highlights & recreation
................................................................................................... SUMMER 2019
Public Safety Spotlight page 7
5 // Comprehensive Plan
12 // Block Party Grants ...................................................................................... 13 // Turkey Creek Festival
24 // Parks & Rec Classes
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 1
MERRIAM CITY HALL 9001 W. 62ND ST. MERRIAM, KS 66202 913-322-5500
HOURS M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
IRENE B. FRENCH COMMUNITY CENTER 5701 MERRIAM DR. MERRIAM, KS 66203 913-322-5550
HOURS M-TH 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. SA 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. SU 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 913-322-5520 FIRE 913-888-6066 MUNICIPAL COURT 913-322-5540 POLICE EMERGENCY: 911 NON-EMERGENCY DISPATCH: 913-782-0720 MAIN: 913-322-5560 PUBLIC WORKS 913-322-5570 VISITORS BUREAU 913-403-8999 firstname.lastname@example.org
get social /MERRIAMKANSAS /MERRIAMPARKS /MERRIAMPOLICE /EXPLOREMERRIAM @MERRIAMKS /EXPLOREMERRIAM
Look us up on Nextdoor, the neighborhoodfocused social network. #MERRIAMKS
MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings Merriam Residents,
There’s the popular saying “out with the old, in with the new.” To me, this means fresh beginnings. As we move forward and progress as a city, we sometimes have to let go of things (or people!) we hold dear. Several employees recently left our Team Merriam family. Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels retired on April 1. He brought many improvements to the department throughout his 32-year tenure. He will be greatly missed, and I wish him all the best in the future. In March, City Councilmember Robert Weems moved out of our great city. His leadership and insight will be missed at our bimonthly council meetings. Two other long-term employees, Fire Capt. Doug Crockett and Records Clerk Karen Gibson, also recently left our crew. You can read about their retirements in this issue. We thank all of them for their many dedicated years of service. Despite these changes, we continue to grow. This month, we’ll kick off our new comprehensive plan. This plan helps us figure out how we want to evolve as a city. There will be plenty of opportunity for community involvement as it needs to reflect your vision, too. You can learn more about the comprehensive plan on page 5. Thank you for being a part of what makes Merriam Just Right. Your Mayor,
City offices will close in observation of holidays on Monday, May 27, Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5. In each case, offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Closing information the Irene MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION for // SUMMER 2019 B. French Community Center is on page 18.
The City is offering large-item pickup for residents to dispose of items such as furniture, appliances, carpets, and rugs. Please place items by your curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day.
W 53 RD ST
SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY
W 67TH ST
W 75TH ST
Yard of the Month Summer is near, which means it’s time to beautify your yard with colorful flowers, pruned trees, and shrubs! Showcase your gorgeous property and have a chance to be recognized as the City’s “Yard of the Month.” City staff will identify wellmaintained properties each month from May through September.
Find more information at merriam.org/largeitem.
Spring Large-Item Pickup April 15–19
W 47TH ST
4 // Community 5 // Recycling Event 7 // Public Safety Spotlight 11 // Sunshine Scavenger Hunt 12 // Block Party Grants 13 // Turkey Creek Festival 14 // Events 15 // Farmers' Market 21 // Art Gallery 22 // Fitness Center
.................................................................... PARKS & REC CLASSES & PROGRAMS
24 // Youth 26 // Adult 28 // 50+
30 // Merriam Parks
Winners are announced each month in e-Merriam, the City’s electronic newsletter. Visit merriam.org and click “Notify Me” to sign up for e-Merriam.
Ward One Councilmember Weems Resigns The City Council formally accepted Ward One Councilmember Robert Weem’s resignation on Feb. 25. Elected in April 2015, Weems cited a move out of the city limits as the reason for resigning. The City Council is reviewing applications for filling his vacant seat. A new councilmember should be onboard in mid-April.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 3
5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee In 2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will leave the existing Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC) and move operations into the new community center at Vavra Park. What occurs next at 5701 Merriam Drive is a topic of great interest throughout the community. Last September, nearly two dozen residents applied for the steering committee to explore possible options. In October, Mayor Ken Sissom and the City Council appointed nine Merriam residents to serve on the committee. They represent a diverse group of professional backgrounds and are distributed geographically and across the age spectrum. The committee members will make a formal recommendation to the City Council for a preferred option and funding strategy. Committee meetings are held at the IBFCC and are open to the public. There also will be at least two larger public meetings to roll out work progress and seek feedback. Visit merriam.org/5701 for additional information on meetings, meeting packets, minutes, and presentations.
Merriam Community Center Update On Jan. 28, the City Council approved a guaranteed maximum price of $32.5 million for construction of the community center, pool, and the parking structure. This is the maximum amount the City will pay McCarthy Building Companies for the project. In addition, the City has budgeted $4.1 million for “soft costs,” such as other professional services, furniture/finishings/equipment, and the City’s project contingency. Continue to find updates on the Merriam Community Center at merriam.org/buildingcommunity. Stay connected with us on the City’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages. We Are Here Team Selection
Design 4 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
The City of Merriam is ready to dive deep into its growth and development with a new comprehensive plan. It’s the document city leaders use to provide direction on Merriam’s future development.
Merriam // Community
Since 1968, Merriam has had four comprehensive plans. The most recent plan was adopted in 2001, which guided a number of residential and retail redevelopments, including Timber Ridge, IKEA, Hobby Lobby, and several car dealerships.
Public participation is crucial to the plan as it needs to reflect residents’ vision for Merriam’s future. The City will reach out to you in a number of ways over the next two years. You also can stay updated on the process and how you can participate by visiting merriam.org/compplanupdate.
Spring Fling Recycling Event Saturday, May 4 // 8–11 a.m. It's time to do some spring cleaning and clear out the clutter! Join us in the former Kmart parking lot at 8703 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam for this recycling event. Items are free to recycle unless a cost is noted below. Electronics Recycling ▶ Computer monitors: $15 ▶ Rear projection and wood console TVs: $25
Eyeglass Collection ▶ Used eyeglasses will be donated to those in need
Paper Shredding ▶ Regular file box: Suggested $5 donation per box ▶ Large file box: Suggested $10 donation per box
Bike Collection ▶ Used bikes will be refurbished and given to community service organizations
Latex Paint Collection ▶ Latex paint only ▶ No commercial institutions' paint will be accepted
Donations help offset event costs and will go to the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation and the Shawnee Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. **The line into the recycling event will be cut off at 11 a.m. All vehicles in the parking lot at 11 a.m. will have their items collected.** Thanks to our partners: City of Shawnee, PROSHRED, Merriam-Shawnee Lions Club, and Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste.
Learn more at merriam.org/recyclingevent. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 5
Merriam Non-Discrimination Ordinance Now In Effect The City’s recently approved non-discrimination ordinance took effect on Jan. 22. The ordinance prohibits discrimination in the City of Merriam in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Any person within city limits who has four or more employees, who sells real estate or rents housing with more than four units, or who offers goods, services, facilities, or accommodations to the public must comply with this ordinance. However, religious organizations and nonprofit fraternal or social associations are exempt from parts of the ordinance.
Anyone who believes they've been discriminated against under this ordinance may complete a complaint form and submit it to the City. Additional details about the ordinance and enforcement process are available at merriam.org/NDO.
