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The City of Derby and the Derby Recreation Commission are pleased to announce the Rock River Rapids Aquatic Center is prepared to open on Monday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m. for its seventeenth season. The City of Derby will hold a news briefing for media interviews on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James. St. In case of inclement weather, the briefing will be held at Derby City Hall, 611 Mulberry Rd.
Given the risks of COVID-19, a great deal of preparation has occurred to ensure the park is as safe as possible and meets or exceeds all CDC guidelines, state orders, and Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA) recommendations.
Instead of business as usual for the waterpark, adjustments have been made to provide for six feet social distancing and enhanced sanitation, including:
“I recognize some cities chose to close their pools instead of making the numerous changes to adjust to the higher level of public health awareness required by the current pandemic” said Kathy Sexton, City Manager. “Many of those decisions were based on financial circumstances or because they did not have adequate staffing. Others were based on the difficulty of making so many changes with constantly evolving circumstances. We decided the physical health and mental well-being of the community required us to go the extra mile to provide an outlet for local outdoor activity. Providing a local option makes it easier for families to follow guidance against travel and big indoor events.”
In everything we do, safety is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Rules and procedures will be amended as needed. There is a lot about COVID-19 we do not know. This plan is based on the best information currently available and may change as our knowledge improves. Should additional information need to be shared, we will do so through our multiple media platforms, including Facebook (RockRiverRapids), Twitter (DerbyRec), and RockRiverRapids.com.