About the McKinley Park Aquatic Center Design

where did the design come from

Approximately one year ago, a small conversation turned into a big dream. With that dream the McKinley Park Aquatic Center Committee was formed. Over the past year, our committee has worked to make that dream a reality. We wanted to create a state of the art facility that would include all populations wanting to be active. Every detail, from design, to features, to program scheduling has our youth, parents, grandparents and everyone in between in mind. 

In June of 2017, our committee asked the City of Creston to engage Waters Edge Aquatic Design in providing a comprehensive feasibility study and concept plan for a facility that met our community's needs. Through months of research, hard work, and community input, Waters Edge working along side the committee & community, developed a concept plan. With that plan a potential budget for construction and a budget for future operation, for the new McKinley Park Aquatic Center was also created.


what are our hopes for the new mckinley park aquatic Center

We hope to provide an aquatic center that is inclusive to all populations, and that will benefit our community with a safe, water themed environment. In doing so we also want to provide enough options that appeal to all family members, ensuring a successful experience. Creating an amenity for the community that is also affordable and offers a place for children of all ages to grow and develop, as we believe positive chance in the community begins with its youngest citizens. 

In addition to this, we hope that the McKinley Aquatic Center will also provide an attraction to people from outside the area, where they can enjoy additional summer fun such as camping, disc golf and our beautiful trails. 


Diving into the facts

This plan utilizes the existing structures as a solid foundation to from, with renovations to the existing wading pool a zero depth entry, toddler cove, and an additional plunge & play zone as well as a Large Current Channel were able to be added to the existing basin. New tall slides would be added to the plunge and play zone, and the existing slide slide would be removed to allow for a large water bench with easy entry stairs into the existing lap pool. The existing diving area would be reworked to include 1 & 3 Meter Diving, rockscape, a climbing wall and a long enclosed drop slide. 

With the renovation of the existing pools the current bathhouse would be saved and renovated as well. The Entry area would be relocated from the center of the building to the side near the new Inclusive Play area, allowing families to enter MPAC together. The concession area would also be near the inclusive play area and the park restrooms.

To provide for a leisurely day at the Aquatic Center, landscaping and grass deck areas, as well as plenty of shade, surrounds and breaks up the concrete pool decks. We wanted to create an environment where our community would not only want to spend the day, but would give them amentities that would allow for a relaxing and fun day at MPAC.


“We need a new pool so I can splash, swim and jump with my friends”

4 year old creston resident  |  community feedback


More Details


Shallow Play Pool

  • Zero Depth & Toddler Zone ..................... 1,209 sf
  • Plunge & Play Zone ................................... 2,605 sf
  • Current Channel ............................................. 917 sf

lap & Diving Pool

  • Lap & Open Swim Zone ..................... 1,877 sf
  • Deep Diving Zone .............................. 1,800 sf

Total Water Surface Area

  • 8,408 sf

Program Components

Current Channel - 116 ft length, Multi Use/Generational Swim Areas, Inclusive Splash Pad & Play Structure, Open Body Slide - 176 ft in length, Family Slide - 43 ft in length, Enclosed Drop Slide - 99 ft in length, Custom Rockscape Diving Waterfalls, Custom Themed Features & Elements, Including Toddler Slide and Spray Features, Renovated Bathhouse, New Concessions + Shaded Lounge Areas. 

Conceptual Design and Renderings Provided by Waters Edge Aquatic Design

Conceptual Design and Renderings Provided by Waters Edge Aquatic Design

design detail images

Select any of the images above for more detail on the concept plan and pool features as well as a 360 VR Rendering of the MPAC area. 

360 degree Virtual Rendering of the concept plan for the future MPAC located in Creston, IA. Please pause the video and use your mouse to pan around the 3D rendered space.

Conceptual Design and 3D VR Renderings Provided by Waters Edge Aquatic Design

Conceptual Design and 3D VR Renderings Provided by Waters Edge Aquatic Design


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