Celebrate “Where You Belong” this July in OP parks

A basketball rests on the side of the outdoor basketball courts at Cherokee Park while two teenagers play in the background.

At the July 1 City Council meeting, Mayor Curt Skoog issued a proclamation recognizing National Park and Recreation Month, emphasizing the importance of parks in our community. With more than 80 parks and green spaces, OP truly embodies the spirit of this celebration.

This year’s National Park and Recreation Month theme, “Where You Belong,” resonates with the City’s commitment to bring families, neighbors and the community together, fostering a sense of belonging and community spirit.

Celebrate with us! Explore parks and enjoy the facilities and programs that make our city a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Explore parks and trails

Challenge your family and friends to a game of tennis, pickleball, volleyball or basketball, or find the perfect fishing spot at one of the City’s six lakes. Amenities vary at each park. Find your favorite activity here. 

For even more adventure, explore one of the City’s trails. The Indian Creek and Tomahawk Creek trails provide miles of open space, connecting the City’s parks, neighborhoods, schools and recreation facilities.

Dive into fun

Cool off this summer at one of Overland Park’s pools. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat and make lasting memories with family and friends.

Three City parks also feature splash pads. Splash pads are free and open May 1 – Sept. 30 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Connect at our community centers

Overland Park’s two community centers provide fun activities and opportunities to stay active. Sign up for a group fitness class, personal training or even the REC Book Club!

Join the herd at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Make endless memories with friends, family and more than 250 animals and birds at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Visit the petting pens, animal exhibits and the Dairy Barn. Try your hand at fishing in the pond, enjoy a wagon ride pulled by a team of Belgian draft horses or bottle-feed one of more than 40 baby goats for additional fees. Take a look at the City’s events calendar for upcoming Farmstead events, including Goat Yoga, movie nights and a fun run! 

Discover the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Spend a day at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. During your visit, experience gardens with more than 1,700 species of plants, hiking trails and an adventure around every bend in the path. Explore the new gathering space at LongHouse Visitor Center! Grab a bite to eat at Café Celeste, and discover unique treasures in the Gift Shop.

Make sure to check the events calendar for upcoming educational programs, art classes and new this year – summer movie nights! 

Browse the Overland Park Farmers’ Market

The Overland Park Farmers’ Market is a vibrant public gathering place that builds community pride and spirit by bringing together shoppers of all ages and interests for 40 years. Browse aisles of fresh produce, meats, cheeses and specialty products on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Get creative

OP is bursting with artistic flair! Explore permanent and temporary art installations throughout the city, showcasing local and national talent. 

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center features a free art gallery available any time the community center is open. Art at the Center is a unique, not-for-profit gallery space that features exhibitions from local artists.

Enjoy live music and entertainment

Overland Park offers many events featuring live music, children’s performances and more. Enjoy concerts in the park and lively performances by the Overland Park Civic Band. 

Tee off at our golf courses

The City of Overland Park offers two beautifully maintained golf courses. Book a tee time or practice your swing at the driving range. After you sink your final putt, enjoy lunch at Club 27 Restaurant located at Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Club.

Explore more of what Overland Park Parks & Recreation has to offer at opkansas.org.


Parks + Recreation 913-895-6390