New $15 million Sar-Ko-Par Aquatic Center opens Saturday in Lenexa

LENEXA, Kan. — When it came to redesigning a new public pool in Lenexa, city officials went to the people who know best… Kids!

Sar-Ko-Par Aquatic Center, formerly Indian Trails Aquatic Center, will open on Saturday. The aquatic center is Lenexa’s flagship outdoor pool.

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The pool was closed for a $15 million renovation last season but will open for the summer of 2024.

The former pool, Indian Trails Aquatic Center, was built in 1976. According to the City of Lenexa, the 2019 Aquatics Study showed that the pool had reached the end of its useful life and needed major repairs.

In 2022, the city began to envision what a new pool could look like. More than 400 Lenexa elementary students weighed in, as well as residents, to give ideas for the new pool.

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After robust public input, designs were finalized, the community voted on a new name and construction began in March 2023.

Here’s what you can expect to see at the new aquatic center:

  • Zero-depth entry pool with interactive features for younger children

  • Climbable play feature with dump bucket

  • Lazy river with a variety of flow currents and features

  • 25-yard competition/lap pool

  • Deep-water alcove and diving boards

  • Inner tube slide and speed slide

  • New shade features

  • New family restrooms and open-air admissions area

Admission is $9 for residents, $12 for nonresidents, and kids 2 and under are free. The pool will be open every day from noon to 8 p.m. and will close for the season on Sept. 2.

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