WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – Wichita city pools and splash pads remained closed last year due to COVID-19m but city leaders made a splash on Thursday announcing most pools and pads will be open.
Brian Hill, the manager for aquatics, said the city is moving right along at finishing up several parts of the city’s aquatics plan. He presented the renovations at splash pads and pools.
City leaders said by Memorial Day most splash pads and pools will be running. Some Wichita parents said they can’t wait to bring their kids back to the pool.
“I’m ready because my kids like to go swimming and go to the splash pads,” said Amanda Pitzer a Wichita mom.
Pitzer has a 10 and 7 year old and said they need to be outside.
“Otherwise, they just kinda sit inside and play video games and not do nothing at all,” said Pitzner.
Not only will some of the pools and splash pads be open, but some will also showcase upgrades and improvements. The pools at Edgemore, Evergreen, and Boston parks have been converted into splash pads. The orchard, Aley, and Mcafee pools have been completely redone.
Improvements aside, just the news that the pools will be filled is enough to make any parent happy.
“I’m pretty excited I was ready to open the first day that it felt like it was not freezing cold outside because everyone is crammed in everyone is ready to get outside,” said Taelor Dotson, a Wichita mom.
Dotson said she is excited for her four and two year old to finally play outside.
“We hope to be there on opening weekend,” said Dotson.
Not all pools will be open. The pool at College Hill and the splash pads at Harrison and Plainview will remain closed for upgrades.
You can see the renovations of the pools in the document by clicking here.
The city is currently hiring 140 pool workers for the summer. They include lifeguards, head lifeguards, aquatics instructors, pool managers, and splash pad operators. For more on the jobs click here.