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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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  • We were there on Memorial Day and walked the enormous grounds. It reminded me of the beautiful parks in Paris. We also didn't know that it was the site of a civil war battle, Battle of Westport" refer...  more »
  • This park is a ABSOLUTELY beautiful park. There are playgrounds for children to play in, picnic grounds, a walking path, open field to play sports and even tennis courts. It's a very peaceful place to...  more »
  • This park was just crammed full of people on the Sunday before Memorial Day with picnic all over the lawn, a party in the pavilion (can be reserved) and people just walking an enjoying the beautiful w...  more »
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  • Very good play areas for children. There are two paved walk ways which is very convenient. Regular walkers and runners use one path and people that like to meander and or with small children can use the other path to stay out of the way of the others. There is lots of open field for playing with dogs, people also use the shaded tree areas for hammocks. A beautiful rose garden with fountains and benches is also a part of the park. It's beautiful.
  • I always enjoy a trip to Loose Park with my family. It is rarely crowded and the grounds are pristine. My younger brother took his prom photos here. There are plenty of colorful trees, rustic bridges, and wide open fields to use as a backdrop.
  • I got married here in the rose garden. 16 years ago. Beautiful place. One of the happiest days of my life.
  • This is such a pretty park with plenty of walking paths and although tons of people will be at the park, you can feel almost alone because its so large. The walking path isn't asphault, its that track turf stuff so you get a little give with walking or running activities. The park has a pond and a host of different flora which make it a beautiful place.
  • Lots of things to do and space to take up. Great walking spaces. Great picture backdrops. Tons of turtles.