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MERRIAM ...................................................................................................

highlights & recreation

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Merriam Community Center Opens in June page 4

8 // Street Improvements

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16 // Turkey Creek Festival ...................................................................................... 18 // Upcoming Events

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24 // Parks & Rec Classes

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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.

MERRIAM COMMUNITY CENTER – OPENS JUNE 8! 6040 SLATER ST. MERRIAM, KS 66202 913-322-5550 HOURS M-TH 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. F 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. SA 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. SU 10 a.m. – 6 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

MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings Merriam Residents,

This summer will be one to remember! The Merriam Community Center opens this June, and I plan to be first in line to see it on opening day and greet you at the door! I’ve waited years to see this community center come to fruition. Construction crews are working tirelessly to make sure our building is complete on time and on budget. And, I do mean OUR building. You helped get us here by passing the ¼-cent sales tax that funded the project in 2017, and made sure the building was just right for our community through your participation in the design process along the way. This project has always been about building community and giving Merriam a place to come together. I hope you’ll join us this summer in our new facility and experience it for yourself. Your Mayor,

cityofmerriam@merriam.org

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Ken Sissom

The City is working to limit the spread of COVID-19 and encouraging social distancing per CDC guidelines. Dates included in this publication are subject to change. Please visit merriam.org/covid19 for the most current information. City offices will close in observation of holidays on Monday, May 25 and Friday, July 3. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Merriam Community Center hours on July 4 will be 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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New City Councilmembers There are two new faces on the Merriam City Council. Whitney Yadrich and Bruce Kaldahl took the oath of office in January. Yadrich and Kaldahl succeeded outgoing councilmembers Al Frisby and Nancy Hupp. Frisby served on the City Council since 2011 and Hupp since 2003. MERRIAM CITY COUNCIL

4 // Merriam Community Center 8 // Public Works 10 // Merriam 2040 10 // 2020 U.S. Census 12 // Spring Recycling Event 13 // City Grant Opportunities 14 // Public Safety 16 // Turkey Creek Festival 18 // Events 19 // Farmers' Market 20 // Art Gallery .................................................................... PARKS & REC CLASSES & PROGRAMS

KEN SISSOM MAYOR 913-523-5357

WHITNEY YADRICH BRUCE KALDAHL WARD 2 WARD 3 785-979-7842 913-708-3043

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30 // Merriam Parks SCOTT DIEBOLD WARD 1 913-293-8457

BRIAN KNAFF WARD 2 913-362-9496

DAVID NEAL WARD 4 913-908-5072

JASON SILVERS WARD 1 816-210-6135

CHRIS HANDS WARD 3 913-384-5340

BOB PAPE WARD 4 913-707-9316

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The Merriam Community Center’s opening day is delayed due to COVID-19. If you purchase a charter membership or summer membership now, you’ll still reap the benefits. Charter memberships will run for 12 months from the new date we open to the public and summer memberships will run for the first 100 days after we open to the public. Check merriam.org for an opening date.

Merriam Community Center Opens in June!

Families, friends, couples, individuals... whoever you are, whatever your fitness goals, the new Merriam Community Center is Just Right!

The City of Merriam is excited to open our new 66,000-square-foot community center to the general public on June 8! We'll welcome in charter members for a soft opening beginning June 1. Membership provides full access to the facility, including an indoor pool with slides, lazy river, lap lanes, and a warm water therapy pool; outdoor pool with lap lanes, diving boards, and zip line; industry-leading fitness equipment; walking/jogging track; full-size gym with options for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball; and space to gather and host events.

Charter Memberships Get Two Months Free*

Charter members will receive exclusive first access into the building starting June 1, $10 MCC bucks to use for child watch or concession cart items, invites to special events, free guest passes, free fitness evaluation, and a free beach bag and towel! Visit merriam.org/mcc for details on how to become a charter member. Charter memberships with all the perks are a limited-time offer – sign up by June 7! ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

Household Two-Person Household2 Senior Household3 Adult Senior Youth Additional Dependent4 1

RESIDENT

$540 $490 $430 $325 $270 $270 $90

NON-RESIDENT

$675 $610 $540 $405 $340 $340 $115

*Pay just 10 months for a 12-month membership. Charter memberships must be paid in full.

Watch live video tours inside the building every Tuesday at facebook.com/merriamparks. 4 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2020

Video updates will be shared on the safest day for site visits.


The rates below go into effect June 8. Monthly memberships will be available when the community center opens. Summer memberships run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. RESIDENT

MEMBERSHIP

Household Two-Person Household2 Senior Household3 Adult Senior Youth Additional Dependent4 1

Monthly5

$60 $55 $50 $40 $30 $30 $10

Annual

Summer

$660 $595 $530 $400 $330 $330 $110

$200 $185 $160 $130 $110 $110 $30

NON-RESIDENT Monthly5

$75 $70 $60 $45 $40 $40 $13

Annual

Summer

$825 $745 $660 $495 $415 $415 $140

$250 $225 $200 $155 $130 $130 $40

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Membership

Children under 2 are free! Day Pass $9 // Resident

$11 // Non-Resident

Building Hours

Child Watch

*Saturday hours extend until 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

$3/hour Resident $4/hour Non-Resident Discounts available for bulk purchases.

5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday* 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

For children 6 months to 8 years old 8 a.m. – Noon Monday – Friday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – Noon Saturday

Residency is defined as someone who resides within Merriam city limits or someone who owns taxable real estate within city limits. Proof required with a valid driver’s license or state ID, current city business license, or Notice of Appraised Value issued by the Johnson County Assessor’s Office. Household memberships include 2 adults and up to 4 dependent children as defined by the IRS Qualifying Age Rule. Children age 18–24 must provide proof of residency. Additional dependents can be added for a fee.

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Two-Person Household includes two people who live at the same address, one of which must be at least 18 years old.

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Senior Household includes two adults who live at the same address, one of which must be 60 years old.

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Additional Dependent applies to the 6-person Household membership.

Monthly memberships are automatically billed on the 5th of the month until written notification of cancellation is received from the member.

