Verruckt water slide to open Thursday in KCK

Views of demonstrations of the new Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, July 9, in Kansas City, Kan. The new ride opens to the public on Thursday, July 10. (Photo by William Crum)

Jeff Henry, one of the owners of Schlitterbahn, designed the new Verruckt water slide. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

It finally happened, the world’s largest waterslide called Verruckt, which means insane, will open tomorrow. After many months of testing the slide finally will be open.

Today, there was a preview of the slide and everyone who rode the slide said it was awesome, including Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland.

“I’m a roller coaster fan and I thoroughly enjoyed the new waterslide,” Holland said. “It will take your breath away. I didn’t have any trouble going up the stairs, because I use the stairs whenever I can at the City Hall.”

Jeff Henry, one of the owners of Schlitterbahn, said, “When I designed this waterslide I wanted it to be the best waterslide that was ever made.”

Jamie Haggerty, who works for the Board of Public Utilities at the Muncie water plant, said it was amazing. “It will truly take your breath away,” he said. Jamie is a three-year veteran at the Muncie water station. He lives close and has watched the water slide being built.

“I cannot wait until it was done,” he said.

Another Wyandotte County resident, Philip Brown, who is an engineer at the water department, said it was awesome.

In the future, I, like a lot of residents in Wyandotte County plan to try the new waterslide myself.

Tomorrow will be the first day that the slide is open to the public. The lines for the ride will probably be long, so definitely go early. The park is at 94th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

On Wednesday, the Schlitterbahn website said it is a soft opening and the hours may vary. Another page on the Schlitterbahn website said the Verruckt plans to open around noon each day beginning Thursday, July 10. The park opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. in July. Admission price listed on the website starts at $36.99 for adults and $28.99 for children 3-11 years old. For more information on when the Schlitterbahn Waterpark will be open go to the website, www.schlitterbahn.com.

Mayor Mark Holland went on the world’s tallest slide today at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. He said, “It will take your breath away.” (Photo by William Crum)

Jamie Haggerty and Marie Townsend of the Board of Public Utilities tried out the new Verruckt water slide on Wednesday at Schlitterbahn. (Photo by William Crum)

Phil Brown, an engineer at the Board of Public Utilities, said the new Verruckt water slide was “awesome.” (Photo by William Crum)

Views of demonstrations of the new Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, July 9, in Kansas City, Kan. The new ride opens to the public on Thursday, July 10. (Photo by William Crum)

Views of demonstrations of the new Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, July 9, in Kansas City, Kan. The new ride opens to the public on Thursday, July 10. (Photo by William Crum)

Views of demonstrations of the new Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, July 9, in Kansas City, Kan. The new ride opens to the public on Thursday, July 10. (Photo by William Crum)

Views of demonstrations of the new Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, July 9, in Kansas City, Kan. The new ride opens to the public on Thursday, July 10. (Photo by William Crum)

Kindergarten Roundup set for April 17 at all Kansas City, Kansas Public School elementary schools

Enrollment time is here for kindergartners starting school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools next fall.

On Thursday, April 17, all KCKPS elementary schools will be holding Kindergarten Roundup sessions.

Parents with children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, may enroll them for the 2014-2015 school year.

Kindergarten Roundup is for both parents and children. Activities taking place during the sessions differ from school to school, but children will be given the opportunity to get acquainted with the kindergarten teachers, and learn about going to school, while parents complete the necessary paperwork.

In many instances, translators will be provided.

Dates have not yet been set for preschool enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents with questions may call 913-627-0360.

Parents should bring the following information with them for kindergarten enrollment:

• Their child’s state birth certificate (must be the original, not a copy)

• Their child’s current immunization records

• Proof of a recent physical for their child

• Proof of address (such as a utility bill or lease agreement with the parents’ name on it)

Times and locations of the enrollment for each school:

Banneker Elementary, 2026 N. 4th St., April 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m., Angela Wright, principal, 627-4700;

Bethel Elementary, 7850 Yecker, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., Faye Thicklin, principal, 627-3000;

Caruthers Elementary, 1100 Waverly, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., Dionandre Josenberger, principal, 627-4750;

Claude Huyck Elementary, 1530 N. 83rd, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Colleen Dudley, principal, 627-4650;

Douglass Elementary, 1310 N. 9th, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leala Taylor, principal, 627-5100;

Emerson Elementary, 1429 S. 29th, April 17, 1:30 p.m., Brett Bernard, principal, 627-5900;

Eugene Ware Elementary, 4820 Oakland, April 17, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m., Collette Chaney, principal, 627-5950;

Frances Willard Elementary, 3400 Orville, April 17, 1:30 p.m., Sarah Pike, principal, 627-6100;

Frank Rushton Elementary, 2605 W. 43rd Ave., April 17, 2:30 p.m., Mary Welsh, principal, 627-3050;

Grant Elementary, 1510 N. 4th St., April 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12:45 to 2:45 p.m., Janice McConnell-Miller, 627-4300;

Hazel Grove Elementary, 2401 N. 67th St., April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dee Dee Hines, principal, 627-7000;

John F. Kennedy Elementary, 2600 N. 72nd, April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Canise Salinas, principal, 627-4950;

John Fiske Elementary, 625 S. Valley, April 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Josie Herrera, principal, 627-4850;

Lindbergh Elementary, 641 N. 57th, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, Iva Lee Colgan, principal, 627-5150;

Mark Twain Elementary, 2300 Minnesota Ave., April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m., Sandra Egidy, principal, 627-5200;

McKinley Elementary, 611 N. 14th, April 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ruth Capell, principal, 627-7350;

Pearson Elementary, 310 N. 11th, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Connie Horner, principal, 627-3150;

New Chelsea Elementary, 2500 Wood, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dominic Flora, principal, 627-5000;

New Stanley Elementary, 3604 Metropolitan, April 17, from 7:45 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 6 p.m., Ryan Most, principal, 627-3950;

Noble Prentis Elementary, 2337 S. 14th St., April 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., James Poplau, principal, 627-5250;

Parker Elementary, 3334 Haskell, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m., Janice Turner, principal, 627-4300;

Quindaro Elementary, April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m., Linnie Poke, principal, 627-4400;

Silver City Elementary, 2515 Lawrence Ave., April 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m., Deanne Letourneau, principal, 627-4550;

Stony Point North Elementary, 8200 Elizabeth, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Jane Martin, principal, 627-4500;

Stony Point South Elementary, 150 S. 78th, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Lori Cooper, principal, 627-4600;

Edison Elementary, 1000 Locust, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m., Cindy Cop, principal, 627-4900;

Welborn Elementary, 5200 Leavenworth Road, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m., Jennifer Malone, principal, 627-4450;

White Church Elementary, 2226 N. 85th, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bruce Haber, 627-4250;

Whittier Elementary, 295 S. 10th, April 17, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 5 p.m., Geri Cunningham, 627-4250;

William Allen White Elementary, 2600 N. 43rd Terrace, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., or 1 to 3 p.m., Alexis Etier, principal, 627-6250.

– Story from Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools