The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., with its world-famous Verrukt water slide, is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 22. For more details about the park, visit (File photo)
The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., with its world-famous Verruckt water slide, is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 22. For more details about the park, visit (File photo)

Schlitterbahn opens its season on Friday, and it will be the first full season this year for the Verruckt water slide, the world’s tallest water slide.

The Verruckt made its debut last year to worldwide attention.

Besides Verruckt, Schlitterbahn features four man-made tubing rivers including the longest tidal wave river, six tube slides and chutes, six beaches, and a hot tub with a swim-up refreshment bar. There are also 13 mini-slides for children.

The first week of this season will be the American Heroes Week at Schlitterbahn. First responders and military will receive free admission from May 22-29. Their family members will get 50 percent off as well. For details about the heroes discount, visit

The park will be open through Labor Day. The hours on opening day, Friday, will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Monday, Memorial Day, are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Tuesday through Friday of next week, hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours will vary, with most starting times at 10 a.m. For information about park hours, visit the website.


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Today will be sunny; rain in forecast for several days starting Friday night

Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland will kick off a Listening Tour next week consisting of stops in each of the eight UG Commission districts across the county.

In 2017, the STAR bonds used to finance the Village West area will pay off and the UG will receive a windfall of sales tax revenue totaling around $12 million. Holland intends to use the Listening Tour to ask residents for their input on how to spend the new revenue.

Mayor Mark Holland
Mayor Mark Holland

“These additional funds provide us an opportunity that doesn’t come around often, and we need to work collaboratively to make sure we put these resources to use thoughtfully and efficiently,” Holland said, in a news release. “We are experiencing a growth in our population after 40 years of decline, and in 2014, of all the new jobs created in the Greater KC Metro area, 40 percent of them were in Wyandotte County. But, there is a lot of work to be done and our residents should have a say on how we continue this progress.”

Each meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief update from Mayor Holland and the UG Commissioners who represent the district.

Then attendees will break in to facilitator-led discussion groups to give feedback on the budget. Facilitators will be available to lead discussions in Spanish. The first stop on the tour will be next Tuesday, and the Mayor will be joined by 1st District Commissioner Gayle Townsend and 1st District At-Large Commissioner Melissa Bynum.

May 26 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Middle School
2400 N. 18th St.
Kansas City, Kan.

The complete schedule for the 2015 Listening Tour:

District 1, May 26*, Northwest Middle School, Commissioner Gayle Townsend.
District 2, June 23*, McKinley Elementary, Commissioner Brian McKiernan.
District 3, July 7, Rosedale Middle School, Commissioner Ann Murguia.
District 4, Aug. 25*, Wyandotte High School, Commissioner Harold Johnson.
District 5, Sept. 8*, Piper High School, Commissioner Mike Kane.
District 6, Oct. 13, Turner High School, Commissioner Angela Markley.
District 7, Nov. 17, Bonner Springs High School, Commissioner Jim Walters.
District 8, Dec. 8*, Schlagle High School, Commissioner Jane Philbrook.
*Indicates 1st District at-large Commissioner Melissa Bynum will be in attendance.

All residents are encouraged to attend, according to a spokesman. For updated information during the tour, visit