|Roeland Park Sports Dome Replacement Under way|
The existing air-supported Roeland Park Sports Dome came down in early May and a new one will go up in early June.
Sports and Facilities Manager Jim Armstrong said preparatory work began April 29, including removal of equipment and the existing floor and lights. The old dome came down on April 30. It was anticipated it would take about 30 to 40 maintenance workers to move the heavy fabric that makes up the dome.
Following dome removal, new concrete pads for the dome's doors were to be poured. It is anticipated the new dome will arrive the week of May 7, with installation thereafter, depending on on-site preparatory work to be completed by the dome's manufacturer.
Installation of the new floor was to be installed on June 3 and it is expected the new dome will open for use on for leagues on June 10. In anticipation of the dome replacement, no programs were scheduled at the structure during May.
The old dome was installed in the fall of 1990. With advances in technology, it is anticipated the new dome will last 15 to 20 years.
In lieu of permanent indoor facilities, the Roeland Park Sports Dome and the Tomahawk Sports Dome, 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee, serve the indoor recreational needs for Johnson County Park and Recreation District programming. The domes are used primarily for adult and youth volleyball and basketball.