Kirksville Aquatic Center



  • Kirksville, MO
  • Completed June 2021
  • 10,362 sq. ft. of water surface area


Kirksville’s original aquatic facility opened in 1999, and featured an indoor lap pool as well as an outdoor leisure pool. The Aquatic Center served the community well, and in 2016, a feasibility study found that major renovations would be needed in order to keep the facility operable. Kirksville City Council elected to proceed with the planning and design of a new aquatic facility after the successful passing of a 1/2 cent sales tax.

Water Edge Aquatic Design worked with the architect and landscape architect to revitalize and improve the Kirksville Aquatic Center in 2018. Improvements included renovating the outdoor pool, indoor pool, and building. Portions of the pool structures were salvaged and incorporated into the improvements to maximize the project budget.

Public engagement was a critical piece of the planning process. Public meetings and an online survey were conducted to collect feedback about what the facility should offer and how community members wanted to utilize the facility.

The community had a strong interest in programming, and the needs of those programs were considered. The indoor pool was designed to allow for swim team practice and lap swimming, water walking, and water aerobics, while being able to expand who could utilize the facility by adding in shallow water. The outdoor pool was designed to offer fun and more modern features, with attention to not increase the lifeguard demand and creating spaces for varying abilities and activity levels.