Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation
4600 East 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO

Investment: $7.5M
Number of New Jobs: 111 Seasonal/Part-time

The Bay Water Park is loaded with ameities including a six-lane lap pool, zero depth entry leisure pool, water playground, family slide, 900 foot lazy river with waves, two tube slides, and a swirl bowl slide within 350,000 gallons of water. There are 23 sun shades, a concession stand, two family changing rooms, and a bath house constructed from lpe wood, an extremely durable and sustainable hardwood from Brazilian rain forests. Total capacity is 1000 people.

Improvement to Neighborhood and/or Business District:

Ruskin/Hickman Mills is a diverse, suburban community located approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The neighborhoods were developed largely in the decades following World War II (1950-1970). During that time, two major interstates were built and postwar housing developed at a rapid pace. The thriving area was annexed by the city in 1961 and 1963.

Starting in 1970, development and population growth stabilized. Proportionately fewer new houses were built and the large stock of housing built there during the 1950s and 60s no longer satisfied market demand. The smaller houses are often positioned on slab grade foundations and many do not have the amenities found with newer construction. Some neighborhoods that were developed before annexation into the city are in need of basic urban infrastructure such as sidewalks and sewers. As a result, owner occupancy declined and there have been significant shifts in demographics. The median household income of Ruskin/Hickman Mills dropped $8,000 in the last 10 years and is currently $10,000 below the U.S. average Retail areas struggle with uncertain future viability and many of the store fronts remain vacant. Recent years have also seen the decline and closure of the once thriving Bannister Mall, a regional mall that had been built in the 1980s.

Ruskin/Hickman Mills was given new life when the groundbreaking for the $7.5M state of the art water park was held on July 18, 2011, and subsequently opened to the public on May 26, 2012.