Study Overview

In 1990, the Recreation/Senior Center opened as a state-of-the-art facility. Over the past twenty-five years, staff maintains the facility well, adapting to growing demands and fitness trends. Considering time, technology, lifestyle changes, and an aging population, citizen and leadership interests have emerged to explore how to best update the Center and aquatics facilities for the future.

The purpose of the Recreation/Senior Center and Aquatic Center Expansion Study is to:

  • Evaluate current community needs and demands on the existing facilities and programs housed within them
  • Determine what updates may be warranted, and
  • Provide design and budget proposals for potential updating based on issues, trends, and public feedback


Discussions about the need to update Louisville's recreation facilities emerged at an April 2015 City Council Study Session.

Following staff reports in fall 2015, City Council authorized the issuance of an RFP for design services to include: Evaluating the current facilities, creating conceptual plans and estimated capitol and operating budgets for updates/expansion, and conducting public outreach and a community support survey.

After adopting a resolution for a citizen task force in September, Council confirmed appointments in October 2015. The City selected Sink Combs Dethlefs as the consulting firm for the study and conceptual designs.

Input from the public on demand and design options started in December 2015.

A similar study was last conducted in 2002, resulting in a bond question presented for voter approval that included a new library, renovated recreation/senior center, and a new outdoor pool facility. While this bond did not pass in 2002, a separate one for the library did pass the following year.

Process & Schedule

The Recreation/Senior Center and Aquatics Expansion Study will be developed September 2015 through July 2016. Public outreach, events, and other engagement activities will occur throughout the plan development.

Phase 1: August-October 2015
Focus on initiating the project, developing an inventory of existing conditions and an analysis of future opportunities.

Phase 2: November 2015-January 2016
Visioning process with broad involvement from citizens to establish a unified vision to determine community demand and to guide the design process.

Phase 3: February-May 2016
Develop Expansion Options and Associated Expenses, then revisit public outreach to receive feedback on proposals.

Phase 4: June-July 2016
Determine funding options and strategies to implement update plans and present to City Council for final consideration.

How Can I Get Involved?

The engagement of residents, business owners, students, employees, and other community members will be essential to the success of the study. There will be numerous opportunities to join the conversation and share your vision for the future of recreation in Louisville including listening sessions, open houses, online surveys, and other activities.You can stay involved by signing up for our email list to receive updates on this study.

Past Events

March 2-10, 2016 | Recreation Survey
Survey Results

December 9, 2015 | Recreation/Senior Center
and Aquatics Facilities Open House

December 2, 2015 | Memory Square/Aquatics Open House

December 2-31, 2015 | Questionnaire Feedback Collected