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Here's How To Know If Your Favorite Kansas City Area Pool Will Be Open This Summer

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City of Roeland Park, Kansas
Scene from a pre-pandemic summer: a busy day at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, the likes of which won't be seen this summer after the city canceled its summer swim season.

There's no evidence the coronavirus can be spread through the water in pools, but they are a popular gathering place in many communities.

The seasons don’t stop for the coronavirus pandemic. Metro school districts are wrapping up their school years online, and the unofficial start to summer — Memorial Day — is quickly approaching.

Many parents and kids, cooped up inside their homes for weeks on end, are hoping they can at least get some relief this summer at the local pool. But that may not happen.

Yep, lazy days at the pool could be another once-enjoyable thing wiped out by the pandemic.

Some metro cities have already announced the cancellation of their pools’ summer season, and other municipalities are actively weighing what to do as both Kansas and Missouri gradually reopen.

So, is it sink or swim for where you live? Here’s what we know so far. This list will be regularly updated.

In Jackson County:

Blue Springs — The city has not yet made a decision for the 2020 season. The Blue Springs School District, which hosts city swim events at its pools, also says it is weighing all options before making a decision.

Independence — The City of Independence announced that Adventure Oasis Water Park will not open for the 2020 season out of an abundance of caution for the community. Henley Aquatic Center is also currently closed. Check back at their website for updates.

Lee’s Summit — The City of Lee’s Summit says it is continuing to work towards the reopening of their facilities in accordance with guidance from the Jackson County Health Department. The city encourages residents to check back for updates on the Parks and Recreation website and Facebook page.

Kansas City, Missouri The city's Parks and Recreation Department tells KCUR the decision on whether city pools will open this summer will not be made until after May 18th.

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City of Gladstone, Missouri
Kids at Gladstone Municipal Pool shelter in the shade under an umbrella while taking a break from swimming. The city has yet to decide whether to open the pool this summer.

North of the river

Gladstone — It's still to be determined whether the Gladstone Municipal Pool opens. Check back here for updates.

Liberty — The Liberty Community Center pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen June 1st.

In Johnson County

LenexaThe City of Lenexa is opening Indian Trails Aquatic center, the largest and most centrally located pool in Lenexa, as well as Lenexa Rec Center’s indoor pool.

Olathe- The city has not yet made a decision on whether to open its pools for the summer.

Overland Park — The Overland Park City Council will soon vote on whether to open pools for the summer. There are hopes, however, that Matt Ross Community Center Pool will open July 1st, with some restrictions, depending on the phased reopening plan for Johnson County.

Prairie Village — The Prairie Village Pool Complex will not open for the summer 2020 season out of concern for the health of pool employees and pool goers.

Roeland Park — The City of Roeland Park announced on its Facebook page that the Roeland Park Aquatic Center will not be opening for the 2020 season out of concern for the health and safety of the community but will use the closure to complete planned improvement projects for the facility.

In Wyandotte County

Public pools will stay closed for now under the county's phased-in reopening plan. Officials tell KCUR the decision on whether to open pools will be reevaluated at the end of June.

Olivia Love is a journalism student at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
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