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Can’t Wait to Get Poolside?

Pools will open according to Johnson County COVID-19 phased reopening plan.

The City is partnering with Roeland Park and Mission outdoor pools to give all Merriam residents, MCC charter members, and summer members free access to a pool Memorial Day through June 7 – just show your proof of residency or membership card. Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Drive Mission Family Aqauitic Center, 5930 W. 61st St.

Pool Parties

Host a birthday party or other fun events at the pool starting July 1. Call Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550 to make your reservation.

Summer Outdoor Pool Hours

Silver Sneakers and Prime Fitness

Noon – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday Noon – 6 p.m. Sunday

Rental Space

Rental space is available throughout the facility, including meeting rooms with space for up to 250 people, classrooms, gymnasium, and indoor and outdoor pools. Visit merriam.org/rentals for more information.

Merriam Community Center Tours

Take a tour of the new community center beginning May 26. Check out merriam.org/ membership for a complete tour schedule.

Merriam Parks and Recreation now participates in Silver Sneakers and Prime Fitness. Call Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550 for more information.

Flag Lowering and Raising Ceremonies

The Irene B. French Community O N E D Center will P T S O P close all programs on May 15 at 5 p.m. Say a final farewell to the IBFCC on May 31 at 7 p.m. Boy Scouts will help us take down the American, Kansas, and City of Merriam flags, which we'll transfer to the new community center the next day. Stop by the Merriam Community Center on June 1 at 9 a.m. as we raise the flags with the help of the Merriam Police Honor Guard. Enjoy coffee and donuts while supplies last!

We're Hiring! Child Watch Attendants ▶ Head Lifeguards ▶ Lifeguards ▶ Slide Attendants Apply at merriam.org/jobs. 6 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2020


Rental Season: April – October

The City is canceling all park shelter rentals until further notice. If you have a reservation, Parks and Recreation will contact you to receive a full refund.

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 picnic tables and a large grill­– perfect for all events. Amenities include a playground and swings, walking trail, basketball court, pickleball court, and open green space.

This 5.25-acre park provides access to the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. The pavilion has 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. Tables and chairs are not provided.

This park houses Julius McFarlin Fields. There are soccer fields available for team practices. Fields are reserved by the hour.

Yard of the Month Showcase your gorgeous property and have a chance to be recognized as the City’s “Yard of the Month.” Beautify your yard with colorful flowers, pruned trees, and shrubs. City staff will identify well-maintained properties each month from May through September. 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.

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Call 913-322-5550 for shelter and field rentals.

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Outdoor Rental Spaces


Merriam Voters Approve the Renewal of 1/4-Cent Special Sales Tax Merriam voters in January said "yes" to renewing a 1/4-cent special sales tax with 80% support. The tax pays for the City’s street and stormwater projects. More than 2,000 residents cast their ballots with a 28% voter turnout. The special sales tax can only be used to fund street, bridge, and drainage improvement projects in Merriam.

More than $20 million in planned projects are eligible for funding through 2030. These projects include Merriam Drive from Johnson Drive to Shawnee Mission Parkway, Carter Ave. from Merriam Drive to 67th St., and nearly 52,000 linear feet of storm drain rated poor to fair. The City will also use funds to continue maintaining roads and residential streetlights, sidewalks, and small drainage projects across Merriam.

"Thank you for entrusting us to use your money to provide the high level of service you deserve and expect from our city," City Administrator Chris Engel said.

67th Street Improvements Construction crews recently completed work on 67th St. Crews repaved the entire road from Switzer Lane to Antioch Road, added new sidewalks and curbs where needed, and added new streetlights. They also placed a new pedestrian bridge across Turkey Creek.

The project was funded by the Âź-cent street and stormwater sales tax and matching grants. New pedestrian bridge.

Johnson Drive Improvements In April, construction crews will begin a long-term road improvements project on Johnson Drive from the BNSF train tracks to east city limits. This project includes repaving the entire roadway, new curbs and sidewalks, new streetlights, and ADA compliant ramps. There will be partial lane closures throughout the entire project, which should be completed by mid-October, weather permitting. 8 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2020


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The City is offering free large-item pickup for residents to dispose of items such as furniture, appliances, and rugs.

Merriam // Public Works

Spring Large-Item Pickup April 20–24

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I-35 Expansion and Detours The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently began widening I-35 between 67th and 75th streets. KDOT closed the southbound I-35 on- and off-ramps at 75th St. through July. Traffic should detour to Shawnee Mission Parkway. The northbound I-35 on-ramp at 75th St. will be closed mid-July through November, when KDOT anticipates the project will be complete.

Fall Tree Sale The City of Merriam will offer a tree sale in September, with an order deadline in mid-August. Choose from a variety of trees, including maples, oaks, elms, flowering crabapples, and more! Merriam residents will receive a $15 subsidy on the first two trees purchased. Look for more information in June at merriam.org.

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Fill Out the 2020 U.S. Census When it Arrives in Your Mailbox Everyone counts in the 2020 Census! By mid-April, you'll receive the 2020 U.S. Census. You can fill out the paper form and return via mail or complete the census online or by phone.

The 10-question form is from the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau collects information from all persons in the nation every 10 years. Participation is mandatory, but your answers will be confidential. You'll have to count everyone who lives in your home, including kids and extended family. Information collected determines how much money Kansas gets from the federal government. Kansas distributes this money to county and local programs that likely affect you.

The 2020 Census is safe, easy and important. RESPOND TO THE 2020 CENSUS TO SHAPE THE FUTURE

Data collection begins March 2020 and continues through August 2020. You will receive a letter with instructions for completing the census beginning in March 2020. Data from the census helps communities get the funding they need for services and infrastructure in your community. This includes health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools and businesses.

Find more information at 2020census.gov.

GET INVOLVED!

THE 2020 CENSUS IS CONFIDENTIAL

The City of Merriam is excited to continue the process of updating the City's long-range comprehensive plan.

Your responses to the 2020 census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics — they cannot be used against you in any way. Your census responses are safe and secure.

