Raytown community fights for half-century-old water park - KCTV5

Raytown community fights for half-century-old water park

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People living near the water park say it’s a staple in their community. (KCTV5) People living near the water park say it’s a staple in their community. (KCTV5)
Officials say fixing all of the park’s problems would cost an estimated $450,000. (KCTV5) Officials say fixing all of the park’s problems would cost an estimated $450,000. (KCTV5)
RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -

Hundreds living in the Raytown area are fighting to reopen a half-century-old water park.

Members of the community are fighting to reopen Super Splash Water Park, located at 5330 Raytown Road, and have started a petition to go along with their efforts. The city closed the park for improvements at the start of the 2017 season, and now its future is in question.

People living near the water park say it’s a staple in their community. They say it not only gives kids something to do, but it provides jobs and brings people and business into the city.

The park’s board says the decision comes down to numbers.

Attendance has dropped significantly, from 75,000 people per year to just under 30,000 per year over the past 13 years, and when that is combined with increased operational costs and the need to renovate the 51-year-old park, the city says they had to close it.

Officials say fixing all of the park’s problems would cost an estimated $450,000. That number also includes fixing broken water lines and a slide that has structural concerns.

However, those who work and play at the park say it’s an important part of Raytown.

“I feel like I did a lot of growing up here and I want people to have the same memories I had here,” former employee and guest Maddie Summer said.

The park’s board is looking at a long-term strategic plan for the pool. 

They voted to request a meeting with the Raytown Board of Aldermen to develop a strategic plan for the park system and to look at if the community would support a new aquatics center.

Board members say they would also like to allow voters to vote on whether or not more money should be put into the current park and where that money will come from. 

But people in the community say they just want the current park kept open.

"Every morning we go in in the summer and the kids say, 'Ms. Denny, when are we going to Super Splash?' And I tell these kids there is no Super Splash this year," said daycare owner Marcy Denny.

More than 600 people have signed the petition to reopen the park. 

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