Extreme sports complex, hotel, restaurants, amphitheater among options for Roeland Park’s old pool site and caves

The old pool site shown from above.
The old pool site shown from above.

An extreme sports complex, an amphitheater, restaurants and retail are among the options presented Monday for the redevelopment of Roeland Park’s old pool site.

A redevelopment study completed for the city by CBC Real Estate Group resulted in three possible scenarios for the old caves site. Marketing the property, though, could attract other development proposals.

The three options detailed by CBC with a cost analysis Monday included an extreme sports complex with restaurants and retail; an amphitheater with restaurants and retail; a hotel with retail and an extreme sports complex.

Jason Glasrud of CBC said all of the options include shoring up the existing cave walls and filling gaps to stabilize the area so it can be developed above the limestone walls and at street level below. The proposals include moving the Roeland Park Public Works Department and using that ground, which is at the top of the caves, for redevelopment.

The site has approximately 5.5 acres at the caves with the possibility of adding 1.8 acres along the southwest side bordering Roe Avenue that is currently right of way.

The extreme sports complex imagines zip lines, a rock climbing wall and a ropes challenge course. It also would include 25,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. That could include a couple of restaurants and a conference center for corporate retreats.

The amphitheater was designed to make maximum use of the natural environment. The amphitheater, Glasrud said, would be built into the rock face “to take advantage of the conditions that are already there.” It could have a couple of restaurants and perhaps a coffee shop that would be open on days when there are not concerts. It also could include a synthetic ice rink.

The third option presented would include a 90-room hotel operated by a national chain. This option still shows the extreme sports course and 16,000 square feet of restaurant and retail.

In the second scenario, the city would build the amphitheater and operate it, but sell off the upper retail spaces.

The council approved moving forward with plans to stabilize the cave site using available TIF money and entering a new agreement with CBC to market the site.

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