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Aquatics Study

The future of your outdoor pools: learn more and share input nowThe City of Lenexa is working to develop a plan for a sustainable aquatics system that serves our growing community into the future.

During the first phase of the aquatics study process, an outside consultant evaluated Lenexa’s aging outdoor pool facilities. The second phase was to begin in 2020 but due to COVID-19, the study was placed on hold. The Aquatics Study will resume beginning in January of 2021. This will explore the community's preferences and priorities for aquatics offerings going forward. This effort will include engaging the public in learning about the current state of our pools.

The combined results from the two phases of study will help city leadership make informed decisions about future aquatics investments in Lenexa. As funding becomes available and proposals are considered, aquatics study findings will provide a framework for determining what locations and types of aquatics facilities would best meet the needs of the city as a whole. 

Lenexa will begin a process to update its Parks & Recreation master plan at a future date. Aquatics study results will help shape this broader vision to ensure our parks, facilities and program offerings continue to meet the needs of residents in the years ahead. 

Phase 2: Envisioning the future of Lenexa’s aquatics

Throughout early 2021, we will actively engage the public in discussions about the future of aquatics and the right mix of amenities for Lenexa. During the process, you can expect to:
  • Learn about existing outdoor pool conditions.

  • Explore the types and character of future aquatic facility options.

  • Weigh in on priorities for aquatic investment, such as location and cost recovery.

  • Share feedback on desired pool features and activities.
This phase of study will conclude with a summary report of information gathered throughout the public input process, including options and recommendations for the future. 

Timeline of activities

Winter–spring 2020 – Focus groups with key users, such as swim and dive teams, day camp and day care providers, homeowners associations. (Completed)

January 2021 – Statistically valid survey on aquatics perceptions and preferences mailed to a random sampling of Lenexa households. Everyone can learn more and offer feedback about aquatics perceptions and preferences through a variety of methods and tools.

Spring 2021 – Open house and other public input activities.

Spring 2021 – Present summary report of aquatics study public input to Lenexa Governing Body.

Phase 1: Evaluating Lenexa’s current aquatics facilities

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. Lenexa-based consultant Waters Edge Aquatic Design was hired to evaluate facility conditions, identify modernization strategies, predict the demand for aquatics facilities, and estimate expenses for various capital improvement options. The assessment focused largely on the outdoor pools: Ad AstraIndian Trails and Flat Rock Creek. The Lenexa City Council accepted the final report from this phase of the study in July 2019.

Phase 1: Lenexa Aquatics Study Final Report - July 2019 (PDF)

Major findings

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

  • Pools are in close proximity to each other, and all are geographically located in the eastern third of the city (east of I-435).

  • 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 all areas of the city; and reduce the overall size of outdoor pool facilities to be more financially sustainable and responsible. For cost estimation purposes, the study presented a variety of scenarios the city could take when replacing facilities.

Pool operations for 2021 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season looked very different with only one outdoor pool opening. Currently, the City is monitoring the COVID-19 situation to analyze the safest steps for operating in 2021. Please check back for additional details on the 2021 season.

Staff contact

Mandy Danler,, 913.477.7120.

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