With an abundance of recreation and arts opportunities, Overland Park offers new and exciting experiences every day. The city’s 83 parks offer athletic fields and courts, playground equipment, picnic shelters, and miles of recreational trails. Two state-of-the-art community centers feature fitness equipment and programs as well as event space. The city also maintains six outdoor swimming pools and two public golf courses. In 2014, Overland Park welcomed more than 100,000 athletes, fans, and coaches for a variety of sporting events.
The Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex is the only complex of its kind in the country and helped Overland Park be named the number one soccer city in the nation by Livability.com. The $36 million complex covers 96 acres and has 12 lighted, regulation-size synthetic turf fields that provide soccer players and fans a world-class experience. It hosts local, regional and national tournaments including the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Blue Valley Recreation Commission operates an activity center and a recreation complex where youth and adults can enjoy sports, aquatics, dance, gymnastics, personal enrichment and fitness programs. Johnson County Park & Recreation District also offers year-round programs for fitness and recreation.
The Downtown Overland Park Farmers' Market is one of the most popular and longest running farmers markets in Kansas City and has been named the "Best Farmers' Market in Kansas." Besides providing farm-to-table food, the market also offers a vibrant public gathering place that builds community pride and spirit by bringing together residents of all ages and interests.
Families can spend hours together learning, having fun and enjoying memorable experiences at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead or the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. At Deanna Rose, visitors can stroll 12 acres to interact with farm animals, tour a dairy barn, visit a one-room country schoolhouse and experience rural heritage. The 300-acre Arboretum is open year-round and has walking trails, themed gardens, an environmental education center, classes and educational programs. The Arboretum’s a train garden has G-scale model train layouts and a full-size caboose and box car.
Natural history and culture in our region and around the world can be explored at Overland Park’s celebrated new Museum at Prairiefire, which features world-class traveling exhibitions organized by the American Museum of Natural History and a Discovery Room that offers children hands-on experiences to learn about the world around us.
The Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. It contains local history and heritage through engaging collections, challenging exhibitions, and captivating programs. Exhibitions include "Becoming Johnson County", the kid-sized history experience KidsScape, and the changing exhibit gallery.
The arts – both visual and performing – flourish in Overland Park. As part of commitment to enriching residents' lives through arts and music, the City of Overland Park commissions public artworks for installation throughout the city and it also presents year-round arts programs. Johnson County Community College’s Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region. The college’s renowned Oppenheimer Collection includes monumental sculptures across the campus as well as major paintings, photographs, and works on paper. Performing arts can be experienced at the college’s first-class venues and at annual festivals featuring live musical entertainment. Under development in downtown Overland Park is the InterUrban ArtHouse, a multi-use art center for the community. Visitors and residents can also enjoy festivals featuring dancers, bands, and street performers throughout the year in the historic downtown neighborhood.
A full season of events presents the opportunity to enjoy beautiful outdoor settings while listening to live music at events such as the Clock Tower Concert Series at the Farmer’s Market, Music in the Park in Santa Fe Commons Park, and SoJo SummerFest in the Woods at Corporate Woods.
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