The comprehensive plan will address… • • • • • • •

Land Use Housing Commercial / Industrial Development Sustainability Transportation and Mobility Parks and Recreation Community Facilities / Services

Resident involvement is important! You'll have many opportunities to give your input in creating a vision for Merriam in the year 2040. Learn how at merriam2040.org. 10 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2020

PUBLIC WORKSHOP

April 15, 2020 – 6:30 P.M. AndN C E L E D C City Hall - 2 Floor Training Room 2020Census.gov or CountMeInJoCo.org

TAKE THE ONLINE SURVEY! #countmeinjoco

#2020census

surveymonkey.com/r/merriam2040

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT... merriam2040.org


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Stay Informed with NotifyJoCo NotifyJoCo is a free, county-wide mass notification system designed to keep you informed of weather emergencies and certain non-emergency events via phone, text, or email. Customize your alerts to get notifications on flash floods, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, unexpected road closures, or missing persons in Johnson County.

Visit notifyjoco.org to register or update your customized alert preferences or call 913-826-5555 for more information.

Community Spotlight ............................................. Name:

Mitchell Fowler .............................................................

Mitchell Fowler has lived in Merriam for 70 years. He’s an engaged community member who’s spent time on both Merriam’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and Planning Commission. He’s currently a Comprehensive Plan 2040 committee member. Mitchell has two daughters and three grandchildren. How did you end up living in Merriam? My grandparents moved to Merriam in 1932. I graduated from Shawnee Mission North in 1964 and attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg for one year before I was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1965. I would have to say

my two years serving my country has made me appreciate Merriam. What do you like about public service and why is it necessary? I like public service because it gives me the opportunity to give back to my neighbors and the community. I’ve been involved in the BZA and the Planning Commission for about 10 years. Public service is a must for resident safety, maintenance of our streets, and fire and police protection. Being a public servant, to me, is having a personal appreciation for living in Merriam – the best city in Johnson County. You’re working on the Comp Plan 2040. What’s that experience been like? My involvement in Comp Plan 2040 started last fall with the intent of having as much input in my hometown as possible. Merriam residents’ pride should elevate with the ideas the Comp Plan leaders and volunteers have for moving our city forward. Why is the Comp Plan so important? The Comp Plan Advisory Committee helps develop the vision of residents’ input and suggestions and goals of the City of Merriam. We are working hard to make our city first class in every way.

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Spring Fling Recycling Event Saturday, May 2 // 8–11 a.m.

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It's time to do some spring cleaning and clear out your clutter! Join us in the former Kmart parking lot at 8703 Shawnee Mission Parkway for this recycling event. Items are free to recycle unless a cost is noted below. Electronic Recycling ▶ All computer monitors: $25 ▶ All TVs: $35 ▶ Anything with a cord: Free

Eyeglass Collection ▶ Used eyeglasses will be donated to those in need Bike Collection ▶ Used bikes will be refurbished and given to community service organizations

Paper Shredding ▶ Regular file box: Suggested $5 donation per box ▶ Large file box: Suggested $10 donation per box 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.

Shawnee Mission Parkway

Cars must enter the event at W. 64th Terrace and Antioch Road.

ENTRANCE ONLY

BIKES

BUSINESS ENTRANCE

SHREDDING

Pegah’s

PAINT

Krispy Kreme

ELECTRONICS

Eby Ave.

Freddy’s

DUMPSTER

BUSINESS ENTRANCE

ROAD CLOSED

W. 64th Terrace

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Antioch Road

Kmart

**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.**

Learn more and view the map at merriam.org/recyclingevent. Thanks to our partners: City of Shawnee, PROSHRED, MerriamShawnee Lions Club, Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste, and Waste Management.

ENTRANCE


The City's Neighborhood Island Grant offers a 100% reimbursement, up to $500, to purchase preapproved plants and pay for upkeep for one of 20 neighborhood islands.

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Help Improve Your Neighborhood's Common Area

All plants must be installed by 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.

Block Party Grants Now Available Plan an awesome block party and get to know your neighbors! Back by popular demand, the City of Merriam will reimburse residents up to $200 to host a 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 will take applications 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.

New Firetruck to Serve Merriam Residents Overland Park firefighters recently dedicated a new fire truck in Merriam. The ceremony included firefighters washing the truck’s wheels and then manually pushing Truck 46 into the fire station bay – a tradition when putting a new truck into service.

The City of Merriam bought the truck that Overland Park Fire Department crews will operate. It will serve Merriam and northern Overland Park residents.

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Sgt. Brokaw Promoted to Captain Sgt. Chris Brokaw was promoted to captain in March. Brokaw started his career with the Merriam Police Department in 2001. As a captain, Brokaw will oversee the department’s support services division. He said he’s excited to move into this new role with the police department.

2019 Merriam Police Officer of the Year – Capt. Chris Brokaw Since 2001, Cpt. Brokaw has held a variety of positions and special assignments at the Merriam Police Department. He worked as a patrol officer, detective, as a sergeant of the investigation’s unit, and was recently promoted to captain.

In 2019, the Merriam Police Department faced numerous challenges when two officers were diagnosed with cancer just days apart and six other officers left the department for a variety of reasons. Brokaw was one of many officers who pitched in and went the extra mile during this difficult time. He helped organize numerous fundraisers for both officers with cancer. Brokaw also took on additional responsibilities in his role as a detective supervisor to test and assist with hiring replacement officers. He did so each day with a positive attitude and a sense of service. Congratulations and thank you for your service, Capt. Brokaw!

New Police Officers Serving Our Community

Brandon Bates

Jordan Berry

Justin Bilyeu

Nicholas Fling

Nathan Hoff

Holly Keith

POP with a

Cop Turn in unused prescriptions.

Get to know your police officers!

April 25 // 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

5440 Merriam Drive July 15 // 5–6:30 p.m.

ANCELED C Walgreens

8701 Johnson Drive

BUILDING REL ATIONSHIPS, ONE DRINK AT A TIME.

