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The mission of the Merriam Parks and Recreation department is to provide first-class facilities and parks, and enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors through education, recreation, and cultural opportunities.


it the Trail This Summer


After a long and snowy winter it is time to get outdoors and get fit. Did you know that every park in Merriam has a walking path or access point to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail? Trail and path lengths vary depending upon the size of the parks, but all paths and trails are long enough to give you a good workout in a beautiful setting.

West of I-35, The Turkey Creek Streamway Trail runs along Turkey Creek from 75th Street north to Merriam Drive and Antioch Road. Paved parking and access points can be found at Kings Cove Drive, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, and Waterfall Park. The majority of the trail surface is 10' wide asphalt, but there are two 6' wide concrete sidewalk trail extensions along Merriam Drive. The most recent extension was completed this winter and runs from Waterfall Park at 51st and Merriam Drive, to our northern border at Antioch Rd. and Merriam Drive, bringing the total trail length to almost 4.5 miles. This extension will allow the trail to connect with the future trail being planned by the City of Overland Park. The city will be dedicating the trail extension during National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 and the public is invited to the celebration. Find complete details on page 7. West of I-35, you will also find a walking path at historic Brown Memorial Park, 51st and Grandview. East of I-35 you can find walking paths at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Vavra Park, 61st and Slater, and Quail Creek Park , 71st and Grandview. All paths are paved asphalt and each park has something special to offer to the visitor. For more details on our Merriam Parks and trails, see page 30 in our brochure. See you on the trail!

5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203 Phone: 913-322-5550 Fax: 913-677-1409 e-mail:

HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Thursday - 8:00am-9:00pm Friday - 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday - 8:00am-4:00pm Sunday - 1:00pm-5:00pm

MEET THE STAFF Susan Hayden, Director Tim Murphy, Assistant Director Dave Smothers, Recreation Supervisor Mary Horsley, Administrative Assistant Dave Leckner, Maintenance Worker II Steve Derindinger, Maintenance Worker I Tonia Morgan, Sr. Adult Program Coordinator Bruce Davis, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Terri Dixson, Fitness Coordinator Amy McClure, Aquatic Center Manager

FACILITY SUPERVISORS Barb Housh • Lori Kopatich Bruce Davis • Lisa Naughton • Diane Timmons Jennifer Taylor • Laura Rangel • Lynn Anderson

PARK & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD Kathy Rowe • LaVera Howard Myra Jenks • Stoney Bogan Brian Knaff • Valerie Kutchko

Susan Hayden, Director

COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSURES Occasionally, portions of the Community Center may be closed for short periods of time due to repairs, maintenance needs or specially scheduled activities and holidays. Anticipated closures will be posted as early as possible.

HOLIDAYS/CLOSINGS Saturday, May 21, 2011 (Turkey Creek Festival) Monday, May 30, 2011 (Memorial Day) Monday, July 4, 2011 (Independence Day)

Merriam Parks & Recreation - 2011 Summer Programs  

Merriam, Kansas Parks & Recreation Department's 2011 summer program brochure.