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Hutchinson, McPherson Water Parks to Alter End of Season Schedules

By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio


HUTCHINSON – Salt City Splash Aquatic Park in Hutchinson will be closed for the final three Mondays of the season, as the potential was raised today the McPherson Water Park may end their 2022 season early.

McPherson City Commissioners Tuesday approved a staff recommendation to cancel all private swim parties for the remainder of this year’s pool season. This affects ten private parties and a McPherson Recreation Commission swim event.

Director of Public Lands and Facilities Wayne Burns told Commissioners staff has concerns about a continued downward trend in staffing, which led to their decision to close on Mondays earlier this month. Because of that, there is the possibility the water park may have to close additional days or close for the season as early as the first of August.

Pools in many cities have been forced to curtail operations due to a lack of lifeguards and to avoid overworking what lifeguards they have. A decision on further schedule changes could come at the July 26th McPherson City Commission meeting. Commissioners also authorized credits for 2022 season pass holders towards 2023 season passes. How much that would be determined at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Hutchinson’s Salt City Splash Aquatic Park has been able to maintain normal operations despite staffing challenges. That’s about to change, as Hutch Rec executive director Tony Finlay announced during Tuesday’s Hutchinson City Council meeting Salt City splash will close the final three Mondays of their 2022 season, starting Monday, July 24th. The Hutchinson Recreation Commission Board approved the schedule change at a meeting Monday.

Finlay said they are at a point in the season where they start to lose lifeguards for planned vacations and such, and with that, they are keeping the safety of patrons and staff a top priority.

As things now stand, the last weekday for the Splash will be Friday, August 12tth, with weekend openings August 13-14 and August 20-21, the 21st the last day of their 2022 season.