Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center

Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center

Urbana, Illinois

The Urbana Park District wished to re-envision the northeast corner of Crystal Lake Park, the city’s oldest park, as a new facility designed to serve a wide segment of Urbana’s growing population. The Park District engaged RATIO to guide a public design process that led to the master plan for a 16-acre “Family Fun Zone” that includes a new playground, expanded parking, and a new aquatic center.

Urbana Park District

After an intensive public participation process and close coordination with the park district staff, Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center opened to rave reviews. The facility features an eight-lane competition pool, plunge pool, nature-based water play feature, zero depth entry pool, sprayground, and a new administration and bathhouse building.

Extensive public input resulted in a referendum to authorize the facility’s creation passing after two previous attempts had failed.