Lifeguard shortage forces revamped Roeland Park Aquatic Center to open fewer days this summer

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The city of Roeland Park is opening its aquatic center May 29 after completing $1.6 million worth of improvements. Above is the new splash pad area for children. Photo courtesy of the city of Roeland Park.

The new and improved Roeland Park Aquatic Center is set to open Saturday, May 29.

And while the city says it’s excited to unveil major refurbishments nearly two years in the offing, the revamped pool will be open fewer days than in pre-COVID years because of trouble in finding enough lifeguards, an issue bedeviling other Johnson County cities.