Kansas City pools open this coming weekend, major upgrades and new attractions


Kansas City, Missouri – This weekend marks the opening of pools in Kansas City, Missouri. Notably, the Mary Williams-Neal Community Center Pool has undergone significant improvements. It boasts new deck furniture, a pool that has been freshly painted and resurfaced, a fixed main pool pipe, and an exciting new slide that even Mayor Quinton Lucas tested out on Wednesday morning.

In an interview with KCTV, Mayor Lucas highlighted that this pool season is particularly special. With more pools and enhancements than ever before, the aim is to provide young individuals and families with enriching, safe, and enjoyable experiences at the city’s pools throughout the summer. He noted that $80 million from a $125 million General Obligations bond, previously approved by voters, was allocated to enhance park facilities including community centers, public pools, historic fountains, and overall park upgrades.

“We have a lot to offer in Kansas City and I look forward to going to pools all summer,” said KCMO 3rd District At Large Councilmember Melissa Patterson Hazley.

The bond includes $3 million allocated for updates and renovations at the Southeast Community Center Pool, which will feature modern amenities and accessible entry points, scheduled to open in June. Additionally, the Budd Park Pool has been freshly painted, funded by the GO Bond. Chris Cotten, the Parks and Recreation Director, mentioned that thanks to Midwest Pool Management, they have secured enough lifeguards to ensure all facilities can open this summer.

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“We have 70,000 people enjoying these pools every year,” said KCMO 1st District At Large Councilmember Kevin O’Neill.

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