Archive for Friday, April 22, 1994

CITY MAY TAKE DIVE INTO WATER SLIDE IDEA

April 22, 1994

Advertisement

A Kansas City company is offering the city a water slide this summer, to be installed at the municipal pool.

Swimmers could slip, slide and splash their way into the municipal pool this summer, if city commissioners approve a water slide plan Tuesday night.

The slide also could pour thousands of dollars into the parks and recreation budget this year, said Fred DeVictor, director of parks and recreation.

The proposed one-year deal with Splashtacular Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., would require the company to install the $62,000 slide, leaving it for city crews to operate and maintain for the summer season.

The city would pay electric bills related to the slide's use and about $7,000 a year for additional lifeguards, DeVictor said.

Under the company's proposal, swimmers would purchase a wrist band for $3, good for a day's use of the slide. Use of the slide on subsequent days would cost $1.50, if the swimmer presents a band used on a previous day. Season passes also would be available.

According to company estimates, the city could expect to receive anywhere from $5,600 to $50,000 this year from the slide alone. Pool use typically doubles when a slide is installed, so the city could expect another 48,000 people through the pool turnstiles, each paying normal admission fees, said Steve Levine, a co-owner of the company.

"It's a can't-miss deal," he said.

The slide would be open the same hours as the pool, 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, from Memorial Day to Sept. 18.

In addition to the money it would collect, the company would have the inside track for city business down the pike. Similar deals already are in the works for Olathe, Lenexa and Columbia, Mo.

"It's sort of a test run," Fred DeVictor, parks and recreation director, said. "If we have new aquatic facilities someday, should we put in water slides? I think it will be very popular."

At the municipal pool, a 10-horsepower pump would push 800 gallons of water per minute down the 140 feet of fiberglass twists and turns, dumping into the shallow end. The slide won't affect other swimming activities, officials say.

It's the type of feature the city has been looking for since removing the pool's high dive six years ago, DeVictor said. An engineer's study had determined the pool wasn't deep enough for high divers.

City commissioners will consider the water-slide proposal during Tuesday's commission meeting, which begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Commissioners also will consider offering season passes to the pool. Admission passes would cost $40 for individuals, and $90 for families with up to four members.

Passes for the slide would cost extra: $30 monthly, or $55 for the year.

  • Should the city install a water slide at the municipal swimming pool? Answer today's J-W Access question on page 2B.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.