KC's New Parks
With the arrival of spring, find a new park to explore with your family.
Variety KC Playground at Leawood City Park 10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood, KS. Leawood City Park received a makeover last summer and now it’s better than ever. Variety KC opened the newest inclusive playground in the metro. The adaptive playground features an accessible surface and ramps to access the jungle gym, outdoor toys at wheelchair-height and swings and a zip line with special harnesses, in addition to traditional playground swings. The new park has been designed so both children and adults can play together regardless of their physical or mental abilities.
North Lea McKeighan Park 120 NE Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO. The park, currently under construction, will be opening in late spring. Families will enjoy the new adventure playground with play areas for various ages. The 5-12 area will include a zip line, a circuit ropes course with agility and balance equipment that is interconnected, and areas to climb and explore. The 2-5 play area will include balance pieces and small rock-climbing areas. The park also features a new and improved skate park and volleyball courts. Memorial Day weekend will bring the opening of a brand-new Splash Pad and concession stand.
Quail Creek Park 7024 Grandview Ave., Merriam, KS. This beautiful park, nestled in the Antioch Hills neighborhood, has recently been updated. The park offers passive areas, a paved walking path, picnic areas and playground. The new playground features a Volta spinner, a large swing, a twisted traverse for core and stability, cable climbing activities, a slide, tree climber for problem solving and upper-arm strength, and various percussion pieces to enhance sensory experiences.
Arbor Landing Park (lead story photo) 16305 S. Lindenwood Dr., Olathe, KS. This recently opened park features outdoor workout equipment for adults right next to the children’s playground and a walking trail and shelter. The playground includes musical instruments and multiple climbing features. What makes this park special is the crew had some help from a local 5-year-old, Logan Howell, who enjoyed learning about construction and helped build the playground.
Antioch Park 6501 Antioch Road Merriam, KS. Known for their Old Dodge Town play area, the park has been renovated with new buildings and structures, new swings, and a beautiful playground. Be sure to visit the rose garden and pond while you're there.
Penguin Park (pictured below) 4124 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO. The park has been remodeled to celebrate everything you've always loved with NEW ropes courses, and equipment making it better than ever.