Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence will not open this season.


With public health considerations still at the forefront during the coronavirus pandemic, and due to budget considerations for a limited pool season with a yet-unknown start date, city officials decided not to open the facility this year.


Normally, the water park near 23rd Street and Missouri 291 would open on Memorial Day weekend and stay open until school starts in mid-August. The current area stay-at-home directives last until April 24 but could be extended this week, and the city has already postponed or delayed several events or site openings into May.


Refunds for Adventure Oasis pass holders will start immediately – the city says no call will be necessary. If an individual paid with a credit card, the refund will appear on the card that was used. If an individual paid with cash or check, a check will be mailed to the pass holder. All refunds will be processed within 30 business days. For more information, water park patrons can call 816-325-7370, Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. The city intends to open the water park as usual in 2021.


City Manager Zach Walker said while there is some budget savings by not having operation costs through a third party, that is essentially offset by no revenue from admissions, concessions and rentals. If the city had delayed opening as a precaution and then had a shortened season, it might well have incurred a financial loss.


“We, like communities across the country, are analyzing all of our programs and services to ensure that we are taking the appropriate steps to protect our citizens and visitors,” Mayor Eileen Weir said in a release. “This will involve tough decisions, like not opening Adventure Oasis, on programs and events our citizens and visitors have come to know and love. We hope to plan family events later this spring and summer as our parks and public spaces are allowed to reopen.”