The City of Independence announced today it is changing operations at the Adventure Oasis Water Park. The Park will close on Friday, June 18. The Park will reopen on Saturday, June 19, with the implementation of new operating practices and residency requirements. The City is taking this action as a result of staffing and capacity challenges experienced since opening earlier this month.
“We have seen record-breaking attendance over the first two-weeks of operations this year, with wait times of up to an hour and a half to enter the park,” Assistant City Manager Adam Norris said. “This overcrowding is putting a significant strain on the facility and Park staff. The number of discipline and security issues has also risen dramatically, with one happening almost every day the Park has been opened.”
Adventure Oasis Water Park has seen capacity attendance 11 of the 13 days they have been opened. This has led to long wait times to enter the Park and parking issues for patrons attempting to get in.
On Saturday, June 19, patrons purchasing single-day tickets or punch passes will be required to provide proof of residency. This includes a valid ID such as a driver’s license or school issued ID for students within the Independence, Blue Springs, Fort Osage or Raytown School Districts. Non-residents living outside of Independence city limits who have previously purchased season passes will also be admitted. Current punch-pass holders will be allowed to use the remainder of their visits. For the duration of this season single-day tickets, punch passes, and season passes will only be sold to residents of Independence.
The Park is open 12-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 4th of July. Twilight ticket sales have been discontinued until further notice.
“The Adventure Oasis Water Park was created as a venue for our residents to enjoy here in Independence and we want to make it is a fun, safe, welcoming environment,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “The steps we are taking ensure that they will be able to enjoy it for years to come.”
You can find prices, hours of operation, classes, events, and current capacity for the Park at indep.us/adventureoasis.