|Roeland Park Aquatic Center to close May 5 through 9 for summer preparations|
The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will close to the public for portions of three weeks as annual preparations are made for the facility’s summer season.
The RPAC, which is located at 4843 Rosewood Dr. just east of the Roeland Park Community Center, will be closed from May 5 through 9. During this time, Johnson County Park & Recreation District staff will take down the air-supported dome which covers the 50-meter main pool from September through May. It takes 50 to 60 people, working on tarps used to temporarily cover the pool, to move and fold the 6,800 pounds of fabric which makes up the dome.
In addition to the five days when the RPAC is completely closed, the facility will have limited hours on May 10 through 22 when the main pool will be open for regular lap swimming hours, except for May 17, when the facility will be completely closed. On May 10, open and lap swimming hours are noon to 5 pm. On May 11, these hours are noon - 4 pm for lap swimming only. On May 12 through 15, lap swimming hours are 6 am to 4:30 pm and 7 to 8 pm for lap swimming and from noon to 4 pm for open swimming. On May 16, lap swimming hours are 6 am to 4 pm, while open swimming hours are noon to 4 pm. on May 18, lap swimming hours are noon to 4 pm. On May 19 through 22, lap swimming hours are 6 am to 4:30 pm, while open swimming hours are 12 noon to 4 pm.
When it reopens to the general public on Friday, May 23, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the RPAC will have been converted to an aquatic theme park featuring not only the main pool but a number of other facilities located outside the dome, which are only operated during the summer months. These include: a 120-foot water slide, an eight-foot wide group slide and a separate youth pool with a whale slide and “lemon drop” sprayers.