Building Permit Map Now Available Online Building is booming in Merriam, and now you can track it in real time. The Community Development Department in January launched a new map on the City’s website that identifies open building permits throughout the community. The map, which will be updated monthly, provides pin locations for every building permit issued. The pins contain additional information about the building permit, including the type of permit, permit number, and issue date. Find the map at merriam.org/maps.
Merriam Welcomes New Fire Captain Newly promoted Overland Park Fire Capt. Chris Palmer now leads the team in Merriam. Capt. Palmer is a 19-year veteran of the Overland Park Fire Department. He’ll serve as one of three captains at the Merriam fire station. Capt. Palmer filled a vacancy created by Capt. Doug Crockett, who served Merriam for 32 years until he retired this past December.
Capt. Crockett’s fire service career started in February 1985. He rose through the ranks to the position of deputy chief. After the Merriam/Overland Park Fire Department merger, Capt. Crockett served the remaining four years of his career providing leadership as a captain at the Merriam station. 6 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Capt. Chris Palmer
Capt. Doug Crockett
After 32 years of service with the Merriam Police Department, Chief of Police Michael Daniels retired on April 1. Chief Daniels began his tenure as a patrol officer in 1987 before rising up the ranks to chief of police in 2014. Chief Daniels said he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve Merriam’s residents and businesses throughout the years.
Merriam // Public Safety
Merriam Police Chief Retires After More Than Three Decades with Department
“I would like to thank the Merriam community for their support of the men and women of the Merriam Police Department,” Chief Daniels said. “I’m honored to have served with the very best men and women in law enforcement and know they will continue to provide the citizens of Merriam with great service.”
Chief Daniels oversaw the police department’s remodeled facility last year and brought back the police bicycle unit. He also was committed to having officers attend every City event and connect with students at Merriam Park and Crestview elementary schools.
“He brought many improvements to the Merriam Police Department during his tenure,” Mayor Ken Sissom said. “He will be greatly missed, and I wish him all the best in the future.” Chief Daniels started his career with the Merriam Police Department after graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in the administration of justice. Read more about Chief Daniels’ retirement at merriam.org.
Captain Todd Allen Named Acting Police Chief Capt. Todd Allen took over as Merriam’s acting chief of police on March 26. Acting Chief Allen began his career with the Merriam Police Department in 1996 after graduating from the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. He rose the ranks over the past 23 years, serving as a captain for the previous five years before being named as the acting police chief. “I look forward to continuing to serve the City of Merriam and its citizens in this new role,” acting Chief Allen said.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 7
Officer of the Year The 2018 Merriam Police Department Officer of the Year is Master Police Officer Kristin Jasinski. MPO Jasinski started with the department in 2015. Maj. Darren McLaughlin Cpl. Philip Lewis
Two Police Officers Battling Cancer In January, two Merriam police officers were diagnosed with cancer. Maj. Darren McLaughlin, a 29-year veteran, is battling lymphoma and Cpl. Philip Lewis, a 17-year officer, is fighting colon cancer. Both officers were released from the hospital in February and are fighting their battles at home. It will be a very long road to recovery. Please keep them, their families, and our police family in your thoughts.
Donations for both officers are being accepted at any of the six local Public Safety Credit Union branches.The accounts are set up by Answering the Call under each officer’s name. You can also mail donations to “Answering the Call” at P.O. Box 6763; Lee’s Summit, MO 64064; or drop off at the Merriam Police Department.
In addition to her duties as a patrol officer, MPO Jasinski holds a number of special assignments within the department. She’s a field training officer, instructing newly hired officers. She’s also a tactical medic instructor, an active shooter response instructor, and a member of the department’s peer support team. MPO Jasinski has previously served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and is on the Merriam police honor guard. In 2018, MPO Jasinski was recognized for saving two lives; one involving a man having a heart attack and the other involving a choking toddler. Congratulations, MPO Jasinski!
Records Clerk Retires Merriam Police Department Records Clerk Karen Gibson retired on March 25 after nearly 30 years with the City of Merriam.
Gibson started her career with the City in April 1990 as a part-time facility supervisor at the community center. She joined the police department two years later, providing a variety of administrative duties. Gibson worked for four different police chiefs during her career.
“With a small department, you become a close-knit family, and that's what I truly loved about working for this department,” Gibson said. Gibson will now trade maintaining police records for traveling and running after her 10 grandchildren.
Have Coffee and Pop With the Cops! Held on Wednesdays or Saturdays in Merriam April 20 8:30–10 a.m. Krispy Kreme
Follow us on Facebook and look for our upcoming events! facebook.com/merriampolice 8 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Merriam // Public Safety
Merriam Police Officer Receives Life Saving Award Officer April Gebke was honored with a Life Saving Award on Jan. 14. Last December, Officer Gebke responded to a car crash where the driver had suffered cardiac arrest. Officer Gebke quickly removed the driver from the vehicle, began chest compressions, and then hooked up an AED to administer several shocks to the driver. The driver made a full recovery.
“We are very proud of Officer Gebke and the work she did to save a life in Merriam. Her quick response and action to start life-saving efforts were crucial to helping the driver survive what otherwise might have been a fatal event,” Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels said.
Merriam Welcomes Two New Police Officers Police Officers Nick Moeller and Kaleb Bryant were sworn in on Jan. 14. Officer Moeller said he knew he wanted to be a police officer since he was a young child. Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Officer Moeller holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Simpson College.
Officer Bryant comes to the City of Merriam from the City of Overland Park, where he also grew up. He's currently attending Johnson County Community College pursuing a criminal justice degree.
From left: Officer Nick Moeller, Officer Kaleb Bryant
Crashes Down on Shawnee Mission Parkway Statistics collected for the 2018 Merriam Police Annual Report showed the fewest number of crashes on Shawnee Mission Parkway since 2013. There were 116 car crashes in 2018, down from its peak of 167 crashes in 2014.
In March 2017, the police department began using Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Study (DDACTS) enforcement to find areas with high incidences of crime, car crashes, and traffic violations.
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Merriam police identified Shawnee Mission Parkway as a primary focus of traffic enforcement and said the crash reduction is due, in part, to the program using statistics to determine the most effective places and times to patrol areas in Merriam. Read the 2018 Merriam Police Annual Report at merriam.org/police.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 9
Visitors Bureau Launching New Activities The Merriam Visitors Bureau is off to a busy start in 2019, and we’ve got a great, summer activity lineup for our community. If you’re entertaining out-of-towners, bring them in to say "hello!" Starting May 1, you can have fun seeking sunshines across Merriam with the Sunshine Scavenger Hunt. If history is more to your liking, stay tuned for details on how you can take Merriam’s Interactive History Tour launching this summer! Perhaps a laid-back itinerary is on your summer radar – if so, stop by the Visitors Bureau (6304 E. Frontage Road) for a guide, map, postcard, local referral, or an icecold beverage.
2019 Visitor Guide
Merriam, Kansas…named one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the U.S. –Expedia
Got guests this summer? Pick up your copy of our Visitor Guide at any City building or view it at exploremerriam.com.
Thanks for sharing the community you love with those who visit—we appreciate your hospitality!
Jessica Arenholz General Manager, Drury Inn & Suites
................................................................ Having been at Drury in Merriam for 13 years now, would you consider this community your home away from home and why? Absolutely! It's so vital to know the community inside and out so that we can direct our guests to the best restaurants and attractions while they are visiting our city. Not to mention, the people. Everyone from the Merriam Visitors Bureau, police department, and fire department make our community safe and take care of our guests, so that they are always in great hands while visiting Merriam. You recently won another JD Power Award and the CTM Partner of the Year Award. What do you attribute to that success? Our team! We hire our team based on attitude alone. We don’t expect our team to have worked in hotels before; we just expect them to be genuinely kind, caring, and empathetic. We can teach all the skills 10 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
you need, but when you have team members who truly care about each individual guest, it makes their experience memorable and unique. This is what we do at Drury. We want to give memories. We want them to have an exceptional stay and remember our friendly team in Merriam! If you were to walk in our hotel, you would get a smile from everyone! That means our housekeepers, our maintenance gentleman, breakfast and kickback hosts, the front desk team, and, of course, the managers. We know it’s a great day when our guests are happy. Tell us about your family. I’ve been married for 14 years to Matt, who I met in college at the University of Northern Iowa. We have a daughter, Aly, who is 12 and a son, Cody, who is 9. We also have two labs, Kacee and Lily. Tell us something funny, interesting, or unique about yourself. I love to travel and am a bit of a daredevil! I've been skydiving, bungee jumping, ziplining, and even a human rollercoaster! My daughter is already begging to go skydiving, so I promised her we would go together on her 18th birthday. Read the full interview at exploremerriam.com.
Scavenger Hunt May 1 – September 30
“No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it.”
Tasty samples will tempt your palate at this fruityinspired locale on the West Frontage Road. Bring on the Just Right sunshine! Starting May 1, Merriam will launch the Sunshine Scavenger Hunt for the summer. You can seek and find eight sunshines all across town. It’s easy to play along – just look for the sunshine icon
by following these
clues to their locations. Use this handy tracker to check off your sunshines and
Howdy pardner – enjoy Wild West play here, but don’t squat with your spurs on.
4 Maps and guides and bears, oh my!
have fun exploring all that Merriam has to offer! For an added bonus, snap a pic and tag @ExploreMerriam on
maybe the Merriam sunshine squad will pick your pic and send you a sunshiney surprise! Learn more at exploremerriam.com/sunshine.
Founder David Gee Campbell resided here.
Peruse the monthly exhibit of talented artists in this quaint space on Merriam Drive.
Shiny spheres of three. Look at your reflection, what do you see?
. Who knows,
A former space for education, this location is now a church and famous for its historic “walkout” in 1948.
Look for this sunshine! exploremerriam.com/sunshine CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 11
Block Party Grants Return in 2019
City Partners with Neighborhoods to Improve Common Areas
Grab some hot dogs and burgers – and get to know your neighbors!
Want to help spruce up your neighborhood?
The City of Merriam will provide up to $200 to help pay for a neighborhood block party.
You can use the Neighborhood Block Party Grant to help cover party-related expenses such as food, paper goods, party favors, and to hire entertainment/performers.
The City's Neighborhood Island Grant offers a 100 percent reimbursement, up to $500, to purchase preapproved plants and pay for upkeep for one of 20 islands. The City will give out one grant per common area per year.
The City will take applications from April 1 through Oct. 15. Visit merriam.org/blockparty for more information about the application process or call David Easley with the Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 with any questions.
All plants must be installed before June 15. You’ll be reimbursed after City staff performs a post-installation inspection and verifies ongoing maintenance through Aug. 31. Call Public Works at 913-322-5570 for an application or visit merriam.org/ neighborhoodisland for more information, including island locations and types of plants allowed at each common area.
Q+A with Merriam Staff
.............................................................................................................................................................. Employee Name:
Renee Nagle Recreation Supervisor Parks and Recreation ..................................................................................................................................... Joining Team Merriam in 2018, Renee coordinates events big and small in our city. From Turkey Creek Festival to senior movie days, Renee helps build community. What do you like most about your job? I love that my job is no Groundhog Day! Every day there is a new opportunity, a new class to plan, a new event to work on, and new ways to bring the community together. I love that my job allows me to work with and connect with those living, working, and playing in our city. What did you do before joining Team Merriam? Most of my career has been in events. Before Merriam, I worked for the Gardner Parks and
Recreation Department. Before my employment with Gardner Parks and Recreation, I worked for the Walt Disney Company. That job allowed me to feed my Disney obsession. #DisneyNerd. What’s the hardest part about planning an event? One of the struggles I deal with in my world, specifically when it comes to events, is weather. I always hope for the best but plan for the worst. What are you looking forward to most in the new community center?
12 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
The new community center brings an entire host of new opportunities for our city and surrounding communities. I'm blessed to be a part of a department and city that's working to bring new programs, events, and chances for new experiences. What do you like to do when you’re not working? When I am not working, I can usually be found hanging out with family and friends, reading, going to the movies, and, in better weather, on the water at Lake of the Ozarks - bring on summer!
Turkey Creek Festival ...........................................................................
7:30–11:30 a.m. Antioch Park, Shelter House #1
Saturday, May 18 // 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antioch Park // 6501 Antioch Road
............................................................................ Come join the fun! The Turkey Creek Festival is an annual tradition in Merriam. It’s a full day of family entertainment that features free kids’ activities, live music, arts and crafts, 5K run/ walk, pancake breakfast, concessions, and so much more! KID ZONE
»» Pony rides »» Petting zoo »» Parakeet Adventure »» Bounce houses »» Trackless train »» Drum Safari »» Wood projects with Home Depot »» Over-sized Candy Land game »» DJ the Balloon Man »» 501st and Rebel Legions Star Wars Characters »» Pedal boat rides ($5 per boat)
FREE Concerts Main Stage 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m.
Micah Burdick Middle Theory The ROAMies
Creek Chic —
Support local artists and makers! Discover handmade, vintage, and repurposed treasures as you explore the full festival. Vendors must register at jcprd.com or contact Devin Rumley at 913-826-3163.
Food Trucks (ATM available)
Favorites include BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese, Werner’s sausage, kettle corn, turkey legs, funnel cakes, shaved ice, fried pickles, and more.
5K Run/Walk & Youth Sprint // 8–10 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive
Join us for our community run benefiting the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation Youth Scholarship fund. Medals for finishing and placing in events. Chip timing and results. Register online at runsignup.com, in person at the Irene B. French Community Center, or call 913-322-5550.
On or before May 1
Starting May 2
Starting May 16
All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice sponsored by the Lions Club. $6 // Adults $4 // Children (12 & under)
Merriam // Community
Official Festival Parking
Lee Apparel Parking Lot 9001 W. 67th St. » FREE shuttle every 10 minutes; drop off/pick up at main park entrance » Courtesy golf carts take you from the entrance to the festival area » Vehicles not parked in official festival parking areas are subject to tow
We need volunteers! Serving as a volunteer helps your community and is an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the park, and take in all the festival activities. Plus, all volunteers get a cool shirt and lunch! Available opportunities: 5K run/walk water station and finish line, information booth (answer basic questions about the event), Home Depot wood project activities, festival cleanup, and courtesy cart drivers (min. 17 years of age). Contact Renee Nagle at 913-322-5550 or by email at email@example.com for more information. Thank you to our sponsors!
*Packet pickup at the Irene B. French Community Center.
For the most up-to-date information, visit merriam.org/TCF. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 13
Party in YOUR Park Friday, June 21 // Quail Creek Park // 7024 Grandview Ave. Friday, July 19 // Campbell Park // 9674 W. 61st St. 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE
Building community makes Merriam a special place to live, work, and play! Load up the family and discover your neighborhood park while Merriam Parks and Recreation staff entertains you with games, an inflatable, light dinner, and tunes from area musicians. We promise an evening of fun, getting to know your neighbors, and family smiles.
