|Roeland Park Aquatic Center to Close May 16-27 for Summer Preparations|
The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will close to the public for approximately two weeks as annual preparations are made for the facility's summer season.
The RPAC, which is located at 4843 Rosewood just east of the Roeland Park Community Center, will be closed from May 16 through 27. During this time, Johnson County Park and Recreation District staff will take down the air-supported dome which covers the 50-meter main pool from September through May. It takes 30 to 40 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.*
When it reopens to the general public on May 28 just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the RPAC will have been converted to a state-of-the art 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, a Vortex Pool for inner tubes complete with a concrete volcano that periodically "erupts," and a separate youth pool with a slide and "lemon drop" sprayers.
The cost for individual admission for ages three through 49 is $6 for Johnson County residents or $6.50 for nonresidents. The cost for ages 50 and older is $5 for Johnson County residents or $5.50 for nonresidents. There is no cost for ages 2 and under. Season and annual passes as well as multiple-visit punch cards are also available, with costs depending on age and city of residence. Summer open swim sessions are held daily Monday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. A number of special events are being planned this summer, including poolside barbecue and movies.
For information on current happenings at the facility, call the pool hotline at (816) 464-1003 or 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 and Recreation District.