Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation provides facilities, programs and recreational opportunities for the community that contributes to an aesthetically pleasing environment and enhanced quality of life.
The department operates and maintains close to 12,000 acres of parkland including 220 parks, 29 lakes, 100+ miles of trails and bikeways, hundreds of athletic fields and tennis courts, 61 picnic shelters, five golf courses and four museums. Scenic boulevards and parkways crisscross the city, where fountains and ornamental structures surprise and delight.
You can reserve a picnic shelter now. Shelters are available for rental from May 1 through October 31. All reservations are for the entire day (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
In the summer, residents can beat the heat outdoors at local spray grounds and pools including the Springs Aquatic Center or The Bay Water Park. Those looking for something cool indoors need look no further than the Line Creek Community Center ice arena – open year round. You can buy passes, including pool passes, online.
Line Creek is just one of ten community centers residents utilize for recreation, relaxation and enrichment. Workshops and courses at the centers are a source of great enjoyment as they address a wide range of interests from outdoor enthusiasts seeking a greater understanding of nature to indoor craft courses on the practical and fine arts or physical activity such as aerobics, basketball , Zumba and Judo.
Entertainment and fun abound in the parks with a rich schedule of seasonal special events, festivals and cultural programs. Residents can embrace their creative spirit though theater, music, and film events hosted by KC Parks or one of their many partners. KC Parks also offers a variety of athletic events and competitions in which you can participate including car free weekends of Cliff Drive, cross country runs, the Heartland Heat Triathlon and Ride the Fountains Bicycle Tour.
The KC Zoo, is a favorite for young and old alike and is located in Swope Park, where 1,805 acres of fun are ready to be discovered. One of the country’s largest urban parks, Swope Park is also home to Starlight Theatre, Lakeside Nature Center, Swope Soccer Village, and the annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival.
Additional attractions include the Loose Park Rose Garden featuring 4,000 roses of nearly 150 varieties; Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Hodge Park, a village of 20 authentic 19th century buildings; and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and Off-Broadway Theatre are located in Penn Valley Park.
Learn more about Parks and Recreation at kcparks.org.