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Loose Park Rose Garden, Kansas City

#5 of 11 in Parks in Kansas City
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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.
The 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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  • I didn't think roses could grow in MO. What a wonderful surprise and delight, a great place to get outside and breathe during Covid-19 not to mention the smell of the roses with so many colors and...  more »
  • Beautiful rose garden (even in October) and beautiful fountain! Also loved the rest of park with its walking paths and other fountains.  more »
  • Very well kept lawns. Roses could be better taken care of but it would require higher funds. The lake has two nice bridges for photo ops and the pond is stocked with fish and ducks. There is a small swing set on one side of the garden with two baby swings and two child swings. The fountain is well maintained: not pristine but not full of muck and algae. There is a little wooded area and a large field available for family/group sports and activities. Overall: very clean and safe for the children.
  • I love Loose Park and the flowers including the Rose Garden are spectacular. Take some time to commune with nature. You will love the experience. In addition it's a Civil War historic site. Something for everyone!

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