Lake for future Splash Aqua Park safe, owner says

Published: Jan. 24, 2019 at 4:01 PM CST
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The lake sits on the southeast side of I-235 and Seneca near a sports bar, restaurant and mobile home park that looks much different than it did 20 years ago.

In 1999, a tornado ripped through Haysville destroying much of a mobile home park in south Wichita. Debris was scattered and homes were lost.

That led many of you to ask us if the lake just north of the mobile home park is safe for a new Wichita attraction, Splash Aqua Park ICT. The concern was that old debris is still in the lake. FactFinder 12 talked to the owner who says the lake will be safe.

Cole Kalkbrenner is the man behind the park which boasts on its website as, "a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows, and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large, clean and refreshing lake."

"It features swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, a slide, wiggle bridges, and so much more. There is a great variety of different shapes, sizes, and functions, making the activity exciting and entertaining for everyone," the website continues.

Kalkbrenner told FactFinder 12 by the time this park is ready to go, there won't be a part of that lake he and his team haven't explored. He said the inflatable structures will require roughly 100 anchors and developers have to have a good idea of what the bottom of the lake looks like in order to anchor the structures properly.

He added much of the lake has been drained and they didn't see any debris. He said there was also a water pump running 24 hours a day for two weeks in preparation for development. His team will, "execute all safety measures," he said with certainty.

If you've been to the lake before, it likely doesn't look the same anymore. Kalkbrenner said his team is adding 14 acres to the lake in a dirt project totaling roughly $9 million.

Though the bottom of the lake shouldn't be any concern for those attending the park, he also added all customers will be in United States Coast Guard approved life jackets so they wouldn't be near the bottom or the anchors anyway.

Kalkbrenner said he hopes people in Wichita can get on board with the park calling it, "the largest re-development project in Kansas." He added it's bringing jobs to the city through construction, development and once it's open and he hopes the community will support the destination project.