In 1995, St. Peters, located in St. Charles County just west of St. Louis County, had experienced a population and industry boom that allowed the city to finance a new recreation facility without raising taxes. At the same time, St. Louis County was committed to building an Olympic-size pool for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival. The two counties decided to combine their efforts, resulting in a comprehensive 124,000-SF sports and recreation complex called the “Rec-Plex.”
The natatorium wing of the Rec-Plex contains a 50-meter competition pool with a moveable bulkhead, a diving tank, permanent seating for 900 spectators and space for an additional 2,100 temporary seats. The shallow end floor can be raised to deck level and lowered to a depth of two meters to allow for deep-water racing starts. The 3,500-SF leisure pool features a corkscrew waterslide, a river current channel, a zero-depth beach entry, a vortex, a “raindrop” water fountain, a 12-person whirlpool and a sauna.
An indoor NHL-sized ice arena and inline skating rink has a warm-up room and 500 spectator seats. Other components include a two-court gymnasium with a suspended track; a rock climbing wall; aerobic, dance, and combative studios and weight training rooms; a food court; a game room; a childcare room; and celebration rooms.