Front of Carondelet Park Rec Complex

Recreation for all ages

Carondelet Park Recreation Complex
City of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Following receipt of a grant, the City of St. Louis hired KAI to determine the level of public support for a new community recreation facility on the City’s southside that would be intentionally be oriented to all ages – from youth to seniors. KAI completed a detailed analysis and study regarding the level of interest, desired activities, facilities and amenities, payment options, potential sites and potential partners. The survey’s results revealed that there was significant support for a community recreation complex to serve all residents, especially teenagers, preschool and schoolage children, and seniors.

Based on this community input and the City’s objectives, KAI designed a two-story, 75,000 SF, $14 million community recreation complex located in Carondelet Park. Designers created an open, light-filled, welcoming facility filled with amenities for all ages. Included are a two-court gym with elevated track, two-story fitness center, aerobics rooms, youth game/multipurpose room, senior community space, childcare, an indoor/outdoor dining area, and indoor and outdoor pools. The pools are a popular amenity, featuring zero-depth entry, lazy river, water slide, whirlpool, steam room and sauna, and lap and recreation areas. The outdoor pool also includes a diving board, splash park for children, a preschool pool and a concession area.

KAI used Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to produce working models of the facility, enhancing communication and collaboration among the project team.


Architecture, Interior Design, Building Information Modeling, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Project Management, Cost Estimating, Site Selection, Fire Protection Engineering

"There are few things more central to a lively, dynamic neighborhood than having a meeting point like this one - a safe, vibrant community center. This is a place where you can improve your physical fitness, where you can feel safe about sending your children, and where you can connect with your neighbors."

Mayor Francis G. Slay
former City of St. Louis Mayor

The Impact

City's first new rec center in decades.

The Carondelet Park Rec Complex represents an important project for the City of St. Louis -- it is the first new City recreation center in almost 40 years. As such, it was designed for the community with much community input.

Project Recognition

Environmental Design + Construction Magazine Honorable Mention
LEED Silver Certified