Flags 4 Freedom June 29 – July 6 // Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive View an astonishing patriotic display of more than 1,500 United States flags in downtown Merriam during the weeklong event. Enjoy a free concert on Thursday, July 4 at 1 p.m. Sponsor a flag to honor active military personnel, veterans, friends, and loved ones by purchasing a dedication ribbon for $15. All proceeds benefit the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation. Learn more at flags4freedom.org.
National Night Out / Party in YOUR Park Tuesday, Aug. 6 // 6–8 p.m. Waterfall Park // 5191 Merriam Drive FREE
We combined two awesome programs for an even greater experience! We’ll celebrate National Night Out with our Party in YOUR Park event to promote a true sense of community. National Night Out builds strong relationships between officers and Merriam residents, making our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live and work. Adding our Party in YOUR Park event brings police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Explore new art and playground equipment at Waterfall Park, and join us for fun, food, games, and live musical entertainment.
Cruise Night Saturday, Aug. 10 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive FREE
“Have you heard this story of the Hot Rod Race. When Fords and Lincolns were settin' the pace. That story is true, I'm here to say, I was drivin' that Model A.” This popular night of cars and motorcycles in downtown Merriam gets you revved up for the Turkey Creek Car and Motorcycle Show in September. All “show quality models” welcome. Food is available from Fresh & Tasty food truck. 14 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
5740 Merriam Drive merriam.org/farmersmarket @MerriamFarmersMarket Saturdays May – September 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Named a Neighborhood Favorite on Nextdoor!
Entertainment & Activities Date May 4 May 11 May 18 May 25 June 1 June 8 June 15 June 22 June 29 July 6 July 13 July 20 July 27 Aug. 3 Aug. 10 Aug. 17 Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28
Entertainment Rhythm Room Trio Ned Scott-Good Sam Band Turkey Creek Festival & 5K Run Making Flower Pots Pic & Bow Doug Talley Duo Steel & Dirt Summon the Storm Food Fear Factor Pic & Bow Julie Majors Trio Sean McNown Monster Mural Johnny & Adam Ned Scott-Merriam Acoustic Sister Act Face Painting Janie Next Door Happy Wanderers Jolleen Thorpe Car Show-Mkt At IBFCC Ronni Ward Prairie Country Band
Contact Dave Smothers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-322-5550.
Five Reasons to Support Farmers' Markets 1. Taste Real Flavors Brought directly to you, locally grown produce makes the freshest and tastiest flavors available during peak seasons. Look forward to fresh asparagus in spring, savory sweet corn in summer, and juicy apples in fall. 2. Nourish Yourself Find minimally processed foods at the farmers’ market and discover the spice of life. Unearth an amazing array of colorful produce that’s usually free of pesticides, hormones, and genetic modification. 3. Support Family Farmers Buying directly from small family farms helps support them in today’s economy. Meet local farmers and learn more about how and where your food is grown. 4. Protect the Environment Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate, which creates pollution and trash with extra packaging. Food at the farmers’ market travels shorter distances and is generally grown using eco-friendly methods. 5. Connect with Your Community The farmers’ market is a community hub – a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, and enjoy our small city in the midst of wonderful, big Kansas City.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 15
Purchase Your Pool Pass with a Free Northeast Johnson County Super Pass Upgrade in 2019! Pool passes go on sale April 1! Even though our pool is closed for construction this year, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on fun in the sun this summer! With the purchase of a pool pass through Merriam, you’ll receive a free upgrade to the Northeast Johnson County Super Pass, which will grant you access to five area pools – all for the same price as a Merriam pool pass. Eligibility
The Merriam pool pass with the free super pass upgrade (up to a $60 value!) is available to all Merriam residents. Non-resident Merriam pool pass holders during the 2018 season are also eligible to renew their pool pass through Merriam and receive the free super pass upgrade.
How to Purchase
Come to the Irene B. French Community Center at 5701 Merriam Drive to purchase your pass. Online and phone purchases won't be available this season. Household Youth (17 & under) Adult Senior (60+)
Resident $105 $55 $70 $55
Non-Resident $180* $85 $105 $85
*Limit of six members per non-resident household may be included on a season pass. If your household has more than six members, you may purchase additional single passes at a discount rate of $20 per person.
Participating Super Pass Pools
Your super pass will get you access to five pools in Johnson County: Fairway Swimming Pool
6136 Mission Road
Leawod Aquatic Center
10601 Lee Blvd.
Mission Family Aquatic Center 5930 W. 61st St.
Prairie Village Pool Complex
7711 Delmar St.
Roeland Park Aquatic Center
4843 Rosewood Drive 913-432-1377
Make sure to bring your pass with you! Access to participating pools won't be granted without your pool pass in hand. No exceptions.
Merriam families who qualify based on income requirements may receive up to $100 in assistance annually. For more information, visit merriam.org/scholarships or call 913-322-5550.
16 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Parks & Rec // Dolphins
DOLPHINS REGISTRATION PRACTICE POOL: Young’s Pool, 8421 W. 77th St.; Overland Park ........................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT April 1 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center ...........................................................................................................................................................
Register by May 15 for early bird fees! Be a part of Merriam’s swim or dive teams! Athletes can choose to swim only, dive only, or swim and dive for the same fee! Swim caps provided. Athletes will need a blue suit (swimoutlet.com). Information is available at merriam.org/dolphins. Parent communication is through Team Unify; information will be provided at registration. MANDATORY PARENTS MEETING: May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center.
This team is designed for young swimmers who are learning to swim/dive and working on increasing their skills and endurance. This isn't intended to be swim lessons. A qualified swimmer should be able to swim across the pool (25 yards). They don't need to know all four strokes.
This team is designed for high-level swimmers who are able to swim 50 yards without stopping and know all four strokes.
Dolphin Fund Scholarships
For information on swim team scholarship assistance, contact Anna Slocum at 913-322-5550 or email@example.com.
Pre-Competitive Swim & Dive Team
Competitive Swim & Dive Team
Additional Children (same family)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE Monday–Friday from June 3 – July 13 Young’s Pool, 8421 W. 77th St.; Overland Park SWIM PRACTICE TIME
DIVE PRACTICE TIME
Pre-Competitive 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Beginner 10:30–11 a.m.
Competitive 9–10:30 a.m.
Intermediate 10:45–11:45 a.m. Advanced 10:45–11:45 a.m.
In the event of inclement weather cancellations, notice will be given through Team Unify by 8:30 a.m. for Competitive Swim and Beginning Diving and 10 a.m. for PreCompetitive Swim and Intermediate and Advanced Diving. Information about Team Unify is provided at the parents meeting.
Saturdays Warm Up 8 a.m.
Thursdays Warm Up 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays Warm Up 5:30 p.m.
June 8 @ Olathe June 15 @ Leawood June 22 @ Prairie Village June 29 @ Overland Park
June 6 @ Shawnee June 13 @ Roeland Park June 20 @ Overland Park June 27 @ Lenexa July 1 @ Overland Park
June 11 @ Prairie Village June 18 @ Leawood June 25 @ Overland Park July 2 @ Shawnee July 9 @ Lenexa
All City @ Leawood July 10 (Wednesday)
All City @ Overland Park July 12: 7&U, 9&U, 11&U July 13: 13&U, 15&U, 18&U
• Warm up at 7 a.m. • Meet starts at 8:15 a.m. • Rain date: July 11
• Warm up at 7 a.m. • Meet starts at 8 a.m. • Rain date: July 14
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 17
IRENE B. FRENCH
COMMUNITY CENTER The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department's mission is to provide first-class facilities and parks and enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors through educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities.
