On behalf of the citizens of Kansas City, KS, I (Jarius O. Jones) am voicing the desire to have a state-of-the art aquatic center constructed in the heart of our wonderful community. This needs to be amended into the plans of the redevelopment effort of Indian Springs, so that we can enjoy the outdoor pleasures of summer.
I am a proud native and longtime resident of Kansas City, KS, who made a conscious decision to reside in KCK. Though there were many opportunities for my wife and I to relocate and raise our five children in a different community, we felt that the cultural diversity of Wyandotte County, the innovative and progressive nature of the USD# 500 Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, and the potential for improvement of my childhood surroundings made it the ideal fit. Much like the Joneses, countless others have expressed the same sentiments and made the decision to make KCK their home. However, it is very disheartening to many of the citizens when it is realized that we lack a quality public swimming facility that is accessible to all.
We are aware of the existence of the swimming pool at Parkwood and we appreciate the purpose it has served for generations of citizens living in the northeast section of KCK. However, the size of the swimming pool and its limiting design are inadequate. Some have argued that we should be satisfied with the opening of Schlitterbahn Waterpark; however, the exorbitant cost of admission, the nature of the waterpark and its location make it very difficult for us to patronize and to experience.
A swimming facility with wading pools for our youngest residents, swimming pools conducive for educating citizens how to swim and of pool safety, as well as swimming pools families can enjoy are needed for the deserving members of our community. For decades, we have been forced to travel across city and county lines where we have poured money into other municipalities for the purpose of accessing quality swimming accommodations. This is unacceptable and we demand that an aquatic center be constructed in Kansas City, KS, as a part of the proposal to redevelop Indian Springs into a recreational hub for Wyandotte County, Kansas.
We trust that our elected officials will make the correct decision to modify and to integrate this component into the original proposal.
Jarius O. Jones and the Citizens of Kansas City, KS