The formerly sleepy Woodside Health & Tennis has bankrolled a seven-figure remodel of its pool facilities and plans on reclaiming the hotties magnet crown it ceded to The Jones rooftop pool in the Power & Light District downtown four years ago.
“The pool is clearly built for one reason,” Woodside habitue Craig Glazer said of The Jones in 2009. “To meet hotties.”
That from a dude who a year or so earlier compared Woodside to the Playboy Mansion.
But Woodside’s been getting a little long in the tooth.
Until last fall when the club embarked on a megabucks upgrade.
“It’s going to be the 8th Wonder of the World,” Glazer says of Woodside’s new pool. “It’s going to be the nicest pool facility in the Midwest, not just Kansas City.”
The secret of Woodside’s soon-to-be-unveiled success:
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Glazer says. “It’s got fountains, bars, a new eating facility, cabanas and areas where you can have private parties. My understanding is they’re spending $2.2 million just for the pool area.”
“Well, it just got thread worn,” Glazer says. “You know in its hey day it was kind of the wunderkind, but in the last five or six years it just got dated.”
That’s the bad news, now the good.
“Woodside’s gone way above and beyond what they needed to do,” Glazer says. “And they’ve spent another few million on the inside. So you know, for about $100 a month it’s a really good deal. I think they’re going to sell out the memberships. I’d be surprised if they didn’t sell another 1000 memberships because of this.”
The ETA on Woodside’s new pool?
“It’s supposed to open on time on Memorial Day in about four weeks,” Glazer says.
As for The Jones, “You can’t compare it now to Woodside,” Glazer says. “The Jones is for that middle class, a little younger, less income, see-and-be-seen crowd. And it’s just too small. It just doesn’t have anything going on except for Saturdays when it’s packed.
“It used to be kind of the place to go for strippers and the bar crowd because all you have to do is show up and pay five or ten bucks. Remember when they first opened and they had all those nighttime parties? You don’t hear much about that anymore.”