Meet our Team Facility Staff
Anna Slocum, Director Dave Smothers, Assistant Director Renee Nagle, Recreation Supervisor Ingrid Berg, Assistant Recreation Coordinator Lisa Naughton, Administrative Coordinator Vacant, Maintenance Worker II David Williams, Maintenance Worker I Brandy Peterson, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Asst. Coord. Caitlyn Remick, Landscape Technician James Placht, Fitness Specialist
Diane • Shellie • Joe • Brandy Nicole • Pam • Holly • Hannah
Community Center Closures
Merriam Parks and Recreation
5701 Merriam Drive; Merriam, KS 66203 913-322-5550 // merriam.org/parks MONDAY–THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
8 a.m.– 9 p.m. 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. 1– 5 p.m.
Located in an old school building, the Irene B. French Community Center is home to a majority of Merriam's Parks and Recreation programs. IBFCC Amenities
• Fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment • Art gallery with monthly exhibits • Catering kitchen • Conference room and event space with Wi-Fi capabilities • Dance studio with wood floor, mirrors, and ballet barre • Game room with pool table, foosball, pingpong, TV, and Wii® • Gymnasium with built-in stage
Occasionally, portions of the Irene B. French Community Center may be closed for repairs, maintenance, or specially-scheduled activities and holidays. Anticipated closures will be posted as early as possible.
Holidays and Closings
To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a daily admission fee. Youth or adult teams may not use open gym times to conduct practices but may rent the gym according to rental policies.
Saturday, May 18: Turkey Creek Festival Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Thursday, July 4: Independence Day Cancellation Hotline: 913-322-5591
18 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Schedules are available at merriam.org/opengym or by calling 913-322-5550.
Daily fee $3 // person BOGO special May 31 – Aug. 11!
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
ID Card Admission
The Merriam Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center. The Board is comprised of one representative from each of the four City wards, three at-large positions, and one youth representative. Contact Anna Slocum by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-322-5550 for more information.
Fitness center patrons must show a photo ID card with proof of residency. If no ID is available, an ID card can be provided with proper documentation for $5. Residency information must be updated annually.
Please register at least three working days prior to the start date of a class to prevent cancellation due to low enrollment. Many of our classes fill early due to popularity.
A limited number of recreation scholarships are available to help defray the cost of class and membership registration fees. Limited to Merriam residents; low-income guidelines apply. For an application, contact the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 or visit merriam.org/scholarships.
Refund / Cancellation / Transfer
Suzanne Downey Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull
Christopher Leitch Katie Leary Billy Crook Grant Getzlow, youth
The City of Merriam Parks and Recreation Department prides itself on providing first-class recreational opportunities to Merriam residents. Although patrons desire to attend all sessions for which they are registered, there may be circumstances that prevent them from completing programs. Recognizing the need to provide assistance in these situations, programs, memberships, and rental refunds will be handled in accordance with the policy posted on the website and available at the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC). All refunds are processed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. For purpose of point of notification, written requests that can be verified by date will be accepted during all hours of operation at the IBFCC front desk. Refunds for transactions paid by credit card, regardless of the amount, will be credited to the account on the day the cancellation is approved. Transactions paid by cash or check will be reimbursed by check, if more than $10. Please allow up to three weeks for payment. Refunds of less than $10 will be reimbursed with cash and will require a signature from the person eligible for the refund. Administration reserves the right to review and alter policies as needed. Policy changes and notifications will be provided in writing on the website and posted at the IBFCC front desk.
Community Center Foundation
Program Instructors Needed
Individuals or groups wanting to make a contribution in honor or memory of a loved one should contact Anna Slocum by email at email@example.com or call 913-322-5550 for more information.
Turn your hobby or skill into a part-time job by teaching a class! Call 913-322-5550 or email Renee Nagle at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your idea for a new program. Facility users are expected to respect IBFCC property and fellow users. Destruction of property, profanity, and abusive behavior won't be tolerated. Violators will be asked to leave the facility, and repeat offenders will have privileges permanently revoked. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in the IBFCC and within 10 feet of all entrances. The IBFCC isn't staffed to provide individual child supervision. Please don't drop children off and leave them unattended. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person age 14 or older. No person under the age of 16 is allowed to participate in, or attend, adult fitness classes.
Parks & Rec // IBFCC
Irene B. French Community Center Policies
Sharing in Your Community’s Future
Established in 1988 as a means to provide support for Merriam's recreation facilities, programs, and parks, the Merriam Community Center Foundation has provided more than $175,000 to support the Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation’s largest fundraising activity is the annual Flags 4 Freedom event, held during the week of July 4. The Foundation also supports the arts in Merriam, annually donating a piece from the Heartland Artist Exhibition to the permanent collection hanging at the Irene B. French Community Center. Recent programs include scholarship assistance for Merriam Parks and Recreation programs and memberships; new benches at all playgrounds; and assistance in the renovation and expansion of the Tim Murphy Art Gallery.
Susan Hayden, President Carol Eubank, Secretary Nancy Hupp, Treasurer Lanny Bachtle Jane Doerflinger Frank Dover Lori Hanson LaVera Howard Kathy Rowe
...................................................................................... The City of Merriam doesn't discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, military status, genetic information, marital status or familial status. Merriam Parks and Recreation is committed to making accommodations as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made to Merriam Parks and Recreation one week prior to the start of a program. Please indicate what accommodations are needed. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 19
PARKS & REC RENTALS
The Irene B. French Community Center's small classrooms, conference room, game room, and kitchen facilities are all available for group rentals. Our classrooms can support equipment for business meetings and events, including internet access.
Staff can provide details regarding availability, rental fees, and reservation deposits. Call 913-322-5550 or visit merriam.org/parks for more information.
75 person capacity*
90 person capacity*
200+ person capacity*
27 person capacity*
24’ x 59’
22’ x 61’
43’ x 64’
18’ x 23’
*Capacity varies depending on selected room arrangement.
OUTDOOR RENTAL SPACES Rental Season: April – October
Brown Park 5040 Booker Drive
Chatlain Park 6300 Carter Ave.
Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive
Waterfall Park 5191 Merriam Drive
Tucked in the South Park neighborhood, this shelter provides eight picnic tables and a large grill– perfect for all events. Amenities include a playground and swings, walking trail, new basketball court, new pickleball court, and open green space.
This 5.25-acre park provides access to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. The pavilion has eight picnic tables and a large grill. Amenities include a playground and swings, open green space, and paved parking.
This facility is perfect for corporate picnics, family reunions, and other gatherings. Amenities include a bridge to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, electrical hookups, playground equipment, and a sand volleyball court across the street at the community center. Tables and chairs aren't provided.
This park houses Julius McFarlin Fields. There are four soccer fields available for team practices. Fields are reserved by the hour.
20 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Call 913-322-5550 for shelter and field rentals.
ART GALLERY Upcoming Exhibits In its 23rd year, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery strives to support quality art experiences in the City and strengthen the community culturally and educationally. All exhibits are free to the public with an opening night reception the first Thursday of each month from 7–8:30 p.m. Come meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Exhibits can be viewed online at merriam.org/artgallery.
