New aquatics center in Topeka ranks top 15% in America

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — This park has been called “an industry leader” by the park’s designer and is right here in Topeka. This 35-foot high tower of slides put this park in the top 15% of water slide designs in the country.

One thing visitors can expect at this park is a mat slide where you start going head first and end in seven inches of water. Visitors can also look forward to a zip line, an aqua rock climbing wall and a wave pool.

“We have an activity area where you can play basketball,” Aquatic Center Supervisor, David Allacher said. “We also have access to a volleyball net and plus you have play features for the little kids. We also have a wet deck for the mothers to sunbathe while the kids are playing.”

The park’s blue slide was not only designed not for thrills, but for safety for riders who are afraid of tight spaces.

“With this slide, you have translucent bands and translucent sections and that allows so much light in that it,” Aquatic Center Designer, Zac Stone said. “One, it reduces that feeling of claustrophobia immensely.”

Stone says having lights pass you as you go down the slide gives riders the sensation of going faster by creating thrill and safety at the same time.

“There’s a lot of expandability. The park is definitely never going to get old. They have all the capability of upgrading that most parks don’t have.”

There’s much more to do for everyone in the family, but does that mean much more for your pockets?

“This year we’re going to have an introductory offer,” Allacher said. “Same as what Blaisdell and Shawnee North is…$5 for adults and $4 for youth and then it’ll be re-evaluated at the end of the season.”

Because of delays, the pool will be open until the end of September.

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