2019 Police Annual Report Now Available at merriam.org/police.

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Thursday, June 22 6:30–8 p.m.

Sonic

Join your neighbors and Merriam police officers for FREE pop, baseball cards, and conversation.

Merriam Community Center 6040 Slater St.

No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know your neighborhood officers! Free drinks provided by Sonic MERRIAM POLICE DEPARTMENT // www.merriam.org/mpd // 913.322.5560 //

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The Merriam Police Department is accepting applications for its 2020 Citizens Police Academy. The 10-week program starts Aug. 19 and runs through Oct. 21. Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Merriam Police Department located at 9010 W. 62nd St.

Apply online at merriam.org/citizenspoliceacademy or call the Merriam Police Department at 913-322-5560.

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Join the Citizens Police Academy

New Lost and Found Pet Service Provider The Merriam Police Department is excited to announce its new partnership with Melissa’s Menagerie's Second Chances to provide our community with lost and found pet services. Found a dog in Merriam? Contact Merriam police at 913-322-5560 during business hours or dispatch at 913-782-0720 after hours. Lost a dog in Merriam? Contact Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances at 913-364-1822.

Q+A with Merriam Staff

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Kristin Jasinski Detective Police ...................................................................................................................................... A native of Mississippi, Detective Kristin Jasinski started her career with the Merriam Police Department in 2015. She was promoted to Master Police Officer in 2018 and became a detective last year. Jasinski served eight years in the United States Army. She completed her degree in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University and the Minnesota POST Academy in Minneapolis. She and her wife, Rose, love spending time with their families and traveling. Jasinski is the recipient of two Life Saving Awards. How did you end up working at the Merriam Police Department? While in college and completing the POST Academy, I worked full time for IKEA as a manager with the Minneapolis Safety and Security Team. Many of my close friends and coworkers transferred to the Merriam store when it was built. I visited frequently and jumped on the opportunity to work for Merriam. What do you like about the Merriam Police Department? There’s a community and family that we’ve built

within the department. We are blessed to have a culture that brings us closer together, while also instilling the importance of doing the right things for the right reasons. Merriam has a community-oriented police department – what does that mean to you and how do you participate? This was a major factor that drew me to Merriam. Working hard to earn and have the support of our community makes a world of difference in this profession. It makes our jobs easier and, ultimately, safer when the community has our back. I love getting out and letting people see us beyond the uniform! What are you involved with outside the department? My wife and I are very involved with War Horses for Veterans in Stilwell, Kansas. We help out as law enforcement mentors with War Horses’ new First Responder Program. It’s a super cool organization that does incredible work. Everyone should look into it! CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 15


Saturday, May 16 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antioch Park 6501 Antioch Road

D E L E C N A C Come join the fun! The Turkey Creek Festival is an

Merriam.org/TCF Official Festival Parking At press time, parking has yet to be determined. Check merriam.org/TCF or our Facebook page for updates on parking.

Pancake Breakfast 7:30–11:30 a.m. Antioch Park, Shelter House #1

All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice sponsored by the Lions Club. $6 // Adults $4 // Children (12 & under)

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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, food trucks, and so much more!

KID ZONE – FREE!

» Pony rides » Petting zoo » Parakeet Adventure » Inflatables » Wood projects with Home Depot » 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.

Miss Major and Her Minor Mood Swings Quite Frankly The Band Whatever Rocks

Creek Chic

Support local artists and makers! Discover handmade, vintage, and repurposed treasures as you explore the full festival.

Vendors wanted. Register at jcprd.com or contact Devin Rumley at 913-826-3163.

Concessions

Favorites include BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese, Werner’s sausage, kettle corn, funnel cakes, shaved ice, and more.


Merriam // Turkey Creek Festival

5K Run/Walk & Youth Sprint // 8–10 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive

E : O C T. 3 N E W D AT

Join us for our community run benefiting the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation Youth Scholarship fund. Medals for finishing and placing in age groups. Chip timing and results by the Kansas City Running Club. Register online at runsignup.com/races, in person at the Irene B. French Community Center, or call 913-322-5550. Sign up by May 8 to receive a shirt.

Entry Fees

INDIVIDUAL

TEAMS

On or before May 8

$25

$80

Starting May 9

$35

$120

YOUTH SPRINT

PACKET PICKUP*

$7

May 15

$5

May 15 & 16

May 15

Race day

*Packet pickup at the Irene B. French Community Center.

Thank you to our sponsors!

TCF Volunteer Opportunities

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, and festival cleanup. Contact Renee Nagle at 913-322-5550 or rnagle@merriam.org for more information.

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EVENTS

NCELED JUNE CA Friday, June 19 // Quail Creek Park // 7024 Grandview Ave. Friday, July 17 // Campbell Park // 9674 W. 61st St. 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Party in YOUR Park

FREE

Merriam residents – are you looking to liven up your Friday nights? Look no further than your neighborhood park! Bring the whole family while Merriam Parks and Recreation entertains you with games, an inflatable, a light dinner, and live tunes from area musicians. We promise an evening of fun, getting to know your neighbors, and family smiles. Tracy Allison & The Drive will perform live on June 19 and The Dudes will perform on July 17.

Flags 4 Freedom June 27 – July 11 // Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive View an astonishing patriotic display of more than 1,500 United States flags in downtown Merriam during this two-week event. Enjoy two free concerts from the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City on Saturday, July 4. The wind ensemble plays from 9:30–11 a.m. and the full band performs 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. 4 // 6–8 p.m. Waterfall Park // 5191 Merriam Drive

: O C T. 6 E T A D W NE

FREE

National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes policecommunity partnerships and camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Get to know your Merriam police officers over a light dinner while playing games, enjoying the park, and listening to live music from the Troubadour Retrievers.

Cruise Night Saturday, Aug. 8 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive FREE

Get your motor running and head to Merriam Marketplace for our 7th Annual Cruise Night! This popular night of cars and motorcycles in downtown Merriam gets you revved up for the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show in September. All “show quality models” welcome. Food available from Fresh and Tasty food truck. Live music featuring The Ronni Ward Band. Car and motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages – you won't want to miss this stellar event! 18 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2020


FREE Family Fun Activities Merriam Marketplace

5740 Merriam Drive merriam.org/farmersmarket @MerriamFarmersMarket Saturdays May 23 – September 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Named a Neighborhood Favorite on Nextdoor!

