremely popular. They attract a large number of visitors and generate revenues that support the park system as a whole. The return on investment can be considered in a financial light, but also as a quality-of-life factor. Adding a family-centered activity destination has an intrinsic community value.

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