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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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.

1st Quarter Update
January 2022

Information regarding construction costs and funding options was presented to the City Council at the November 15 Work Session. The City Council gave consensus to move forward with the Aquatics and Recreation Center without the need to hold a bond election due to the success of previous surveys and community input sessions. The RFQ for architectural services was advertised in Q1. Staff anticipates that an architectural firm will be selected and a professional services agreement brought forth for City Council approval in Q2. Staff will begin conducting Town Hall Meetings to gather additional public input in Q3.