Entertainment & Activities 10–11:30 a.m. unless noted Date May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 30 June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 July 4

July 11 July 18 July 25 Aug. 1 Aug. 8 Aug. 15 Aug. 22 Aug. 29 Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26

Entertainment Good Sam Club Band Make & Take Flower Pots Joe Martin & His 12 Strings Lynn O'Brien Cheer (9:30 a.m.) TCF 5K Jillian Riscoe Doug Talley Duo Sister Act Face Painting Home Depot Wood Projects Wheat State Sax Quartet Summon the Storm Saxes Plus Market hours: 7–11 a.m. American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Wind Ensemble (9:30–11 a.m.) Fireworks Painting (9:30–11 a.m.) Johnny Pierce Sean McNown Thorpe & McElroy Erin Eades Anchovy Fishermen Yakety Sax Janie Next Door Chalk it Up Sidewalk Chalk Prairie Country Band Happy Wanderers Family Food Fear Factor Car Show – Farmers' Market at 5701 Merriam Drive Nicole Springer Nick Nave Painting Mini Pumpkins

Check out our list of FREE family fun activities at the Merriam Farmers' Market on Saturdays all summer long! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on all our events. Opening Day Giveaway // May 2 May 23 Stop by our information table to pick up your FREE Merriam Farmers’ Market reusable bag before you start shopping. Bring it back each week and fill it with your market favorites. Make & Take Flower Pots // May 2 Pick a flower and a pot to plant it in and get started! With help of market staff, you'll learn the importance of soil, fertilizer, sun, and watering. Take your flower home and challenge each family member to see who can keep it alive the longest!

Parks & Rec // Events & Farmers' Market

Opening day is postponed until May 23. 7–8 a.m. will be reserved for at-risk shoppers. Vendors will be more spread out and shopping will take place from the outter edge of the Marketplace. Entertainment for May is canceled.

Sister Act Face Painting & Home Depot Wood Projects // June 6 They’re the best around, so come get your face transformed into practically anything you wish. Also, thanks to the generosity of the Merriam Home Depot, we have a variety of wood projects you can make and take home. Fireworks Painting // July 4 Who knew toilet paper rolls and a little paint can make such wonderful fireworks displays! Be sure to stop by and make one of your own to take home. Chalk It Up // August 22 We’ll have a large supply of sidewalk chalk on hand, so stop by and help us decorate Merriam Marketplace with your unique works of art! Family Food Fear Factor // September 5 Sample food items from the market, some you will like and some you may choose not to try. Delicious fruits and vegetables may or may not be altered. Are you brave enough? Paint Your Own Mini Pumpkin // September 26 Let’s end the 2020 season by painting your very own mini pumpkin to display at your house – just in time for Halloween!

Turkey Creek 5K Fun Run // May 16 // 8 a.m. Join us to run or walk the Turkey Creek 5K. Kids, if that’s too far for you, be sure to compete in our 50-yard dash youth sprint. When you’re done, stop by the market for some great, healthy produce after all your hard work! Visit Merriam.org/TCF for more information, including fees.

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TIM MURPHY

ART GALLERY Upcoming Exhibits In its 24th 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. Exhibits can be viewed online at merriam.org/artgallery.

MUKHARJI

THOMPSON

WALSH

JUNE – AUGUST

“Wall of Fame” The Tim Murphy Art Gallery tradition will continue at the Merriam Community Center.

The opening exhibit will feature artists from the past 24 years of exhibitions at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery.

Merriam Community Center Hours 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday* 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday *Saturday hours extend until 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

2021 Call for Artists // Application deadline: July 13 The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is accepting applications for its 2021 monthly art gallery shows. We're excited to offer our first full season at the Merriam Community Center. Interested artists may submit five digitals of their work. All exhibited paintings and photographs must be matted and framed unless a wrap-aroundcanvas technique is utilized. Any works accepted in the Heartland Artist Exhibition are not eligible. Considered media includes photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. At least 90% of the show's work must be for sale. For more information, contact Ingrid Berg at iberg@merriam.org or 913-322-5550. Find applications online at merriam.org/artgallery. 20 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2020


COMMUNITY CENTER ................................................................

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.

CLOSED

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The Irene B. French Community Center will close all programs on May 15 at 5 p.m. to prepare for the Merriam Community Center. Join us for a flag lowering ceremony on May 31. See page 6 for details. Parks and Recreation staff is excited to welcome the public into the new Merriam Community Center in June.

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

Open Gym

Open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Schedules are available at merriam.org/opengym or by calling 913-322-5550.

Parks & Rec // IBFCC

IRENE B. FRENCH

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 Cole Surber, Aquatic Supervisor Ingrid Berg, Recreation Coordinator Lisa Naughton, Administrative Coordinator Liza Thalken, Fitness Coordinator Chris Parnacott, Aquatic Coordinator Nicole Ritter, Customer Service Representative Ashley Mullins, Program Assistant Vacant, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Vacant, Farmers’ Market Asst. Coord.

Facility Supervisors

Diane • Joe • Pam • Holly Hannah • Mandy • Dawn

Community Center Closures

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. Cancellation Hotline: 913-322-5591

Connect

facebook.com/merriamparks

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. Daily fee $3 // person

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Irene B. French Community Center Policies

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 aslocum@merriam.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.

Register Early!

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.

Scholarships

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

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. 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.

...................................................................................... 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.

