McAfee Pool- Wichita Park & Recreation
Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas. A stay-cation is a Wichita is a must. Plan to visit Wichita's newly renovated McAfee Pool located in McAdams Park. Add McAfee Pool to your summer bucket list. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas card for your visit to McAfee Pool + 11 other aquatic parks across Kansas. Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.
Plan your visit to McAfee around other events going on in Wichita. Consider splashing the day away and then attending Floatin' on the River (Sunset Tour, Sunrise Tour, Senior Tour and Glow Tour (www.wichita.gov/riverrecreation), Playing in the Park on June 12 at Naftzger (https://www.facebook.com/events/235879698289554), or Wichita Festival of the Arts on June 19 at Central Riverside (https://www.facebook.com/events/5597904486949532/?ref=newsfeed.) Click here for a complete list of Wichita Park and Recreation’s summer events.
Dodge City Parks and Recreation
Don't forget to include a stop in Dodge City, the "Queen of Cowtowns", in your summer plans. Dodge City is rich in history and long on fun. Dodge City Parks and Recreation is participating in both the Splash Across Kansas and Par Across Kansas program. Plan your visit around local events and make a splash and play the course. Or, you could send part of the family to the aquatic park and others to hit the golf course. Either way, you are sure to enjoy the facilities that Dodge City has to offer.
Long Branch Lagoon is Dodge City's destination water park. It is a western themed water park featuring over 27,000 square feet of water surface full of fun and exciting family aquatic adventures. Positioned in Wright Park and the downtown Heritage District, Long Branch Lagoon is close to the famed Boot Hill Museum, historic downtown and the Santa Fe Depot. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas coupon book for your 2 admissions to this fun aquatic park.
Western Kansas is home to some exceptional golf courses and Mariah Hills is surely in that group. From the bright and spacious clubhouse to the professionally manicured course, Mariah Hills is a little-known treasure. Set against the native beauty of the high plains, rolling blue grass fairways and manicured greens, bordered by tall native roughs create a truly fun course to play! The par 71 layout requires a player to hit most every club in the bag. So for an enjoyable round of golf on a championship caliber course, plan your next golf outing at Mariah Hills. Purchase your Par Across Kansas coupon book for discounts to Mariah Hill and 8 other courses.
Here is a great resource to help plan your trip to Dodge City: Visit Dodge City. It has a complete list of upcoming events and great places to eat for your visit.
Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas coupon book yet to get your 2 admissions to Long Branch Lagoon + 11 other aquatic parks across Kansas or your Par Across Kansas coupon book? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.
Hutchinson is located in the Kansas prairie and an easy drive from anywhere in the state. Plan a stay-cation in Hutch by making a splash at Salt City Splash or hit the greens at Carey Park Golf Course. Hutchinson Recreation Commission is participating in Splash Across Kansas, and the City of Hutchinson is participating in the Par Across Kansas program.
Plan your visit around local events and attractions. Visit the Cosmosphere, Dillons Nature Center or catch a NBC World Series baseball game between August 4-8. Find out about upcoming events and places to eat at Visit Hutch.
Salt City Splash has many amazing features:
There is fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas coupon book for your 2 admissions to this fun aquatic park.
City of Hutchinson has gracious participated in the Par Across Kansas program. Carey Park Golf Course is an 18 hole golf course with over 6500 yards of beautifully manicured grounds in one of the best municipal courses in Kansas. Purchase your Par Across Kansas coupon book for a special discount to Carey Park.
Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas coupon book yet to get your 2 admissions to Salt City Splash + 11 other aquatic parks across Kansas or your Par Across Kansas coupon book? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.
AmazonSmile in App
Did you know that you can support KRPA Scholarship Association when using the Amazon Shopping app on your phone by signing up for AmazonSmile. You will make a difference while you shop at no extra cost to you! Simply follow the instructions below to select Kansas Recreation & Park Scholarship Association as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app.
Here's how it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu & tap on AmazonSmile within Programs & Features
3. Select "Kansas Recreation & Park Scholarship Assocation" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in your mobile app
Easy as pie!
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation
Topeka has so much to offer for a fun day trip or a stay-cation from the recently renovated Kansas Statehouse to the Spirit of Kansas firework show on July 4th. Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is participating in both the Splash Across Kansas and Par Across Kansas program. Plan your visit around local events and make a splash and play the course. Or, you could send part of the family to the aquatic park and others to hit the golf course. Either way, you are sure to enjoy the facilities that SCP+R have to offer.
Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center is the more popular of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation aquatic centers. Nestled in a wooded setting, it features three separate pools and a very popular Lazy River. Take the youngsters to the separate children's areas, tackle the water slides or float the Lazy River. There is fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas coupon book for your 2 admissions to this fun aquatic park.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has also gracious participated in the Par Across Kansas program with not just one of their golf courses but THREE COURSES. With your purchase of a Par Across Kansas coupon book, you will receive 25% off of green fees* at Lake Shawnee, Forbes and Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Purchase your Par Across Kansas coupon book for discounts to all 3 courses.
