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Kansas City and its surrounding areas are blessed with acres of wonderful greenspace. Our parks and playgrounds help make Kansas City a great place to raise our families. It seems like almost every neighborhood has a great park. We want to show you a few that are really special, even spectacular!
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Johnson County, KS
Ad Astra Park (Lenexa, KS) – playground, swimming pool, open areas, picnic shelter
Antioch Park – with renovated Dodge Town Play Area (Merriam, KS)
Blackbob Park – playground, swimming pool, miniature golf, batting cages, fishing pond, ballfields, picnic shelters (Olathe, KS)
Black Hoof Park and Lake Lenexa (Lenexa, KS) – boating and fishing lake
Cedar Lake Park (Olathe, KS) – playground, fishing, sand volleyball, picnic shelters
Electric Park (Lenexa, KS) – 2 playgrounds, open play area, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, picnic shelter
Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center – 116 acres of trails and learning opportunities (Olathe, KS)
Flat Rock Creek Park (Lenexa, KS) – 2 swimming pools, tennis courts, playground
Frontier Park (Olathe, KS) – playground, small picnic shelter, ballfields, home to Olathe’s outdoor concerts
Heritage Park – picnic shelters, a 40 acre lake, marina with pedal boat and sailboard rentals, concessions, shelters and picnic areas, play areas, athletic fields for softball, football, soccer, and an 18-hole championship golf course and driving range (Olathe, KS)
I-Lan Park – great playground! (Leawood, KS)
Ironwoods Park – with Prairie Oak Nature Center and Oxford Schoolhouse and a playground too! (Leawood)
Kill Creek Park – picnic shelters, a swimming beach, a marina, and 17 miles of trails (Olathe, KS)
Lake Olathe (Olathe, KS) – playground, picnic shelters, fishing
Matt Taylor Park (Lenexa, KS) – 3 playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, picnic shelters
Prairie Center Park (Olathe, KS) – playground, disc golf course, ballfields, fishing pond, short trail
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (Lenexa, KS) – pool, lake, picnic areas/shelters, trails, ballfields, courts, FIVE PLAYGROUNDS, local historical museum
Shawnee Mission Park – with swimming beach and marina (Shawnee, KS)
Stoll Park – athletic playing fields, a small fishing lake, picnic shelter, playground and a walking trail (south Overland Park, KS)
Tomahawk Park – ball fields and playgrounds (Leawood, KS)
Two Trails Park (Olathe, KS) – playground, skate park, short trail, ballfields, picnic shelters, tennis courts
Jackson County, MO
Loose Park (Kansas City, MO) – tons of green space, ducks, playground, splash park, beautiful gardens
Blue and Gray Park (7 miles south of I-70 on Buckner-Tarsney Rd)- 1733 acres and very popular for horseback riders, hikers and overnight camping.
Fleming Park (formerly Lake Jacomo)- located 15 minutes from KC, this is the largest of the Jackson County parks and features 2 lakes and 2 full-service marinas
Landahl Park (Independence, MO)- 2 miles east of MO7 on Truman Rd and popular with mountain bikers
Legacy Park (Lee’s Summit, MO) – features an AWESOME handicapped-accessible playground. The playground itself is called the Joseph Dyke Inclusive Playground. It features handicapped accessible swings, playground equipment and ramps. The surface of the playground is made so that wheelchairs can be pushed on it. The playground also houses a shelter and bathrooms.
Longview Lake Park (Lee’s Summit, MO)- I-470 at Raytown Rd. This is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and features a beach, marina and lots to do. You MUST check it out at Christmastime for the annual “Christmas in the Park” light extravaganza!
Penn Valley Park (Kansas City, MO) – home to the Liberty Memorial, did you know that Penn Valley Park also has a skate park?
Swope Park (Kansas City, MO) – This amazing park has been around for over 100 years – it offers golf courses, a pool, the Kansas City Zoo, the Lakeside Nature Center, Starlight Theatre and many picnic shelters and athletic fields
Platte County, MO
Barry-Platte Park (Kansas City north, MO) – several play structures, picnic shelters, ballfields, sand volleyball
Platte Ridge Park (Platte City, MO) – lots of ball fields, one play structure, trail around pond – brand new!
Clay County, MO
Stocksdale Park (Liberty, MO) offers a clean playground for the kids (slides, swings, etc), a fenced-in off leash dog park, a horseshoe arena, restrooms, large jogging/walking/bike riding trail, and multiple sports fields (baseball, soccer). It’s off the beaten path, but a wonderful space (with plenty of parking) for individuals of all ages to enjoy nature. 901 S La Frenz Rd (816) 439-4382
Dagg Park (North Kansas City, MO) – Great wading pool and playground, picnic shelters
Hodge Park (Kansas City north, MO) – two golf courses, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, amphitheatre and athletic fields
Macken Park (North Kansas City, MO) – two playgrounds, picnic shelters, ball fields, basketball courts and more
Penguin Park (Kansas City north, MO) – awesome playground! 26 foot kangaroo slide! 23 foot penguin that the kids can play inside! This is a MUST SEE! June 28, 2010–reader Dawnua reports that park is under massive repair/construction. Stay tuned!
And if you’re looking for something to do outside, don’t forget to check out our OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES page too!!