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WARDS

Kyle Cooper Staci Chivetta LaVera Howard Kathy Stull

AT-LARGE

Christopher Leitch Katie Leary Billy Croan Grant Getzlow, youth

Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation

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 Parks, Recreation, and 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. Recent programs include an annual donation from the Heartland Artist Exhibition to the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department permanent collection; 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. Individuals or groups wanting to make a contribution in honor or memory of a loved one should contact Anna Slocum by email at aslocum@merriam.org or call 913-322-5550 for more information. BOARD MEMBERS

Susan Hayden, President Carol Eubank, Secretary Nancy Hupp, Treasurer Lanny Bachtle Jane Doerflinger Frank Dover Lori Hanson LaVera Howard Kathy Rowe


Parks & Rec // Dolphins

MERRIAM

DOLPHINS REGISTRATION ........................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT April 6 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center ...........................................................................................................................................................

Register by May 1 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 27 at 7 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center.

D E L E C N CA

Pre-Competitive Swim

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.

Competitive Swim

This team is designed for high-level swimmers who are able to swim 50 yards without stopping and know all four strokes.

TEAM

CLASS #

FEE

EARLY BIRD

MIN/ MAX

Pre-Competitive Swim & Dive Team

210113S1

$90

$80

5/100

Competitive Swim & Dive Team

210113S2

$90

$80

5/100

Additional Children (same family)

210113S4

$85

$75

PRACTICE SCHEDULE Monday–Friday from June 1 – July 14 SWIM 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.

Dolphin Fund Scholarships

For information on swim team scholarship assistance, contact Anna Slocum at 913-322-5550 or aslocum@merriam.org. MEET SCHEDULES

DIVE PRACTICE TIME

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.

PRE-COMPETITIVE SWIM

COMPETITIVE SWIM

DIVE

Saturdays Warm Up 8 a.m.

Thursdays Warm Up 5:30 p.m.

Tuesdays Warm Up 5:30 p.m.

June 6 @ Prairie Village June 13 @ Overland Park June 20 @ Olathe June 27 @ Fairway

June 11 @ Fairway June 18 @ Lenexa June 25 @ Prairie Village July 2 @ Merriam July 9 @ Olathe

June 9 @ Leawood June 16 @ Overland Park June 23 @ Merriam June 30 @ Lenexa July 7 @ Merriam

All City @ Overland Park July 15 (Wednesday)

All City @ Shawnee July 17: 7&U, 9&U, 11&U

• Warm up at 7 a.m. • Meet starts at 8:15 a.m. • Rain date: July 16

• Warm up at 4 p.m. • Meet starts at 5 p.m.

July 18: 13&U, 15&U, 18&U • Warm up at 7 a.m. • Meet starts at 8 a.m. • Rain date: July 19

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Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 6 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center through May 15. Programs at the Merriam Community Center will begin in June.

OGR AMS R P D N A ES LL CL A SS Mondays // 6–7 p.m. // Instructor:A Wood D UNTIL E L E C N A ARE C May 4 – 11 // #210902A1 // $19 NOTICE FURTHER

Youth Martial Arts

June 8 – 22 // #204101M0 // $29 July 27 – Aug. 24 // Class #204101M1 // $49

Learn traditional martial arts techniques in a family-friendly environment with an emphasis on awareness-based, self-defense, and anti-bullying. Improve on discipline, focus, and self-confidence while strengthening the body and mind.

Ages 6–12

Min/Max: 1/12

Kids Ceramic Camp Saturdays, June 13 & 20 // 1–3 p.m. // #204106C0 // $50 // Instructors: Matt and Ashley

Enjoy this two-day camp as we go over all aspects of hand-building with clay. Be prepared to come home with wonderful sculpture art! All supplies included. June 13 – Monsters and Fairy/Gnome Houses Learn about pinch pots and scoring and slipping clay together as we make cute little monsters and tiny garden houses to attract gnomes and fairies! June 20 – Glazing our Masterpieces We’ll paint and glaze our art pieces from last week. Kids will learn about the firing process with the kiln and how glaze works. Stop by the community center on June 27 to pick up your masterpieces!

Ages 6–12

Min/Max: 4/15

Aiki Kids Child-Parent Fundamentals

Tuesdays, June 9–23 // 4:30–5:30 p.m. // 204102M2 // $10 // Instructor: Patchen Tuesdays, July 7–Aug. 18 // 4:30–5:30 p.m. // 204102M3 // $20

Your child will learn basic stretching, rolling, ki-aikido self-defense techniques, and ki-meditation techniques. Parent participation is encouraged but not required. This class is designed to strengthen bodies and relationships through sweat, smiles, and laughter.

Ages 6–12

Min/Max: 2/8

Preschool Indoor Playground (PIP) Tuesdays // 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Too warm to play outside at the park? Come in and ride and slide with us. Drive, pull, or push your favorite Little Tykes® vehicles or make believe in the kitchen, with a carpenter bench, or work with all your favorite garden tools. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time. $2 // child

Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits.

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All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center through May 15, unless noted. Programs at the Merriam Community Center will begin in June.

Essential Oils Basics Make and Take Tuesdays, June 9, July 7, Aug. 4 // 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of using the most common 10 essential oils for all ages. Make three essential rollerball blends to take home. Essential oils can support all areas of life at any age – from mood, digestion, sleep, pain, immunity, and more. Essential oils are a safe, effective, and inexpensive way to support your whole family's health.

June #209301EO // July #209301E1 // Aug. #209301E2 $5 // Ages 13+ // 3/15 min/max Instructor: Blakely Page, RDN and oils expert

What’s Cluckin' in the Hen House

Saturday, April 18 // 9–11 a.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive

Parks & Rec // Youth & Adult Classes

Adult Classes & Activities

Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local MS A your G Rfor O R ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues P D N A S E Sgrocery L A S test girls, and more. We'll store L C taste N T I Lversus Ueggs A Leven D E L E C N homegrown. RegistrationA required. RE CA ICE $10 // Ages 17+ // 5/15 min/maxF//U#220502B4 RTHER

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Instructor: Fisher

Pickleball: $1 Drop-in Play Mondays, 4–6:30 p.m.

Part tennis, part badminton, part pingpong, all fun! This easy to learn, eye-hand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity. With all equipment provided, the only thing you need is a partner and a fun attitude!

