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Loose Park, Kansas City

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Loose Park is the third largest park in Kansas City. It is located at 51st Street and Wornall Road. The park is home to a lake, a shelter house, Civil War markers, tennis courts, a water park, picnic areas and a Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is popular for all types of outdoor special events including theatrical performances and wedding ceremonies.The park was once a pasture belonging to Kansas City pioneer Seth Ward. During the Battle of Westport in American Civil War Confederate General Sterling Price is said to have to commanded his forces from gun emplacements on the south end of the park.In 1897 Ward leased the land to the Kansas City Country Club for its first golf course. In 1907 J.C. Nichols bought land around the course to form the Country Club District and Country Club Plaza. In 1925 when the golf club moved to Mission Hills, Kansas the land became a city park.In 1977 artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Walk Ways with 12,500 m2 of orange-yellow coloured shiny nylon fabric.In 1979 Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig and Paul Gorup founded the Cerner Corporation while on a picnic in the park.Garden CenterThe Loose Park Garden Center was built in 1957 for meetings and horticultural exhibitions of various kinds. It is located in Loose Park at 5200 Pennsylvania Avenue. The garden center has two large meeting rooms with small kitchens attached to the meeting rooms.
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  • Our terrier mix rescue/adoption has been with us for nearly three years, but fate has prevented us from a Loose Park visit. We have rectified that oversight twice (so far) during the past several days...  more »
  • I visit this park every year for a charity run... and I appreciate it a little more each time I go. Great beauty right inside the city!  more »
  • A great place to stroll or, I would imagine, enjoy a picnic in the spring or summer. I was here for my daughter's high school prom pictures and many other groups had the same idea! The Rose Garden was...  more »
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  • I have a bonsai club that meets here a few times a month so I visit the park often, after the meeting I always try to go through the rose garden, there is often a lot of people taking photos for weddings/prom etc but when you have the garden to yourself it is quite wonderful. They also have a nice walking trail around the park and the pond is very nice. Unlike a lot of parks which are just flat grassy areas this park has a lot of attractions and is well maintained, I appreciate the age and architecture.
  • This has to be one of the best parks in Kansas City. It had a great walking/running, 🎾 facilities, a play ground and a 🌹 garden. Not to mention recycling bins located throughout. I also like the pond however it could use a good cleaning.
  • A beautiful rose garden, a tulip garden, great play area for children, a nice cookout grill and covered seating and a beautiful coy pond with ducks. There is a large open park space perfect for a picnic, playing with dogs (keep them on a leash) along with a nice path that winds throughout the park. One of my favorite places in Kansas City, perfect for a relaxing walk or jogging.
  • Beautiful park in KC. Rose garden is gorgeous when In bloom. Pond with resident ducks and geese and fish and turtles. Tennis courts. Walking trails. Awesome place.
  • It's a very big park close to UMKC, that has big trees two running & walking trails with a very nice pond.