|Johnson County Park & Recreation District closes one of two slides at Roeland Park Aquatic Center|
Effective July 1, 2017, the swirl slide at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center will be closed to public use until further notice.
On June 29, 2017, Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) received notice that amendments to the Kansas Amusement Ride Act and the Amusement Ride Insurance Act, signed by Governor Brownback June 26, 2017, states that no amusement ride shall be operated in Kansas unless a valid permit for such ride has been issued by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the owner of the ride has registered with KDOL as an amusement ride owner, beginning July 1, 2017. Water slides that are at least 15 feet in height and that use water to propel the patron through the ride are considered an amusement ride, by definition.
The swirl slide at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center exceeds 15 feet in height. The water slide is required to meet ASTM standards and receive written certification by a qualified inspector, acknowledged by the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) or other nationally recognized third party training organizations, prior to applying for a KDOL permit to operate the slide. JCPRD has initiated the application process, and is in the process of scheduling inspections by a qualified inspector.
The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is located at 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. The facility is owned by the city of Roeland Park, and operated by JCPRD.