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Thompson Park receives Excellence in Construction award

The recently revamped Thompson Park is the recipient of a prestigious construction award. The Associated Builders and Contractors of America has honored the park with an Excellence in Construction award for the park improvement project. Associated Builders and Contractors of America’s Heart of America Chapter in Kansas City, Mo. presented the recognition at its regional […]

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Learn about park maintenance with Parks Facilities Technician Kevin Finch

The spotlight is on City staff during the City of Overland Park’s quarterly Staff Spotlight tweet-alongs. The City’s newest tweet-along follows Parks Facilities Technician Kevin Finch as he cleans and maintains parks. Each quarter, City communications staff tweet along with a different staff member to explore their daily tasks, providing a live look at their […]

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Overland Park announces new Parks + Recreation Director

Jermel Stevenson finds that the word “park” in Overland Park’s name is absolutely appropriate. Stevenson will be the city’s new Director of Parks and Recreation beginning Monday, Oct. 5. Prior to moving to Overland Park, Stevenson was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Corpus Christi, Texas. He also worked in Garland, […]

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Community centers to expand hours of service

Beginning October 1, Matt Ross Community Center and Tomahawk Ridge Community Center will expand their hours of operation. Both community centers reopened with limited hours after coronavirus stay-at-home orders lifted in June. Matt Ross Community Center was closed Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and Tomahawk Ridge Community Center was closed Thursday and Sunday mornings to allow […]

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Fall Festival canceled for 2020

After careful consideration, the City of Overland Park has canceled the Overland Park Fall Festival for 2020. The Fall Festival, which typically takes place the final weekend in September, draws visitors from across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Public health and safety are a priority for the City. To help limit the spread of coronavirus, […]

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Pilot program invites e-bikes to City’s bike and hike trails

Overland Park’s bike and hike trails are now even more accessible, thanks to an e-bike pilot program. E-bikes are bicycles with small electric motors integrated into the frame. Riders can pedal e-bikes like a regular bicycle, or use the motor to ride farther, faster, and up challenging hills. Until this summer, e-bikes, along with other […]

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Outdoor pools to remain closed for 2020 season

In the interest of public health and safety, Overland Park’s five outdoor public pools will not open for the 2020 summer season. The Overland Park City Council voted Monday night to keep Bluejacket, Marty, Stonegate, and Young’s Pools and Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center closed. All five outdoor pools were scheduled to be open Memorial Day […]

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Overland Park Drive-Thru Farmers’ Market to open as essential food source

The Overland Park Drive-Thru Farmers’ Market will open April 25 at the parking lot of the Overland Park Convention Center. A drive-thru format will provide minimal to no-contact shopping, minimizing the risk of spreading coronavirus to vendors and customers. Vehicles will follow a one-way path through the parking lot to the north of the convention center. Shoppers […]

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Club 27 named Golden Fork Award winner

The restaurant at Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club‘s has a menu worth its weight in gold, according to Golf Inc. Magazine. The magazine named Club 27 first-place winner in its 2020 international Golden Fork Award competition. The competition highlights the best of the best dining facilities at public and private golf clubs around the world. “What a great […]

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Save on community center memberships in 2020

Save 15 percent on a community center membership for 2020 when you purchase it during the first 15 days of the year. From January 1 through 15, 2020, Matt Ross Community Center and Tomahawk Ridge Community Center will offer discounts on annual facility and group exercise memberships. That’s a near $50 savings on an adult […]

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