Water Park Plans to Close When School Starts

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A popular water park in  Independence will close three weeks before labor day. The early shut down is a cost saving measure for Adventure Oasis Water Park. It's happening during a time when people say they need places to cool off this summer more than ever.

The mercury is hitting triple digits nearly every week. It seems this summer, water parks have become more popular than ever. Many expect the heat to last through Labor Day but the park in Independence will shut down before the last summer holiday.

Adventure Oasis Water Park is a true oasis for some from the extreme heat. People like Cody Hernandez say outings to the park help him save money when there is little else to do outside during the sweltering heat.

"Lately, running the A/C has been way too expensive to run all day, all night just to keep you cool," Hernandez said. "Come out to the pool, hang out all day, $8, nice and cool just keep down them prices. if they're going to close it two weeks early I mean that is kind of hurting us."

The city is shutting down the aquatic park on August 12 to coincide with school starting in Independence and Blue Springs later that week. Independence  leaders say few people go to the water park after school starts. That may  not be the case this year.

"I think that might be a little ridiculous," said Gretel Eagan-Johnson. "I know kids probably don't come once school starts but during the weekends, I assume it would have a booming attendance because it's so hot out. You still need part of your summer."

The Independence Parks and Rec director declined FOX 4's request for an on-camera interview. He did confirm that shutting down the water park early is a cost saving measure. Some claim 100 degree temperatures actually keep people from leaving their homes. But, young families with kids that aren't school age yet say the pool is still a popular destination until Labor Day.

"It's very important because we don't have a neighborhood pool," said Jared Kuntz. "So for us it's the only option to come here or Lee's Summit Water Park.

Some park patrons may head to Lee's Summit for relief. The city  may re-evaluate its decision to close before Labor Day for 2013.

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