SCHOMACKER + TUCKER
APRIL 4 – 27
JUNE 6 – 29
JULY 11* – 27
AUGUST 1 – 31
“Layers of Creativity… Mixed Media Unleashed”
“North American Spirit”
"Art of the Northland"
“Three Artists. A Journey of Discovery”
Featuring artists: Gayle Faulkner Jan Fellers Gloria Gale
Irene Schomacker Kay Tucker
Northland Art League *Opening reception changed due to Independence Day.
Parks & Rec // Art Gallery
Featuring artists: Matt Krawcheck Jhulan Mukarji Wendy Taylor
2020 Call for Artists // Application deadline: July 8 The Art Gallery is accepting applications for the 2020 monthly exhibits. Interested artists may submit five digitals of their work. All exhibited paintings and photographs must be matted and framed unless wrap-around-canvas technique is utilized. Considered media includes: photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. For more information, contact Dave Smothers at 913-322-5550 or email@example.com. Find applications online at merriam.org/artgallery.
Friday Painters Fridays // 9:30 a.m.–Noon // $2 Enjoy studio time and connect with other artists. Come together every Friday at the Irene B. French Community Center to create art in many different media types. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 21
FITNESS CENTER Located inside the Irene B. French Community Center, the fitness center offers a small, friendly environment with all the essential equipment to help you attain your fitness and health goals. FITNESS CENTER MEMBERSHIPS
Family and individual fitness center memberships are available to both Merriam residents and non-residents, with no contracts required. Teens ages 13-15 must complete a mandatory equipment orientation with a fitness specialist and be accompanied by a person at least 18 years old. Membership includes: • Unlimited use of the fitness center. • Open gym activities at scheduled times. • Use of game room, locker, and shower room privileges. • Fitness center equipment orientation. • Fitness evaluation by appointment with our fitness specialist. • Updated personal programs. MONTHLY
Fitness Center Equipment
DAILY PASS FEE: $5 // Resident
$6 // Non-Resident
*Proof of residency required **Senior Household (60+) $225 Who qualifies for resident fees? • Any person owning taxable real estate in Merriam. • Any person permanently residing in Merriam. What can be used as proof of residency? • A valid Kansas driver’s license or state ID with current address.
Not ready for a membership? Try the fitness center for a day on us! 22 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Strength • Life/Hammer Strength selectorized equipment • Dual adjustable pulley machine • Smith machine • Adjustable bench • Dumbbell rack • Free-weight dumbbells • Kettlebells • Stability balls Cardiovascular • LifeFitness treadmills (4) • StepMill • LifeFitness recumbent bicycle • LifeFitness upright bicycle • LifeFitness ellipitical (2) • SciFit total body recumbent stepper • LifeFitness row trainer Equipment includes a 900mHz receiver to select from your choice of three televisions.
...................................................... Personalized Fitness Assessment & Equipment Orientation A certified fitness specialist is available by appointment to: • Establish appropriate weight and seat settings for all LifeFitness machines. • Familiarize users with cardiovascular equipment. • Assess functional range of motion and basic mobility. • Recommend a personalized starting workout based on activity levels and fitness goals.
Free for Fitness Center Members
...................................................... Standardized Four-Part Fitness Evaluation Designed to assess and evaluate your general fitness level, these four simple fitness tasks can test your cardiovascular, upper body strength, abdominal strength, and flexibility. • Three-minute step test • One-minute sit-up test • One-minute push-up test • Hamstring flexibility test
Open Gym Regularly-scheduled open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Schedules are available at merriam.org/opengym or by calling 913-322-5550. To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a $3 daily admission fee.
Buy one, get one admission free from May 31–Aug. 11. Youth or adult teams may not use open gym times to conduct practices but may rent the gym according to rental policies.
Fitness Center Membership Scholarship Program Merriam residents who qualify based on income requirements may receive assistance toward membership. Each applicant/family is eligible for $100 of assistance annually through the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation. More information, including an application, is available at the Irene B. French Community Center, by calling 913-322-5550, or visiting merriam.org/scholarships. Assistance is based on available funds.
Free for Fitness Center Members
Be a Regular Fitness Center User and Win a FREE Membership!
Personal Training Hourly personal training sessions are available with the fitness specialist:
Every quarter, one lucky member will have the opportunity to win a FREE individual quarterly membership! To qualify, you must be a fitness center member for at least two consecutive quarters.
$25 // hour Members $50 // hour Non-members
...................................................... Call 913-322-5550 to schedule an appointment.
Parks & Rec // Fitness Center
ORIENTATION & PERSONAL FITNESS
Renew your membership online at merriam.org/parks.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 23
Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 1 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center unless otherwise noted.
Martial Arts Mondays // 5–6 p.m. // Ages 6–12 May 6 – June 24* // Class #210902A1 July 15 – Aug. 26 // Class #210902A2
Learn traditional martial arts techniques in a family-friendly environment with an emphasis on awareness-based self-defense and anti-bullying. Improve discipline, focus, and self-confidence while strengthening the body and mind. $72 // child
$15 // drop-in *No class May 27
International Soccer Camps June 17 - 21 // Waterfall Park, 5191 Merriam Drive Tiny Tykes 8–9 a.m. (Ages 3–5) $104 // child Half Day 9 a.m.–noon (Ages 6–14) $150 // child
The new Challenger International Soccer Camp reflects the truly global nature of the sport today and provides young players with a wide variety of coaching styles, practices, and influences that will help them develop a well-rounded skill set. Taking the best coaching methodologies and practices from England, Brazil, Spain, USA, and France, participants will experience them woven together in a multi-faceted approach on and off the field. Participants will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt on the first day of camp. All camp participants will receive the iChallenge App with 20 free skill-building videos! Registration accepted at challengersports.com/international_soccer or by calling 913-599-4884. For more information, please contact Sean Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: Challenger Coaches
BOGO Basketball May 31 – Aug. 11 Open gym hours
It's buy one, get one free basketball all summer long! Don’t be a bench warmer. Bring a buddy to shoot some hoops; two get in for the price of one! $3 // duo
24 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Host your child’s birthday party here!
Our game room is available for use on a drop-in basis. The game room includes lounge furniture, a pool table, pingpong table, foosball table, Wii® gaming station with Wii® Sports, and a 52” high-definition television. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older. Daily Fee: $2 // person. Use of game room equipment is included.
Preschool Indoor Playground (PIP) Tuesdays // 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Pretend you’re a truck driver, policeman, motorcycle driver, and more. At PIP there are Little Tyke® ride-along toys, a kitchen, and interactive stations like a work bench and pretend lawn care tools. Have fun, make new friends, run, and be loud. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time.
$2 // child Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits.
Turn your hobby or skill into a part-time job by teaching a class. Contact Renee Nagle at email@example.com to share your idea!
All packages are for two hours during regular business hours. For more information and availability, please call 913-322-5550. PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #1
Parks & Rec // Youth
Includes the preschool playground setup in the gym with tables and chairs for 20. $116 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $145 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and under.
PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #2
Includes the preschool playground setup in the gym plus the use of a multi-purpose room with maximum seating of 75. $144 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $180 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and under.
GAME ROOM PACKAGE
Includes use of all activities and equipment in game room and a separate party room with seating for 24. Game room includes a pool table, pingpong table, foosball table, Wii® gaming system, and a 52” high-definition television. $65 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $85 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 8 and up.
Includes the gymnasium and a separate party room with seating for 24 people. Equipment available for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball. $60 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $70 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and up.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 25
Parks & Rec // Adult Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center.