Here are some resources to help plan your trip to Topeka: Visit Topeka has a complete list of upcoming events and great places to eat for your trip to Topeka, and check out all the fun events that SCP+R have to offer this summer by clicking here.
Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas coupon book yet to get your 2 admissions to Shawnee North Aquatic Center + 11 other aquatic parks across Kansas or your Par Across Kansas coupon book? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.
*Restrictions: One-time use card, can be used for an entire group (1-5 golfers), not valid for tournaments or special events
Rock River Rapids- Derby
As the largest suburb of Wichita, Derby is an easy mini vacation for anyone in Kansas. Derby’s Rock River Rapids is a must for your summer bucket list. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas card for your visit to Derby’s awesome aquatic park.
Rock River Rapids is a full service aquatic park with concessions, lockers, a bathhouse and gift counter. There are numerous areas at the park liberally equipped with lounge chairs for relaxing. Take a raft ride with a friend or kick up with a ride down one of the slides! Derby Recreation Commission has added a New GREEEN SLIDE this year. (See photo below.) The park also has a lap pool, a lazy river and a zero depth pool for the younger visitors.
Plan your visit to Rock River Rapids around other events going on in Derby. Consider splashing the day away and then attending the 10th Annual Smoke on the Plains: Derby BBQ and Music Fest which runs June 10th-12th. The BBQ and Music Fest is free for the entire family. Proceeds from the event benefit the McConnell AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center. Click here for a complete list of Derby Recreation Commission’s summer events.
Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas card yet to get your 2 admissions to Rock River Rapids + 11 other aquatic parks across Kansas? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.
Hays Aquatic Park
Sitting right off of I-70, Hays is a great day trip or excursion stop on your vacation drive. Hays Aquatic Park is a great place to adventure and let off some energy. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas card for your visit to Hay’s fun aquatic park.
Hays Aquatic Park is complete with two very challenging slides and a lazy river. It also contains leisure and competition pools with diving boards, concessions, shaded lounging stations and a splash pool for young swimmers.
Plan your visit to Hays Aquatic Park around other events going on in Hays. Consider visiting the latest exhibits at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Visit Hays has a complete list of upcoming events and great places to eat for your trip to Hays.
Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas card yet to get your 2 admissions to Hays Aquatic Center + 16 other aquatic parks across Kansas? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.
During the recent KRPA Recreation Commission Summit, participants learned that during the 2021 legislative session, the tax lid was removed and the legislature enacted SB 13 and HB 2104. Has SB 13 raised questions for you about creating next year's budget? Or, do you have general budget questions? Join us with a panel of Recreation Commission professionals to answer your questions on June 1st at 2pm. Send your budget questions to Jamie Reed at email@example.com by May 26, 2021.
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By Katie Gough
Our family loves exploring Kansas, and we love a good challenge. In 2017, we dedicated our summer to visiting all the city parks in Wichita (over 100!) and we are currently on a quest to visit a park in every county in Kansas. When our adventurous boys and I heard about the Splash Across Kansas program, we were so excited. The economics of it appealed to the adults, I mean, two admissions to so many waterparks for only $40?!
We did make it to all the participating aquatic facilities. From Liberal to the Kansas City metro area, we traversed the state seeking adventures.
While we had fun at all of the water parks, we did have our favorites. Important to us were not only the features of the park, but our interactions with the staff, tidiness of the parks and layout as well. Most customers look at the big items (like slides), but the details are important as well: shade options for both swimmers and watchers, sidewalk sprayers and availability of rafts were big factors in making our visits a success.
Here are our five favorite water parks:
One note of caution while planning your adventures. The program went until Labor Day, but not all pools are open that long. We were planning on concluding our adventures at College Hill Pool in Wichita (since we finished our Wichita city park adventure there), but they closed the week after school started.
Another note when planning: find out when the break times are for swimming. We showed up at a pool thinking we had over an hour of swim time right as a twenty-minute break was beginning. It was very interesting to see the different break structures and lifeguard management at each pool.
All in all, we would do this adventure again next year. We are so glad the Splash Across Kansas program prompted us to adventure out to discover water parks we didn’t know about.
Kansas Department of Health & Environment has guidance and free testing available to any and all summer camps taking place in Kansas. The state has a supply of rapid, 15-minute antigen tests that can be deployed and used on-site at any camp, regardless of the type of camp. These tests can be used to screen all campers and staff at the beginning of camp, and throughout camp, but can also be used as a diagnostic test for campers and staff who become symptomatic during the camp for quick isolation of positive cases and reducing the number of individuals required to quarantine or otherwise miss camp.
Click here to view a flyer with an overview of what is needed for a camp to obtain these tests. The tests are totally free and Lacey Kennett, Preparedness Public Information Officer, will support and help the individual camps along the way to make it work. The only thing they need from a camp to get started is this simple form from their website returned via email to Lacey.Kennett@ks.gov.
KDHE knows that most people are focused on vaccinations right now, but since most children and teenagers won’t be vaccinated for quite some time, the state is making it a priority to work with camps, summer school, and other places kids and youth with be this summer to keep them as protected as possible.
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