Roeland Park Aquatic Center to close 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 just east of the Roeland Park Community Center, will be closed from May 6 through 10. 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 11 through 22 when the main pool will be open for regular lap swimming hours of 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. daily

When it reopens to the general public on May 23 just before 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 admissions to the RPAC for the summer season are based on ages and residents. 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 Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Several special events, including the annual "Splash for Cash" on July 4, 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.

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