Missouri Water Park Apologizes to Black Family After Canceling Their Teen Son’s Birthday Pool Party

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A Missouri water park has apologized to a Black family that booked the venue for a big party but was left high and dry.

Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation said in a statement published Tuesday that it had conducted an internal review of an Aug. 6 event it booked, then canceled on a day when hundreds of teens were hoping to beat the summer heat and have some fun. That investigation “identified missed processes and miscommunication that led to the cancellation,” administrator Joe Snook wrote in his lengthy explanation.

“A sincere apology is owed to the Evans family and our Lee’s Summit community,” he wrote.

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Lee’s Summit is the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and sits near Missouri’s border with Kansas.

According to LSPR, the Evans family booked the park on July 8 for a birthday party that was to have lasted from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Park officials said that on Aug. 4, they became aware of a social media post advertising an event called “Splash Blast 2″ that was being hosted at its water park during that time. Promoting events at the park is in violation of the venue’s rental terms.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Brian Niemietz

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