|Roeland Park Aquatic Center to be closed for about four weeks beginning Aug. 15 for painting, maintenance, and dome installation|
Each year, the Roeland Park Aquatic Center closes for a few days for reinstallation of the air-supported dome which makes the facility's main pool usable during the winter months. But this year, the facility will close for a longer period in order to complete much-needed painting and other maintenance.
The Aquatics Center, located at 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, will closed beginning Aug. 15 and is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 17, following dome reinstallation on Sept. 13 and 14. Work to be completed includes concrete work, repainting, caulking, and other repairs. These plans are dependent on good weather and could be delayed by inclement conditions such as rain or wind, or by other maintenance needs found during the repair work.
For the annual dome reinstallation, it takes 50 to 60 people, working on tarps used to temporarily cover the pool, to help handle the 6,800 pounds of vinyl-coated polyester-based fabric which makes up the dome. When inflated, the three-section structure measures 210 feet by 106 feet and has a capacity of approximately 22,260 square feet.
The dome remains in place over the main pool from September through mid-May, when it is taken down prior to Memorial Day to provide an open-air facility for the summer months.
Following reinstallation of the dome, other steps to be completed prior to opening include installation of the 1- and 3-meter diving boards and interior lights at the dome.
The RPAC, which first opened in 1997, is owned by the City of Roeland Park and is operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.