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Raytown Park Board Votes to Close SuperSplash

Raytown Park Board Votes to Close SuperSplash

Board Wants A Comprehensive Study

On September 15, the Raytown Park Board voted to close SuperSplash Water Park for one year while a plan could be studied for the future of the entire park system. “Generally, it was about the numbers,” said George Mitchell, Board Chair. “For several years the city has subsidized Super Splash as the park aged and operations costs increased. It was a difficult decision; it’s really all about the numbers. We had to be realistic about the future of the park and sustaining the park fund for the long term.”

There was discussion about keeping the park open as a smaller community pool vs. a full service water park. However,  the logistics of making that happen would be onerous with minimal savings. Although Super Splash had a better  year in 2014, with slight increases in attendance and revenue, it was not enough to sway the Board on their decision.

The substantial expenses that accompany a public swimming pool, including lifeguards, utilities, training and insurance can be the focus of budget fixes. Likewise, since public pools are usually used only during the summer months maintenance costs increase.

“The bottom line is public pools are only open three months a year. For the last 10 years, Super Splash has been operational due to the dedication of our Parks staff that was able to fix nearly anything,”said Kevin Boji, Parks Director. “The pool is 50 years old and showing its age; we face an extensive list of repairs, including leaks under the pool deck, that will be very costly.”

This year, the pool was challenged with broken water lines and closing 20 year old water slides due to structural concerns and the list goes on. Super Splash was one of the first waterparks of its kind in the Kansas City metro. Now, at 51 years old, it is estimated it will take nearly $450,000 of repairs to include pool painting, filter replacement, pool pumps, motors and general maintenance.

 

The Parks Board also voted to request the Board of Aldermen to work with them on hiring a consultant to prepare a Parks Comprehensive Plan for the entire park system that could be used to develop a strategic plan.  “We want our residents to have a place that they can take their families. We want to be able to have a park system that future generations will be able to enjoy.” said George Mitchell.

 

Supersplash, USA originally opened in 1963 as a private swimming facility, Raytown Municipal Pool. The City of Raytown purchased the property in 1988, changed the name to Super Splash and began a 15 year development plan, operating the park as an enterprise fund to expand the park to a modern waterpark. Super Splash is a 10-acre park that includes three swimming pools, slides and a children’s area. It is located in the heart of Raytown at 53rd Place and Raytown Road.

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