Yoga Unlimited May 4 – 15 // 220803A9 // $50 June 8 – 29 // 207106Y8 // $75 July 6 – Aug. 23 // 207106Y9 // $175

Practice every day with yoga unlimited! See all available classes on pages 27 and 29.

Teach a Class! Are you talented at tabata? Maybe you're a meal prep master? Or, are you an ace at alliteration? Whatever your passion is, consider turning it into a class at the new community center. Call 913-322-5550 or email Renee Nagle at rnagle@merriam.org to discuss your idea for a new program. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // 25


Parks & Rec // Adult Classes REGISTRATION ...................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 6 ......................................................................................................................................................................

FITNESS .......................................................

Belly Dance–Beginning

OTHER CLASSES ........................................

Aikido Yoshinkai 1 Learn basic belly dance techniques while building New and beginning D students. Loosely translated, L E"the E C N A flexibility and stamina. No experience required. Wear Aikido means way of harmony with nature or C S ARE E S S A L E C C comfortable clothing; bare feet or dance slippers. universal energy." Aikido is a way of studying harmony I ALL R NOT E H T R U F through physical movements. Although a self-defense Instructor: Field UNTIL technique, Aikido focuses on positive interactions with Belly Dance–Intermediate/Advanced others. Instructor: Durán (2 Dan) 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: Field

YOGA .......................................................... Yoga mats and props are provided.

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

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

Iyengar Yoga Express

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

Iyengar Yoga–Level 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

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

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

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Aikido Yoshinkai 2

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: Shihan Chambers (6th Dan)/Durán (2nd Dan)

Aikido Yoshinkai Mixed Level

We're fortunate to have one of the most senior Aikido instructors in the Midwest leading this class. Classes are structured so beginners or experienced martial artists will all have a fulfilling experience. Aikido techniques use the attacker’s energy against them and require very little strength to perform, which makes this an effective martial art for everyone. Instructor: Shihan Chambers (6th Dan)

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

Simplified Tai Chi

Relieve stress, improve focus and balance while learning the simplified 24 tai chi set. Instructor: Wood


CLASS #

AGE

Belly Dance–Beginner

220807B1 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

207201B0 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

207201B1 16+

M

Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 220807B3 16+ Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 207202B2 16+ Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 207202B3 16+ Gentle Iyengar Yoga

220803A3 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

207105G0 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

207105G1 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

220803B3 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

207105G2 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

207105G3 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

220803B1 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

207104Y6 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

207104Y7 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

220803A1 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

207101Y0

16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

207101Y1

16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

220803A5 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

207102Y2 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

207102Y3 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

220803A7 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

207103Y4

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

207103Y5 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

220904B5 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

209103A0 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

209103A1 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 2

220904B7 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 2 Aikido Yoshinkai 2 Aikido Yoshinkai Mix

16+

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209104A2 16+

209104A3 16+

220904C1 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai Mix

209105A4 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai Mix

209105A5 16+

Intro to Ki Society

220904T1 16+

Intro to Ki Society

209101K0 16+

Intro to Ki Society

209101K1 16+

The Ki Society

220904T3 16+

The Ki Society

209102K3 16+

The Ki Society

209102K4 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

220903T6 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

209106T0 16+

Simplified Tai Chi 209106T1 16+ *Meets 5-6:20 p.m. on Thursdays

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DROP MIN/ IN MAX

DATES

FEE

7–8 p.m.

May 5–May 12

$18

$10

3/10

7–8 p.m.

June 9–June 23

$27

$10

3/10

7–8 p.m.

July 7–Aug. 18

$63

$10

3/10

8–9 p.m.

May 5–May 12

$20

$12

3/10

8–9 p.m.

June 9–June 23

$30

$12

3/10

8–9 p.m.

July 7–Aug. 18

$70

$12

3/10

6–7:25 p.m.

May 4–May 11

$20

$15

3/11

6–7:25 p.m.

June 8–June 22

$30

$15

3/11

6–7:25 p.m.

July 6–Aug. 17

$70

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

May 7–May 14

$20

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

June 11–June 25

$30

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

July 9–Aug. 20

$70

$15

3/11

12–12:45 p.m.

May 5–May 14

$16

$6

3/11

12–12:45 p.m.

June 9–June 25

$24

$6

3/11

12–12:45 p.m.

July 7–Aug. 20

$56

$6

3/11

6–7:30 p.m.

May 6–May 13

$16

$12

3/11

6–7:30 p.m.

June 10–June 24

$24

$12

3/11

6–7:30 p.m.

July 8–Aug. 19

$56

$12

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

May 5–May 12

$20

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

June 9–June 23

$30

$15

3/11

9–10:25 a.m.

July 7–Aug. 18

$70

$15

3/11

7:30–8:55 p.m. May 4–May 11

$20

$15

3/11

7:30–8:55 p.m. June 8–June 29

$30

$15

3/11

7:30–8:55 p.m. July 6–Aug. 17

$70

$15

3/11

6:30–8 p.m.

May 7–May 14

$12

$10

3/10

6:30–8 p.m.

June 11–June 25

$18

$10

3/10

6:30–8 p.m.

July 9–Aug. 20

$42

$10

3/10

9:30–11 a.m.

May 2–May 9

$12

$10

3/10

June 13–June 27

$18

$10

July 11–Aug. 22

$42

$10

3/10

$10

3/10

6:30–8 p.m.

June 8–June 22

$18

$10

3/10

6:30–8 p.m.

July 6–Aug. 17

$42

$10

3/10

5:30–7 p.m.*

May 5–May 14

$10

$7

1/12

5:30–7 p.m.*

June 9–June 25

$15

$7

1/12

5:30–7 p.m.*

July 7–Aug. 20

$35

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

May 5–May 14

$10

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

June 9–June 25

$15

$7

1/12

7–8:30 p.m.

July 7–Aug. 20

$35

$7

1/12

7–8 p.m.

May 4–May 11

$19

$10

1/6

7–8 p.m.

June 8–June 22

$29

$10

1/6

7–8 p.m.

