The Rush to spring

By: 
Ethan Gray

New 3-D renderings by Sapp Design showing the features at The Rush in Republic. The park is expected to add two new slides and a lazy river as part of the massive $7.3 million expansion which will double the park’s size.

Republic Aquatic Center renamed; remodel less than four months from grand opening
The Republic Aquatic Center has received a name change amidst its continuing construction. The Rush, as it is now called, is still on track to be finished within the expected timeframe, according to Garrett Cline, Recreation Superintendent for Republic Parks and Recreation.
The name change comes with a new view of what the aquatic center is, according to Cline. He said that the facility will be more than just an aquatic center from now on, and its new name should reflect that. It also marks a change in how it will be branded, seeming closer now to a water park.
“It is much more than just a pool now,” said Cline.
As previously reported in The Commonwealth, the already impressive RAC will be taking on some additional features, including a 575-foot-long lazy river, two additional slides, and food truck parking. This was all made possible because of the sales tax that was passed in 2022. The Rush will be effectively doubled in size once the renovations are complete, amounting to $7.3 million once all is said and done.
Cline said that construction was well on its way. To this point, at least parts of the steel, dirt, and concrete work have been completed. The steel for the slides is currently being put up, and there is still concrete to pour, but much of the dirt work is complete, which Cline said is the most uncertain part of any project. The notoriously difficult soil in Missouri was feared to cause problems, according to Cline, but to this point, they have yet to hit a snag.
“We’ve been really lucky so far; everything has gone very smoothly,” he said.
As previously reported, the park is expected to open on May 12 of this year. This has been confirmed by Cline, who said that the lack of unforeseen problems in the project has helped them keep on schedule.

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