Now that owner Blair Tanner’s completed $3 million in renovations to the pool and outdoors at Woodside Pool, Tennis and Health Club, he’s moving on to phase two and three and stepping up the pace at Kansas City’s number one health, tennis, outdoor and pool facility.
And this just in…
Tanner and his staff have opened the adult pool a month earlier than most other local private clubs.
“Why deprive our members and their guests of their opportunity to get some fun and sun from the first week of May all the way up to October if the weather holds up?” Tanner says.
It’s not a money grab, but rather a convenience to club members.
Tanner lives in LA – although he’s from Kansas City – so he’s used to warm weather nearly year round already. So hey, why not here?
One of the nicest additions to the pool deck is a 50 foot long outdoor bar loaded to the max with every new-fangled blender, cocktail and food concept imaginable. He’s also added a much larger cocktail, bartending and wait staff to replicate the feel of four star hotels in Hawaii and Miami.
And from my point of view, the hot young, new staffers look like they came out of a Hollywood casting office. They’re sharp, well-dressed and in excellent shape, if you get my drift.
The even larger lower deck houses an Olympic-size, family pool, baby pool and a building for other health needs – oh and fast food – and will open to families on Memorial Day Weekend.
The first big affair is in mid-June with – get this – a real, live Mermaid as guest of honor. She’ll be swimming in each of the adult and family pools, day and night.
That’s right folks, from parts unknown, a gorgeous young lady wearing a mermaid outfit like Darryl Hannah’s in the movie ‘Splash’ will be fanning her tail in and out of the pool during this huge event.
Last season they had several small evening events on Friday nights and big ones monthly on Saturday nights. They attracted a Who’s Who of upwardly mobile Kansas Citians.
So just how busy are Woodside’s pools and parties?
So much so, that if you don’t have a reservation you probably won’t get a seat or into the parties because they usually sell out.
I’m often asked what kind of people belong to Woodside these days?
It’s an even mix of age groups, with 25 percent between between 25-35, another 25 percent between 35-45, 20 percent between 45-55 and nearly twenty percent are 55 and up.
While the younger groups dominate the pool scene, there’s no shortage of middle agers hanging out and enjoying themselves at Woodside’s four pools.
Another nice addition are the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders.
That’s right, the Chiefs and Woodside have partnered to help keep the team’s cheerleaders in top shape and they work out with Woodside trainers, swim in the pools and lounge on the decks. They even wearing their cheerleading outfits for sporting events.
One thing that makes it all work inside and out is one of KC’s best management teams of Chris Bell, David Freeland, Katie McLean and Scott Carr.
How much does it cost ?
Woodside offers more of everything – sports and health – along with a cast of Kansas City socialites, hipsters, movers-and-shakers and local celebrities like me.
There’s no golf course, but trust me, you’ll get a monster bang for your buck at this awesome facility and you may even get to see me in action at the pool or in the gym.
Hey, what’s not to like about all that?