July 27–Aug. 24

$59

$10

1/6

9:30–11 a.m. 9:30–11 a.m. 6:30–8 p.m.

May 4–May 11

$12

Parks & Rec // Adult Classes

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Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs & Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center through May 15. Programs at the Merriam Community Center will begin in June.

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. This program will continue to be provided at the Irene B. French Community Center until June 3. The program will move to the Merriam Community Center beginning June 4.

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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.

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“Boomer Buzz”

Bimonthly Newsletter Get 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.

BINGO Second Thursdays: 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 May 14: Mother's Day June 11: BBQ* July 9: Celebrate America Aug. 13: Watermelon Let’s all shout “BINGO!” Join our community on the second Thursday of each month for a fun-filled afternoon! Snacks and beverages are provided. Prizes include gift cards O and R AMS Gconsumables.

S AND PR E S S A L C IL *BBQ A L L BINGO LED UNT E C N A C A R EJune 11 // Noon–3 I C E // $4 // #230201S3 Thursday, N O Tp.m. FURTHER

We’ll be chillin’ and grillin’ at the new Merriam Community Center for Barbeque BINGO! We provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages, you contribute side dishes (potato salad, baked beans, chips, veggies and dip, etc.). You get to eat your fill and play BINGO! Preregistration required by Tuesday, June 9. Call 913-322-5550 to register.

Finding Your Roots-Genealogy Basics Tuesday, May 5 // 10–11:30 a.m. // Free Like branches on a tree, families grow in all different directions, but their roots remain the same. If you're wondering where in the world your family is from, this workshop is for you! The Johnson County Genealogical Society will help you start exploring your family history and keep you organized during your search. Starter kit included. Refreshments will be served. No preregistration required, but sign up is suggested. Class #230203A1

Silver Screen Matinée Wednesdays // 1 p.m.

Gather with friends and enjoy 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. Free popcorn is provided the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Movies subject to change.

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................................................................................................................................................................. Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 6 .................................................................................................................................................................

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)

Pickleball

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. $3 donation suggested. Registration not required.

Pickleball is so popular because any age, gender, and athletic ability can play. It has a unique quality where both friendship and activity are on the court together. It's fun, easy to learn, and uses little equipment. The game combines pingpong, tennis, and badminton. Come try it, you’ll like it. Equipment available.

Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs

REGISTRATION

Chair One

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. Instructor: McMillian and Durán, CIYT

Chair Two

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

CLASS

AFEP Chair One Chair One Chair One Chair Two Chair Two Chair Two Pickleball Wii® Bowling Wii® Bowling Wii® Bowling

CLASS #

AGES

No Registration 50+

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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!

SA TIME

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. 11–11:45 a.m. 11–11:45 a.m. 4–6:30 p.m. 10–11:30 a.m. 10–11:30 a.m. 10–11:30 a.m.

DATES*

ongoing May 6–May 15 June 10–June 26 July 8–Aug. 21 May 5–May 14 June 9–June 25 July 7–Aug. 20 ongoing April 17–May 22 June 12–July 17* July 31–Sept. 4

FEE

– $14 $21 $49 $14 $21 $49 – $3 $3 $3

DROP MIN/ IN MAX

$3 $5 $5 $5 $5 $5 $5 $1 – – –

– 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 – 6/16 6/16 6/16

*No Class July 3

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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're 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 a 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. ▶ 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.

▶ Stopping – move off the trail and beware of others approaching from behind.

▶ 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 2020

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Brown Memorial Park

5040 BOOKER DRIVE

Campbell Park

9674 W. 61ST ST.

Chatlain Park

6300 CARTER AVE.

Merriam Historic Plaza

6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD

Merriam Marketplace

5740 MERRIAM DRIVE

Quail Creek Park

7024 GRANDVIEW AVE.

Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS

Waterfall Park

5191 MERRIAM DRIVE

Werner Park

5750 MERRIAM DRIVE

Antioch Park

6501 ANTIOCH ROAD

Merriam Parks & Trail Map W 47 ST

CITY PARK TRAIL HEAD LOCATIONS ANTIOCH RD

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W 51ST ST

Waterfall Park Merriam Marketplace Campbell Park Chatlain Park 75th St.

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BASKETBALL COURT

PICKLEBALL COURT

TENNIS COURTS

RESTROOM

PICNIC TABLES

PICNIC SHELTER

PLAYGROUND

WALKING PATH

PAVED PARKING

GRILLS

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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.

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Daily park hours are from sunrise to sunset

Parks & Rec // Merriam Parks

MERRIAM PARKS

Distances between locations in miles

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CHATLAIN

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

POCKET PARK

EDELWEISS

75TH ST.

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

LOWELL AVE

CARTER AVE

SWITZER RD

SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY

W 67TH ST

WATERFALL

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ANTIOCH RD

WERNER CAMPBELL CHATLAIN BUTTERFLY GARDEN POCKET PARK W 75TH ST

EDELWEISS 75TH ST.

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CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS 9001 W. 62ND ST. MERRIAM, KS 66202-2815

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Spring Fling Recycling Event // 8–11 a.m. // Former Kmart Parking Lot CANCELED City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Turkey Creek 5K // 8–10 a.m. // IBFCC RESCHEDULED: OCT. 3 Turkey Creek Festival // 10 a.m.–4 p.m. // Antioch Park CANCELED Merriam Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season // 7 a.m.–1 p.m. // MMP Memorial Day: City Hall and IBFCC Closed Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC

June

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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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // MCC Flags 4 Freedom // MMP

July

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Flags 4 Freedom // MMP Independence Day Observed: City Hall Closed Independence Day: MCC Closed Free Patriotic Concert // 9:30–11 a.m. and 1 p.m. // MMP City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Party in YOUR Park // 6:30–8:30 p.m. // Campbell Park City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // MCC

4 8 10 24 25

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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // MCC

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For more information about the events listed above, please call City Hall at 913-322-5500 or visit merriam.org.

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Merriam Highlights & Recreation, Summer 2020  

Merriam Highlights is published three times per year and is mailed to all Merriam residents and businesses. Content includes articles and in...

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