We’ve found ourselves outside more lately because the weather has been so nice. We thought it would be fun to do a roundup of 5 of our favorite parks in Kansas City! Let us know if you have a favorite park of your own.
If you want to find a park close to you that’s not on this list, be sure to check out the Johnson County Park and Recreation District website, or the Kansas City Parks website. There are hundreds of parks in Kansas City!
Parks in Kansas
Antioch Park – 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS
The forty four acre Antioch park features new or updated amenities such as two fishing lakes, walking path, tennis courts, picnic shelters, basketball courts, restrooms, playground, paved parking, and cook out grills. Antioch Park attracts up to 700,000 visitors each year.
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park – 87th Street and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS
The 53 acre Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park has one swimming pool, a three-acre lake, a gazebo/bandstand, five picnic areas, six reservable shelters, four jogging/walking trails, three soccer 1/2 fields, five playground areas, six open play areas, two sand volleyball courts, four lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball field, community garden, Legler Barn Historical Museum, railroad caboose and a restored railroad museum.
Shawnee Mission Park – 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS
Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. The beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, and much more. The park also has eleven spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre dog off-leash area, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding.
Parks in Missouri
Loose Park – 5200 Wornall, Kansas City, MO
At 75-acres, Jacob L. Loose Park is one of Kansas City’s most popular, beautiful and historical parks. It’s well known locally as being a major site for the Battle of Westport. It’s where Confederate forces were routed by Union forces in the area in which the park is now located. The 75 acre park features a playground with a sand pit and small rock wall, a beautiful pond, fields perfect for kite flying, frisbee, or ball games, spraygrounds, tennis courts, paved trails, and a beautiful rose garden.
Penguin Park – North Vivion Road and North Norton Avenue, Kansas City, MO
Vernon Jones, the Kansas City North parks district supervisor, created and built figures for Santa’s Wonderland in Gillham Park. After another employee made a miniature penguin for Santa’s Wonderland, Jones decided to build a large penguin in 1964. The penguin was placed on the northern area of Lakewood Greenway and was a hit. The park has a shelter house with picnic tables, restrooms, and playgrounds for all ages (swings, slides, climbing equipment, merry-go-round, spring animals, and more). The 1.88-mile Lakewood Greenway Trail runs through the park.