|Roeland Park Aquatic Center to close May 5 through 8 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 8. 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 60 to 65 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 four days when the RPAC is completely closed, the facility will have limited hours on May 9 through 21 when the main pool will be open for regular lap swimming hours, except for May 16, when the facility will be completely closed. On May 9, open and lap swimming hours are noon to 5 pm. On May 10, these hours are noon - 4 pm for lap swimming only. On May 11 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 17, lap swimming hours are noon to 4 pm. On May 18 through 21, lap swimming hours are 6 am to 4:30 pm, while open swimming hours are noon to 4 pm.
When it reopens to the general public on Friday, May 22, 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.
Individual summer admissions to the RPAC for the summer season are based on ages and residence. Admission for ages two and under is free, regardless of residence. For ages three through 59, the cost is $6 per person for Roeland Park residents, $7 per person for Johnson County residents, and $8 per person for nonresidents. For ages 60 and older, the cost is $5.50 per person for Roeland Park residents, $6.50 per person for Johnson County residents, and $7.50 per person for nonresidents.
Season and annual passes as well as multiple-visit punch cards are also available to both Roeland Park residents and nonresidents. Summer open swim sessions are held daily Monday through Saturday from noon to 7:30 p.m. daily, and from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Several special events, including the Dive in Movie on July 18 featuring Disney's "Big Hero 6," and Back to School Bash and Splash for Cash on Aug. 8 are being planned this summer. The facility is also available for birthday parties.
For information on current happenings at the facility, call the pool at (913) 432-1377.
The RPAC is owned by the City of Roeland Park and is operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. For specific information on dome-removal plans, please call Aquatics and Sports Dome Manager Jim Armstrong at (913) 432-1377.