Water park opens; new ride delayed

The world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., as seen on May 10.

Schlitterbahn water park opened today, but without the new world’s tallest water slide.

The Verruckt originally was supposed to open May 23, but has been postponed tentatively to June 5, according to a note on the water park’s website.

The water park is working toward completing adjustments and commissioning the new ride, according to the announcement. Contest winners will participate on June 5.

The park is located at 94th and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Today’s opening hours were 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark makes Guinness World Record

The new waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., today was named the world’s tallest. Mayor Mark Holland made some remarks at the event. (Photo by William Crum)
The new waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., today was named the world’s tallest. Gov. Sam Brownback made some remarks at the event. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

It is official. The new 17-story Verruckt waterslide located at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., is the world’s largest.

A representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to make it official today. If you’ve ever seen it will put a new meaning to the word fear.

Also on hand today were Mayor Mark Holland and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

When asked when you plan to ride on the slide, Mayor Holland replied, “On May 23 both the governor and I will be going on it together,” although this is a tentative date. Each raft that goes down the slide will have four persons on it.

May 23 is the opening day for Schlitterbahn’s season. The monster ride, now officially the world’s tallest, is located at 94th and State in Kansas City, Kan. For more information, visit www.Schlitterbahn.com.

Schlitterbahn to hold job fair April 12

Schlitterbahn will hold a job fair for summer work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
The job fair will be in Schlitterbahn’s entry building.
On the list of jobs available are lifeguard, admissions, kitchen staff, cashiers, retail warehouse and park services, bar staff, and greeters.
At Schlitterbahn, lifeguards help guests navigate tube chutes and keep an eye out for struggling swimmers.
For more information visit http://www.schlitterbahn.com/kc/jobs.