Weekend scorcher ahead: Dive into these pools to cool off this summer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The thermometer is climbing, signaling summer’s arrival. After swimming pools across Kanas City were forced to remain closed because of the pandemic last year, many are ready for you to dive in for some fun.

Grab your swimsuit and a lot of sunscreen and head to one of the pools or spray parks below.

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Wyandotte County

All three of Kansas City, Kansas’ spray parks at Eisenhower Park, Pierson Park and Heathwood Park are open for the summer. They are free to all everyday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Eisenhower Park
    • 2901 N. 72nd St.
  • Pierson Park
    • 1800 S. 55th St.
  • Heathwood Park
    • 1021 Parallel Parkway

The Parkwood Pool in Kansas City, Kansas, located at 950 Quindaro Blvd., will not be open this summer.

The Unified Government said it’s disappointed that it was unable to provide this community service.

“Unfortunately, it was very difficult to recruit lifeguards and other key staff when schools were
closed and labor shortages are prevalent across the region,” the U.G. said in a release.

Johnson County

Leawood

Leawood’s Aquatic Center is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

However, the pool is open to Leawood residents only, and all season and daily admission must be purchased online. Walk-up registration will not be allowed. Daily admission must be purchased 15 minutes before you plan to enter, and season passes must be purchased before 8 a.m. on the day you plan to visit.

Leawood Aquatic Center is located at 10601 Lee Blvd.

Lenexa

This will be the first weekend this summer that all three swimming pools in Lenexa will be open for the summer.

Indian Trails Aquatic Center is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 1. Then the center will have varying hours.

The city’s Ad Astra Pool is opn from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Finally, the Flat Rock Creek Pool opens June 12, operating noon to 8 p.m. daily.

Lenexa is asking guests to social distance whenever possible and wash their hands regularly. Masks are not allowed when in the pools.

  • Indian Trails Aquatic Center
    • 8801 Greenway Ln.
  • Ad Astra Pool
    • 8265 Maurer Rd.
  • Flat Rock Creek Pool
    • West 103rd Street and Hauser Drive

Merriam

Merriam’s outdoor pool is ready for a crowded pool. It’s open noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The city’s indoor pool at the community center is open throughout the year with various hours.

Merriam Community Center is located at 6040 Slater St.

Mission

The Mission Family Aquatic Center, located at 5930 W. 61st St., is open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Spraygrounds are also now open.

Olathe

The massive Black Bob Bay in Olathe is already open from 12:30-7 p.m. daily. Mill Creek and Oregon Trail pools are also open to swim.

Oregon Trail will have limited hours: The pool will only be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday and closed Tuesday through Thursday. Mill Creek Pool will open from 12:30-5 p.m. weekdays and 12:30-7 p.m. on weekends.

Olathe said due to staffing shortages, Frontier Pool will not be opening for the season at this time.

If you’re nervous about the chilly weather, Olathe says never fear! Their pools are heated to 84 degrees.

  • Black Bob Bay
    • 14570 W. 151st St.
  • Mill Creek Pool
    • 320 E. Poplar St.
  • Oregon Trail Pool
    • 1750 W. Dennis Ave.

The Olathe Community Center also includes an indoor pool and is located at 1205 E. Kansas City Rd.

Overland Park

Stonegate Pool, Young’s Pool and Tomahawk Ride Aquatic Center will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Overland Park said late summer hours might vary, beginning in August, so check the city’s website. Bluejacket and Marty pools are not opening for the 2021 season.

Concession stands won’t be open this year at Overland Park pools, but good news: Guests can bring their own snacks and drinks. No glass or alcohol allowed.

  • Stonegate Pool (Closed until further notice on June 19 due to a maintenance issue)
    • 9701 Antioch Rd.
  • Young’s Pool
    • 8421 W. 77th St.
  • Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center
    • 11950 Lowell Ave.

In addition, the Matt Ross Community Center features three indoor pools and is located at 8101 Marty St.

Prairie Village

Prairie Village’s pool complex is open and operating from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

The city will have a maximum capacity of 400 people at any time. Social distancing is encouraged, and the parks and recreation department says high-touch areas will be sanitized frequently. Find more details about Prairie Village’s pool memberships, rules online.

The Prairie Village Pool complex is located at 7711 Delmar St.

Roeland Park

Roeland Park’s Aquatic Center has a modified schedule this summer. The center will only be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The city’s parks and recreation leader said they’ve made progress on hiring lifeguards, but need more staff to open any further.

The 2021 season will be the first year guests can enjoy new equipment at the Aquatic Center. City crews recently completed a $1.6 million Capital Improvement Project at the center. 