Learn basic belly dance techniques while building flexibility and stamina. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing; bare feet or dance slippers. Instructor: Kali
OTHER CLASSES ........................................
This class builds on the belly dance technique and concepts taught in Beginning Belly Dance. Work on flexibility and stamina, combinations, layers, and choreography. Belly dance is so much fun and such a great exercise to build strength and grace. Experience required. Instructor: Kali
Join us for a fun, 60-minute cardio dance class that combines a variety of dance moves with interval and resistance training for a full-body workout!
YOGA ........................................................ Yoga mats and props are provided.
Nourish your body and mind while being gentle on your body. This class is perfect for those who need modified poses but want maximum benefits. Designed for older students or those with ongoing chronic conditions. This slower-paced class aims to increase mobility and reduce discomfort. A doctor’s note is requested. Instructor: Durán, CIYT
Exercise your body while freeing your mind from stress with a midday break. Props are used to assure proper form and body alignment. Focus on yourself and leave stress at the door. Instructor: Durán, CIYT
Intro to Ki Society
You're invited to experience something new. Students will learn the fundamental skills of ki-aikido, a samuraiderived martial art, alongside the enlightening practice of guided meditation. Please wear clothing suitable for mild exercise. Instructor: Patchen
The Ki Society
Continue your experience by practicing the five disciplines. These include ki-breathing, ki-meditation, aikido, kiatsu, and bell meditation, which can be lifelong skills that promote a fundamental awareness of our natural state. Instructor: Montgomery
Pickleball: Drop-in Play
Pickleball is so popular because any age, gender, and athletic ability can play. The game is a combination of pingpong, tennis, and badminton. Equipment available.
Simplified Tai Chi Relieve stress, improve focus and balance while learning the simplified 24 tai chi set. Instructor: Wood
Aikida Yoshinkai 1
A derivative of hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment in the practice of posture and breath control. The development of strength, mobility, and stability is gained through the use of props. Instructor: Durán, CIYT
New and beginning students. Loosely translated, aikido means “way of harmonious spirit,” or “way of unifying (with) life energy.” We study harmony basics through physical movements while learning this Japanese art. "By doing that you can effortlessly realize your own natural self-depending on the situation that is front of you.” – Gozo Shioda Sensei. Instructor: Durán
Iyengar Yoga–Level 2
Aikida Yoshinkai 2
Iyengar Yoga–Level 1
For continuing yoga students who participated in Iyengar Yoga Level 1 two or more times or have previous yoga experience. Instructor: Durán, CIYT
Iyengar Yoga–Level 3
For students able to do inversions with ease at the wall. Instructor: Durán, CIYT
26 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Level 1 is a prerequisite. Continuing students develop and refine movement in this modern art based on Japanese self-defense techniques. "To harmonize with the universe means to be in balance. Aiki, i.e., 'harmonizing of energy,' means to lose your own ego; it is the technique of submitting to the natural flow of the universe." – Gozo Shioda Sensei. Instructor: Durán
Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 1 ................................................................................................................................................................. CLASS
Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 220807B3 16+ Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 220807B4 16+ Zumba
Iyengar Yoga–Level 1
Iyengar Yoga–Level 1
Iyengar Yoga–Level 2
Iyengar Yoga–Level 2
Iyengar Yoga–Level 3
Iyengar Yoga–Level 3
Intro to Ki Society
Intro to Ki Society
The Ki Society
The Ki Society
Simplified Tai Chi
Simplified Tai Chi
Aikida Yoshinkai 1
Aikida Yoshinkai 1
Aikida Yoshinkai 2
Aikida Yoshinkai 2
• • •
• • • • • •
• • • • • • • •
W TH F SA SU TIME
• • • • • • • • •
DROP MIN/ IN MAX
May 14–June 25
July 9–Aug. 20
May 14–June 25
July 9–Aug. 20
5:30–6:30 p.m.** May 7–June 27
5:30–6:30 p.m.** July 9–Aug. 29
May 6–June 24*
July 8–Aug. 19
May 16–June 27
July 11–Aug. 22
May 15–June 26
July 10–Aug. 21
May 14–June 25
July 9–Aug. 20
7:30–8:55 p.m. May 6–June 24*
7:30–8:55 p.m. July 8–Aug. 19
May 14–June 27
July 9–Aug. 22
May 14–June 27
July 9–Aug. 22
May 14–June 27
July 9–Aug. 22
8:15–11:15 a.m. ongoing
May 6–June 24*
July 15–Aug. 26
6:30–7:30 p.m. May 16–June 27
6:30–7:30 p.m. July 11–Aug. 22
May 11–June 29
July 13–Aug. 24
Parks & Rec // Adult Classes
*No class on May 27. ** Zumba meets from 4–5 p.m. on Sundays
What’s Cluckin' in the Hen House Saturday, April 27 // 9:30–11:30 a.m. // Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive Here chickie, here chickie! In this workshop, you'll learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and much more. We'll even do a taste test of grocery store eggs versus home grown. Now, that’s something to crow about! Registration required. Instructor: Fisher $10 // Ages 17+ // Min/Max: 5/15 // #220502B4
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 27
Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs & Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center.
Congregate Meals Monday–Friday Participate in the Johnson County Nutrition Program. This meal program is offered at 11:30 a.m. each weekday. Home delivered meals are available for anyone who's unable to come to the community center. Please call 913-677-2048 for more information about the program or to make a reservation. Small donation requested.
Merriam 50+ Club First & Third Fridays
This club is held on the first and third Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Join your friends and neighbors for food, fun, and a weekly program. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Teddi Oppenheimer at 913-722-3343.
Bimonthly Newsletter The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department sends out a bimonthly newsletter with listings of special events, programs, and classes dedicated to the 50 and better age group. To be placed on this mailing list, call 913-322-5550.
Second Thursdays: April 11, May 9, June 13*, July 11, Aug. 8 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 Let’s all shout “BINGO!” Join the community on the second Thursday of each month for a fun-filled afternoon! Snacks and beverages are provided. Prizes include gift cards and consumables.
*Potluck Picnic BINGO Thursday, June 13 // Noon–3 p.m. // $4 It’s become an annual tradition with Merriam bingo players. We'll grill hot dogs and hamburgers and provide table service and beverages. Players cook up side dishes such as potato salad, baked beans, veggies and dip, or chips to share. We will visit, eat, and enjoy our bingo community! Preregistration required by Tuesday, June 11
“Grandpa’s War” Presented by Author Mark Armato The WW1 Experiences of Corporal John George Rakers Thursday, May 16 // 10 a.m.–Noon // $2 With no living veterans from the Great War, keeping the history alive is an important reminder of the sacrifices made by the approximate 9.7 million military deaths during the conflict. Mark Armato, author of “Grandpa’s War,” grew up listening to his grandfather’s engaging tales. Determined to preserve those stories, Armato shares one man’s experiences in World War I with narratives full of humor, sadness, rebellion, and faith. A light brunch will be served. Registration required by May 14. Class #230203A1 Min/Max 10/100
Silver Screen Matinée Wednesdays // 1 p.m. // Free We're going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. A FREE showing of a recent movie in a relaxed environment. Schedules are available at the front desk and highlighted in the bimonthly “Boomer Buzz” newsletter. Bring a friend and snack. Free popcorn is provided the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Movies subject to change.
28 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
................................................................................................................................................................. Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 1 .................................................................................................................................................................
