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Tonganoxie Water Park nearly ready

Event is Saturday, but swimmers will have to wait longer

The grand opening of Tonganoxie Water Park is set for Saturday, but swimmers will have to wait at least another week before diving into the water.

The grand opening of Tonganoxie Water Park is set for Saturday, but swimmers will have to wait at least another week before diving into the water.

June 11, 2008


New Tonganoxie water park prepares for grand opening

With summer in full swing, Tonganoxie residents need a way to cool off. Soon they will have a new water park to help out. Enlarge video

— Since last winter - when two 25-foot-high water slides went up at the new Tonganoxie Water Park - local residents have been wondering exactly when the new pool would open.

And now they have their answer.

A grand opening for the new pool will be Saturday, in conjunction with Tonganoxie Days. But swimmers, it seems, will have to wait at least one week longer before actually sliding down the slides and diving off the pool's two 1-meter diving boards.

City Administrator Mike Yanez said he would like to see the pool open officially for operation the following Saturday, June 21, calling that date "a realistic option."

A contract deadline for the project with general contractor Prosser Wilbert Construction Inc. of Lenexa is July 1.

Landscaping, interior work on the pool's bathhouse and work on the fence remain.

The new water park replaces Chief Tonganoxie Swimming Pool, which attracted swimmers for more than 80 years but closed last August in part because of a failing filtration system.

It boasts dramatically improved water treatment, six 25-meter lap lanes, a "sprayground" complete with water cannons and rotating dump buckets, and lots of shaded areas for relief from the sun.

"There will be a lot of color, a lot of vegetation, too," Yanez said. "Instead of a big concrete slab and water, it's going to feel like a park."

The pool's railings and a zero-depth, beach-like entry are ADA accessible and will accommodate the elderly and disabled.

"I think the best feature is it's going to meet the needs of all age groups," Yanez said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and walk-through tours are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a performance by Annie's Country Jubilee Band at 2 p.m.

Tonganoxie voters approved a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for the $2.7 million capital improvement project by a 2-to-1 margin in April 2007.

Water park hours

¢ 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday (pool will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for water aerobics classes).

¢ 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (pool available for rentals from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays).

- Joel Walsh, reporter at the Tonganoxie Mirror, can be reached at (913) 845-2222.


m_norman01 9 years, 9 months ago

The pool is so much smaller then the last as far the swimming part goes. The Diving area is bigger but most kids hang out in the 4 foot area which is very small and will not hold 200 kids! Very poor judgement

d_prowess 9 years, 9 months ago

Really? Another city pool that doesn't open until 1pm? I find that to be the most annoying aspect of our pool downtown.

TongieMom 9 years, 9 months ago

We're excited about the new pool. The diving section is slightly larger than the last one, but there is going to be plenty of room for everyone.

pimp11 9 years, 9 months ago

Must like the view of downtown tongie!!!

Dixie Jones 9 years, 9 months ago

Curtis you kinda go outa your way to leavenworth if you drive by the pool.....

Curtis Lange 9 years, 9 months ago

I drive by this pool everytime I head to Leavenworth. When I saw those slides go up during the winter, knew I'd have to try the place out once it opened. :)

Steve Jacob 9 years, 9 months ago

Oceans of Fun will be "doomed" after the Schlitterbahn is built. That thing will be BIG! As a matter of fact, is will probally be what, 20 minutes from this pool in Tonganoxie.

Bassetlover 9 years, 9 months ago

Prowess---I totally agree. We would be at the pool every day between 9 & 10 a,m. if they opened that early. They use the excuse that the pool is reserved in the morning for lap swimmers---all five of them. Makes no sense. But if they prefer to allow lap swimmers monopolize it during the week, fine....but then they should open the pool by 10 on Sat. and Sunday mornings. By having to wait til 1:00 to swim, you compete with literally hundreds of others. It can be very suffocating.

dminear60 9 years, 9 months ago

The pool does not open until 1:00 because swim lessons are taught in the morning.

Nikki May 9 years, 9 months ago

When I go to lessons, they use the whole warm pool at the indoor pool. It was about the same at the outdoor when we would go there. When I was a kid I was at the pool all day, but it was lessons, then swim team, go home for lunch, come back at one for free swim and then don't go home until our mom paged us (back in our day we could hear the page - you can't hear it at outdoor and they don't have it at indoor).

VTracey 9 years, 8 months ago

Hey, at least they have a pool they can use sometime this season unlike our local pool which was closed for the season after being open for 3 weeks.

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