Find more details on swim team and season passes. The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is located at 4843 Rosewood Dr.

Shawnee

Shawnee opened its Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center and Splash Cove for the season on Saturday, May 29. The Soetaert Aquatic Center’s hours will be 12:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 12:30-6 p.m. weekends. Splash Cove will be open 10:30 am to 5 p.m. weekdays and 12:30-6 p.m. weekends.

Both pools will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Masks are encouraged when social distancing isn’t possible on the deck, but masks will not be allowed in the water.

Find details on admission fees and season passes on the city’s site.

  • Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center
    • 13805 Johnson Dr.
  • Splash Cove
    • 5800 King Ave.

Kansas City

Kansas City Parks has opened three of its pools since the Memorial Day weekend.

You can now swim at Line Creek Community Center at 5940 NW Waukomis Dr.

Budd Park at 5600 Budd Park Espl St. is also open for the season.

The Bay Water Park at 7101 Longview Rd. is also ready for swimmers.

Most of the city’s spraygrounds are also on, with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The city plans to release updated information on which pools are opening, hours and more next week. FOX4 will update this story once that information is released.

Jackson County

Blue Springs

The splash pad at Burrus Old Mill Park is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Burrus Old Mill Park is located at 112 NW. Woods Chapel Rd.

Grandview

No need to wait! Grandview’s splash parks at the View Community Center and John Anderson Park have already opened for the season. The city said outside temperatures must be 75 degrees or above in order for the splash parks to turn on though.

  • View Community Center
    • 13500 Byars Rd.
  • John Anderson Park
    • 4701 E. 135th St.

The city’s indoor pools are open year-round with various hours.

Independence

Adventure Oasis in Independence is open for business after delaying its opening due to cold weather and water temperatures.

The park will operate at full capacity this summer, but there’s a limit to the number of people allowed inside. Adventure Oasis has an online occupancy tracker to help keep visitors from showing up when the park is already full.

Adventure Oasis is located at 2100 Hub Dr.

Lee’s Summit

Summit Waves is located at 120 SW. Blue Parkway, and open for the summer.

Masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors and all social distancing capacity restrictions are lifted. However, those who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in all public settings.

Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec plans to continue monitoring local health orders and adjust as needed.

Clay County

Gladstone

Gladstone opened its pool last week. Additional information on pool hours, entry fees and more can be found online.

Also at the Gladstone Aquatics Center, the city offers a leisure pool, competition pool and diving pool — all indoors and open throughout the year.

The Gladstone Municipal Pool is located at 7011 N. Holmes.

Liberty

Liberty’s outdoor pool at the community center and one of its spraygrounds is open for the summer. The city’s indoor pools are already open year-round.

Hours for the city’s outdoor pool are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays (and holidays). Hours change from late August to Labor Day.  

The sprayground at Ruth Moore Park will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for free.

City Park’s spray park is undergoing renovations. It will not open until July because of weather-related delays.

The city said it did not have trouble hiring lifeguards like other communities did this summer.

  • Liberty Community Center
    • 1600 S. Withers Rd.
  • Ruth Moore Park
    • 401 Grover St.

Platte County

Platte City

The Platte County Community Center North, operated by the local YMCA chapter, in Platte City offers indoor lap and leisure pools and is open daily year-round. The Platte County Community Center is located at 3101 Running Horse Rd.

Riverside

Dive into Riverside’s municipal swimming pool this summer. The pool will be open through Labor Day. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older. All swimmers age 13 and under must pass a swimming test before being allowed to be in the water without adult supervision or a personal floatation device.

The Riverside Community Center is located at 4498 NW. High Dr.

Cass County

Belton

Rainy weather delayed Belton’s plans to open its Outdoor Water Park located at 520 Maurer Parkway, but it’s now open for summer fun.

The Outdoor Water Park will be open from noon to 7 p.m. daily. The indoor pools at High Blue have varying hours.

Harrisonville

The city’s outdoor pool will be closed for summer 2021 due to renovations.

The Harrisonville Community Center indoor pool is already open if you want to swim indoors. It also offers spray fountains and kids slides. The center is located at 2400 S. Jefferson Parkway.

Find details on admission fees and season passes online.

Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill’s public swimming pool is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. Family swim time is from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and adult lap swim time is from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Information about pool passes, swimming lessons and other activities are available online. The Pleasant Hill Pool is located at 1300 E. Myrtle St.

Raymore

While the city doesn’t operate a public pool, T.B. Hanna Station features the Variety KC Inclusive Sprayground and playground. The facility is fully accessible for all abilities, including ADA restrooms. The park is located at 214 S. Washington St.

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