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)
Keep moving with this low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. This recreational, chair-based exercise class includes range of motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability.
Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs
$3 donation suggested. Registration isn't required.
This is a gentler form of practicing yoga postures while sitting or standing, using a chair for support. It's beneficial for anyone as it increases flexibility, improves strength, and reduces tension. In addition to yoga poses, breathing techniques are also part of the practice. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation.
It’s just as fun as tennis, pingpong, or badminton and uses the same skill set. This fun and easy to learn game has swept the nation in popularity. All levels welcome. Equipment available.
Senior Wii® Bowling
“Bowlers always have time to spare,” so join us and try your hand at Wii® bowling. No special shoes or ball required – just a game controller and big screen TV. Whether you’re a semi-pro or a newbie, you’re sure to have fun. If bowling is “right up your alley,” this game is for you.
Instructor: McMillian and Durán, CIYT
This more advanced form of practicing yoga postures also uses a chair for support. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. At least six sessions of Chair One are required to be in this program. Instructor: Durán, CIYT
AFEP Chair One Chair One Chair Two Chair Two Pickleball Pickleball Wii® Bowling Wii® Bowling
No Registration 50+
230803D1 230803D2 230803D5 230803D6
50+ 50+ 50+ 50+ No Registration 16+ No Registration 16+ 231202W8 50+ 231202W9 50+
• • •
• • •
• • • • •
10–10:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 8:15–11:15 a.m. 4–6:30 p.m. 10–11:30 a.m. 10–11:30 a.m.
ongoing May 15–June 28 July 10–Aug. 23 May 14–June 27 July 9–Aug. 22 ongoing ongoing May 31–June 28 July 12–Aug. 16
– $56 $56 $56 $56 – – $3 $3
DROP MIN/ IN MAX
$3 $8 $8 $8 $8 $1 $1 – –
– 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 – – 6/16 6/16
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 29
TR AIL TR EK K I NG TI PS
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail 75th St. to Antioch Road
Trails are a popular and inexpensive way for everyone in the family to enjoy some level of physical activity and focus on health and wellness. Regardless of what activity you are participating in – walking, jogging, biking, or skating – everyone should follow the same set of guidelines. Below is a list provided by the International Bicycle Fund.
▶▶Be Courteous – respect other users regardless of their mode, speed, or skill level.
▶▶Be Predictable – travel in a consistent manner and always look behind before changing positions on the trail.
▶▶Don’t Block the Trail – use only half the trail if in a group or with pets.
▶▶Dogs Must Remain on Leash – please clean up after your pet; waste stations are located along the trail for your convenience.
▶▶Obey All Traffic Signs and Signals – use extra caution where the trail crosses the street and use cross signals when available.
▶▶Give Audible Warning BEFORE Passing – use voice, bell, or horn and allow person you're passing time to respond.
▶▶Keep Right – except when passing. ▶▶Stopping – move off the trail and beware of others approaching from behind.
▶▶Pass on the Left – yield to slower and oncoming traffic, pass with ample separation, and move back to the right when at a safe distance. Remember kids and pets can be unpredictable.
▶▶Always Exercise Due Care and Caution. ▶▶No Motorized Vehicles. Following these guidelines will allow everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the trails! Please call Merriam Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550 or the Merriam Police Department at 913-322-5560 to report vandalism, graffiti, or suspicious behavior. Call 911 in case of an emergency. 30 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2019
Explore Merriam parks and share your pictures and videos on our Facebook page: facebook.com/MerriamParks
Brown Memorial Park
5040 BOOKER DRIVE
9674 W. 61ST ST.
6300 CARTER AVE.
Merriam Historic Plaza
6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD
5740 MERRIAM DRIVE
Quail Creek Park
7024 GRANDVIEW AVE.
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail
MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS
5191 MERRIAM DRIVE
5750 MERRIAM DRIVE
6501 ANTIOCH ROAD
Merriam Parks & Trail Map W 47 ST
CITY PARK TRAIL HEAD LOCATIONS ANTIOCH RD
W 51ST ST
Waterfall Park Merriam Marketplace Campbell Park Chatlain Park 75th St.
TURKEY CREEK STREAMWAY TRAIL
W 53 RD ST
• • • • • • • •
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
• • • • • •
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail
W 49 TH ST
Daily park hours are from sunrise to sunset
Parks & Rec // Merriam Parks
There's approximately four miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th St. to Antioch Road in Merriam. The Turkey Creek Streamway Trail passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden, the AT&T pocket park, and several larger neighborhood parks. Paved parking and access points are provided at the 75th St. entrance, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, and Waterfall Park. The trail continues into Overland Park by traveling along Antioch Road. Distances between locations in miles
Trail mileage markers are available every 1/2 mile. Emergency (E911) trail markers are available every 1/10 mile.
X 0.96 1.47 2.03 2.84 3.24 3.49 3.66
0.96 X 0.51 1.07 1.87 2.28 2.53 2.7
1.47 0.51 X 0.56 1.37 1.77 2.02 2.19
2.03 1.07 0.56 X 0.81 1.21 1.46 1.63
2.84 1.87 1.37 0.81 X 0.40 0.65 0.83
3.24 2.28 1.77 1.12 0.40 X 0.25 0.42
3.49 2.53 2.02 1.46 0.65 0.25 X 0.17
3.66 2.7 2.19 1.63 0.83 0.42 0.17 X
SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY
W 67TH ST
W 71ST ST
WERNER CAMPBELL CHATLAIN BUTTERFLY GARDEN POCKET PARK W 75TH ST
EDELWEISS 75TH ST.
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 31
CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS 9001 W. 62ND ST. MERRIAM, KS 66202-2815
4 4 13 18 18 21 27
Spring Fling Recycling Event // 8–11 a.m. // Former Kmart Parking Lot Merriam Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season // 7 a.m.–1 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Turkey Creek 5K // 8–10 a.m. // IBFCC Turkey Creek Festival // 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. // Antioch Park Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC Memorial Day: City Hall and IBFCC Closed
6 10 21 24 25
“North American Spirit” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Party in YOUR Park // 6:30–8:30 p.m. // Quail Creek Park City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC
1–6 4 4 5 8 11 19 22 23
lp reek Festiva
rk YOUR Pa
........................................................................ Flags 4 Freedom // MMP Independence Day: City Hall and IBFCC Closed Free Patriotic Concert // 1 p.m. // MMP City Hall Closed City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall “Art of the Northland” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG Party in YOUR Park // 6:30-8:30 p.m. // Campbell Park City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC
1 6 10 12 26 27
ur p hy
Registration Begins for Parks and Recreation Classes Pool Membership Sales Start “Layers of Creativity...Mixed Media Unleashed” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Brunch with the Bunny // 10–11:30 a.m. // IBFCC Spring Large-Item Pickup // Citywide // merriam.org/largeitem Coffee with a Cop // 8:30–10 a.m. // Krispy Kreme Easter – IBFCC Closed City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC
1 1 4 8 13 15–19 20 21 22 23
IBFCC = Irene B. French Community Center MAC = Merriam Aquatic Center MMP = Merriam Marketplace TMAG = Tim Murphy Art Gallery
“Three Artists. A Journey of Discovery” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG National Night Out/Party in YOUR Park // 6–8 p.m. // Waterfall Park Cruise Night // 6:30–8:30 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC
For more information about the events listed above, please call City Hall at 913-322-5500 or visit merriam.org.