TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County Parks + Recreation aquatic centers and pools will close for the season after Aug. 8. Each year, SCP+R aquatic facilities close the last weekend before its high school and college staff members return to school. Three Topeka school districts begin classes as early as Aug. 11 this year. Due to a shortage of staff, SCP+R will not be able to keep one aquatic center open weekends only through Labor Day as has been the practice in the past.
“We are grateful to all of our lifeguards, pool mangers and concessions staff for going above and beyond this summer to provide our community with the full range of aquatic recreational opportunities that we have to offer,” said Tim Laurent, SCP+R director.
Aquatic fitness classes already scheduled will be held exclusively at Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center through Sept. 6 as fewer staff are required for the classes.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.