Families looking to make trips across Kansas this summer can use a pass to hit some swimming pools while doing so.
Kansas Recreation and Park Association is launching the Splash Across Kansas Program for 2019.
City Park Pool in Manhattan will be among the 16 pools that the pass will give access to across Kansas:
- Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park in Salina
- College Hill Pool in Wichita
- Rock River Rapids in Derby
- Midwest Health Aquatic Center in Topeka
- Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center
- Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center in Overland Park
- Leawood Aquatic Center
- Gardner Aquatic Center
- Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia
- Long Branch Lagoon in Dodge City
- Salt City Splash in Hutchinson
- Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center in Shawnee
- Indian Trails Aquatic Center in Lenexa
- Adventure Bay Water Park in Liberal
- Hays Aquatic Park
The punch card can be purchased for online at krpa.wildapricot.org/Store. It costs $40 or $35 for Kansas Recreation and Park Association members.
Manhattan Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Eastes said this is a good opportunity for out-of-town people to see the pools in different communities including Manhattan.
“They’re simply trying to promote people to come across Kansas,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for us to show off our swimming pool as well.”
This pass is intended for people who plan to do some traveling this summer rather than a replacement for each facility’s local pool passes.
The Splash Across Kansas pass is cheaper than the Manhattan pool pass, which will be $60 when it goes on sale April 15.
However, the state pass comes with two admissions for the summer for each aquatic facility while the local pass is good for the entire summer at all three pools.
“I don’t think it will compete with our local pool pass in any way,” Eastes said. “To get your money back, you’ll have to visit pools (outside Manhattan) throughout the summer.”