Our Work

Merriam Aquatics Center + Community Center Feasibility Study

Merriam, Kansas

Confluence was an integral team member in the creation of the City of Merriam’s Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan.  The City had previously explored assessment of the existing Merriam Aquatic Center and the Irene B. French Community Center facilities, which included initial ideas and costs for updating each facility.  The purpose of our team’s work was to explore a third option for the City to consider – one that evaluated the potential for a new facility that integrated a community center with indoor and outdoor aquatics.  Our team engaged City staff, identified stakeholders, and the public in a structured planning process to share information, obtain valuable input, and to build consensus for shaping the future concept for what this new facility could become.

This process included the creation of a statistically valid survey to gauge the community’s needs and the exploration of various site and building development concepts.  Confluence led and facilitated a series of stakeholder and community workshops and focus group activities, and collaborated with our multi-disciplinary team to create a variety of concept design alternatives for City consideration.  This included evaluating pro-forma projections and funding options to support this community investment.

Through City staff and our team’s combined efforts to refine and present the master plan recommendations, the City eventually elected to move forward with the creation of a new combined facility to meet the community’s long-term recreational needs.  A referendum to fund the project through the extension of an existing sales tax was eventually approved by public vote – allowing the project to proceed into implementation.