4843 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, Kansas
Roeland Park Aquatic Center is a cooperative venture between the City of Roeland Park and JCPRD. JCPRD manages and operates the facility year-round. The RPAC offers programs and activities such as Learn to Swim programs for patrons ages six months through adult, youth diving classes, lifeguard training and water exercise programs for our 50 Plus patrons. The facility is also used to train our Kansas City Blazers, the Stingrays summer youth league swim team and the Kansas City Water Polo Team. For more information on these classes and more, please visit our web page for hours and membership information or call (913) 432-1377. http://www.jcprd.com/parks_facilities/rpac.cfm
RPAC Information Lines
RPAC Phone Line: (913) 432-1377
RPAC 24 Hour Info Line: (913) 312-8838
Learn to Swim 24 Hour Info Line: (913) 312-8832
Check the information board at the pool’s front desk for notices of additional special activities and events.
Indoor Schedule (September – May) Closed
For more information on Aquatic Center – Classes-Activities: Johnson County Parks & Recreation District
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A Cooperative Venture
The Roeland Park Aquatic Center officially opened on Sept. 20, 1997. Discussions between the City of Roeland Park and the Johnson County Park about the possible construction of a new facility began nearly four years earlier and were triggered by the closure in 1993 of an obsolete city pool. An intergovernmental agreement allowed the City to sell the District the approximately four acres the complex sits on. The city in turn agreed to lease-purchase the facility back from the park District over 20 years. To construct the facility, the District issued $3.3 million in revenue bonds, which freed the city from adding to its bond indebtedness.
The RPAC features a 50-meter inverted “C”-shaped pool with a 25-yard by-25-meter competitive area; four 50-meter lap swimming lanes, and a “zero-depth” entry area including sprayers and fountains. Other amenities available throughout the year include a bath house complete with men’s and women’s locker rooms, a family change room, a concession area, expanded parking and a convenient drop-off circle drive, as well as staff offices and a control area.
Thanks to an air-supported dome which covers the main pool from September through May, the facility is available for use year-round. For approximately two weeks prior to Memorial Day, the RPAC is closed while crews remove the dome and convert it into an open air facility. It takes 30 to 40 people, working on tarps used to temporarily cover the pool, to handle the 6,800 pounds of fabric which makes up the dome.
With the dome’s removal, the facility becomes 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 and a separate youth pool with whale slide and “lemon drop” sprayer. The dome is reinstalled each year after Labor Day, when the RPAC is again closed for about two weeks.
Everyone probably remembers recent when most area pools closed about one week early do to an outbreak of Cryptosporidium (Crypto), an intestinal parasite that can make people sick for several days. Given that Crypto is a warm water parasite and its resistance to chlorine, it is important that people take precautions to help reduce the risk of another regional outbreak.
Here are some important facts to keep in mind:
- Alcohol based sanitizers do not kill Crypto – wash your hands with hot, soapy water.
- The only feasible way for pool operators to reduce the risk of Crypto entering the pool is through good public education and awareness.
- Crypto can be spread long before and after symptoms start.
- It takes time for chlorine to work on germs like Crypto; it takes everyone to help protect the pool water!