Goal #7

Construct a high Quality AQUATIC and recreation center consistent with the McCowan Park master plan.

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1. Develop a list of approved funding sources to construct the Aquatics and Recreation Center | Parks | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q4

2. Conduct Town Hall Meetings to gather community input | Parks | Start FY 2022 Q1 | Complete FY 2022 Q3

3. Develop a social media education campaign for the facility design process | Parks | Start FY 2022 Q2 | Complete FY 2022 Q3

4. Develop RFQ/RFP to solicit an architectural firm, owners representative, and construction manager at risk for construction | Parks | Start FY 2022 Q2 | Complete FY 2022 Q3

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3rd Quarter Update
July 2022 

In Q3, the City Council approved a professional services agreement with SmithGroup Architectural Firm for the design of the McCowan Park Aquatic & Recreation Center. A steering committee has been established to provide input into the design process. The design team and the steering committee are conducting biweekly meetings to discuss various elements of the proposed facility and provide input to SmithGroup to aid in the design process. Further, City staff and SmithGroup will develop the social media education campaign and begin conducting Town Hall sessions in Q4 to gain additional feedback from the public.

2nd Quarter Update
April 2022 

On April 4, 2022, the DeSoto City Council approved the architectural and engineering services contract to SmithGroup Architectural Firm for the McCowan Park Aquatic & Recreation Center. The anticipated size of the facility will be between 70,000 and 80,000 sq ft and include spaces for fitness, aquatics, mental health, and overall wellness to serve the community. The project is anticipated to pursue LEED certification and expected to cost between $47 and $53 million. SmithGroup and City staff will be conducting outreach sessions in Q3 and Q4 to gather additional input during the design phase.