May 27, 2013

Wichita, area pools now open

Wichita’s city pools, which open Monday, will be open fewer hours this summer, with all pools closing for the season earlier in August.

Wichita’s city pools, which open Monday, will be open fewer hours this summer, with all pools closing for the season earlier in August.

“We had to shorten hours because we have less funding in aquatics than last year,” said Karen Holmes, recreation superintendent for the city of Wichita.

That means lifeguards will be more spread out, she said, and managers and assistant managers will be sharing duties at pools occasionally.

Wichita’s city pools will close Aug. 4; last year, some pools stayed open until Aug. 11.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children under 18 or $8 per family (up to six people).

Discount coupons are available at each pool: $60 for 50 coupons or $40 for 25 coupons. Each coupon admits one child or one adult.

Season passes to Wichita public pools are also available: $50 for an individual, $150 for a family of up to four ($25 for each additional family member).

YMCA pools in Wichita and suburban pools and water parks opened this past weekend or are opening Monday.

Wichita city pools

Aley Park, 1800 S. Seneca, 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Boston Park, 6700 E. Boston, 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

College Hill Park, 304 S. Circle Drive, 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Evergreen Park, 2700 N. Woodland, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Harvest Park, 9500 W. Provincial, 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

Linwood Park South, 1900 S. Hydraulic, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

McAdams Park, 1556 N. Ohio, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

Minisa Park, 1350 N. Jeanette, 1-6 p.m. daily except Monday and Saturday

Orchard Park, 1062 N. Clara, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday

Interactive fountains

All are free and operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Fountains may be closed at any time because of weather. All close for the season in October.

Central Riverside Park, 720 Nims

Fairmount Park, 1647 N. Yale

Lincoln Park, 1323 S. Topeka

Osage Park, 2121 W. 31st St. South

Reflection Square Park, 205 E. Douglas

Warren Old Town Plaza, 334 N. Mead (operates 10 a.m.-midnight)

Water parks

Wellington Family Aquatic Center, 1101 W. Harvey, Wellington. Open through Aug. 18, 1-7 p.m. daily. Admission: 2 and older, $3; children under 2 free. Season pass: $50 individual, $100 for a family of two, $150 for a family of three or more.

Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James, Derby. Open until Aug. 12, 12:30-7 p.m. daily. Admission: adults, $9; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under free when accompanied by a guest 16 or older. Season passes: $70 per person.

YMCA water parks

All YMCA water parks are open through Sept. 2, with reduced hours starting Aug. 10. Hours are 1-7 p.m. weekdays and 1-6 p.m. weekends. Holiday hours are 1-5 p.m. on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. After Aug. 10, all parks are open only on weekends, with the same hours. Admission: Free for YMCA members, $18 family and $10 individual without a member. For details, go to

North Branch YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn. Features: wave pool, body slide, kids’ cove, toddler bay and spray grounds.

Northwest Branch YMCA, 13838 W. 21st St. Features: lazy river, tube slide, body slide, spray/splash grounds, lily pad and water basketball.

Richard A. DeVore South YMCA, 3405 S. Meridian. Features: lazy river, tube, body and plunge slides, diving board, climbing wall, water play center and water basketball.

Andover Branch YMCA, 1115 E. U.S. 54. Features: lazy river, tube slide, body slide, spray/splash grounds, large play structure, lily pad and water basketball.

Suburban public pools

Augusta, 1501 Dearborn St. Hours: 1-6 p.m. daily. Admission: adults, $3; children 5-12, $1.75; children under 5 get in free; 24-punch pass card, $20.

Goddard, 200 S. Main. Hours: 1-6 p.m. daily. Admission: $2 for all ages. Season passes available.

Haysville, 525 Sarah Lane. Hours: 1-6:30 p.m. daily. Admission: ages 5 and under, $1; ages 6-61, $2.50; older than 61, $1.50. Season passes: $65 per person, $125 for four people ($25 for each additional person).

Newton, 401 N. Santa Fe. Hours: 1-5 p.m. daily, 7-9 p.m. Monday-Friday for family swim. Admission: adults and children 14 and older, $2.75; children 5-13, $2; children under 5 free. Season pass: 25 passes for $45.

Valley Center, 255 E. Allen. Open through Aug. 11. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays. Admission: adults and children over 6, $3 for residents and $2.50 for nonresidents; children 5 and under are free. Season passes available.

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