Swope Park

Swope Park is the oldest park in Kansas City, Missouri. It is named after Col. Thomas H. Swope, a friend of George Kessler who donated the land for the park to the city in 1909. All other parks in the system are also named after individuals or families important to their development and maintenance [contrast] . The park has been expanded several times and now covers over 1000 acres.

Swope Park is the largest park in the city at 1097 acres and it has been named as having one of the best views of downtown Kansas City. It has a number of recreational facilities including an 18-hole golf course, a model airplane field, tennis courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. There is also a zoo, a swimming pool and a rowing center as well as the Swope Park and Indian Mounds historical sites.

A significant portion of Missouri Route 152 is routed through the park.

The park was the site of some events during the 1974 Worlds Fair held in nearby Sedalia, Missouri. The park’s amphitheater also hosts various other events throughout the year.

The Swope Park Mound group is a series of historical Native American mounds located within the park. The first was built by the Mississippian culture around 1050-1150 A.D., with other additions made to it until 1400 A.D. It was one of their main ceremonial centers.

Swope Memorial Golf Course

Swope Memorial Golf Course is a public golf course located within the park. It is one of three courses owned by Kansas City Parks and Recreation, the other two being Loose Park and Penn Valley Golf Course. In 1927, a new clubhouse was built as a replica of an old English manor house. The club is used for local tournaments as well as practice by professionals before PGA events. The 18-hole Swope Memorial Golf Course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast and it opened in 1928. One of the most notable holes on the course is number 11 which has been described as one of his greatest works.

Swope Park was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Swope Park Historic District.

The park is surrounded by a residential neighborhood and it has been praised for its beautiful vistas and use as green space. Swope Park also includes the Indian Mounds historical site and three of the mounds can be climbed to get views of surrounding areas.

One of the most notable features of Swope Park is the Olathe Zoo which is home to over 1000 animals. It was founded by George Heuston in 1911 and it has been rated as one of the best zoos in America. 

The park also includes a boathouse for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking with rentals available. 

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Located in Kansas City, MO

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Driving Direction To One Shot Water Heaters of  Kansas City, MO:

One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City is located at 4102 N Harrison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116. From Swope Park, Head north on Starlight Rd/Yates Dr toward Elmwood Ave, then continue to follow Yates Dr, then turn left onto E 63rd St/E 63rd Street Traficway, keep driving to follow E 63rd St, then turn right to merge onto US-71 N. Now keep left to stay on US-71 N, then continue straight to stay on US-71 N, Now merge onto I-70 W/US-71 N, then continue onto US-71 N (signs for I-29 N/I-35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines), keep driving onto I-29 N/I-35 N/US-71 N, now take exit 8A for Parvin Rd. Time to turn left onto NE Parvin Rd, take another left onto N Harrison Ave. Finally, you have now arrived at your destination.


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