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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.


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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 cityofmerriam@merriam.org




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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings Merriam Residents,

Happy Holidays! This is my favorite time of the year – a time to celebrate with our friends and families and, this year, ring in a new decade. We have many reasons to celebrate Merriam in 2019 – from winning a national award for our Highlights magazine (two years in a row!) to receiving state awards for our Community & Visitor Guide magazine and our citywide grant programs. Our Public Works Department also received an engineering excellence award. Next year, we’re asking Merriam voters to determine whether we should renew a ¼-cent special sales tax. This sales tax can only be used to pay for street and stormwater projects in our city and is an important part of the revenue we use to keep our infrastructure strong, our streets clear, and our residents safe. I urge you to vote on this issue when you receive the mail-in ballot in January. You can read more about this special sales tax and how it affects you on page 6. The Merriam Community Center is on track to be completed in summer 2020. This building was designed as a space to bring our community together, and I look forward to exploring it with you once it opens. As the new year approaches, I ask you to think about how you can become more involved in our Just Right city – from attending City Council and public meetings to participating in our free, City-sponsored events. We want you to feel right at home in Merriam! Your Mayor,




Ken Sissom

City offices will close in observation of holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020; and Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. In each case, offices will reopen at 8 a.m. the following weekday. Closing information the Irene French // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION for // WINTER 2019 + B. SPRING 2020 Community Center is on page 18.


2020 City Budget Snapshot




4 // Streets Sales Tax Renewal 6 // New Community Center 8 // Public Works 9 // Home Improvement Grants 10 // City Services 12 // Public Safety 15 // Events 16 // Art Gallery 19 // Job Openings 22 // Fitness Center







2019 GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES Administration and Overhead

14% 19%






Parks and Recreation Public Works


Police and Court


Capital Improvement/Equipment

24 // Youth 25 // Adult 28 // 50+

Learn more at merriam.org/finance.


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New Finance Director The City of Merriam’s new finance director, Donna Oliver, started in late October.

Oliver is responsible for managing the City’s budget and financial reporting. Her department also oversees investments, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.

“I’m so excited to join Team Merriam,” Oliver said. “I’m very impressed with all the activity in the City - from art to economic development, a new community center, and numerous trails, it’s obvious that Merriam is on the move.”

Oliver comes from Riverside, Missouri, where she served as its finance director since 2006. She started her career in municipal finance about 25 years ago as a staff accountant in Overland Park Merriam’s former finance director, Cindy Ehart, retired in September after 15 years of service with the City.

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Public Meetings | 7 p.m. at City Hall Learn more about the ¼-cent special tax: ▶ November 12, 2019 ▶ December 10, 2019 ▶ January 9, 2020

¼-Cent Special Sales Tax Renewal Vote in January 2020

In January, Merriam voters will be asked to consider renewing a ¼-cent special sales. The tax exclusively funds streets and stormwater projects in Merriam. The City Council on Oct. 28 approved a resolution for Merriam voters to decide whether to renew the special sales tax through a mail-in ballot. The City’s existing ¼-cent sales tax that funds capital improvement projects expires Dec. 31, 2020. The sales tax can only be used to maintain Merriam’s infrastructure such as reconstructing residential streets, repairing and replacing bridges, and improving drainage across the City. Voters first approved a special sales tax to pay for these items in 2000, and it’s been renewed twice since.

Maintaining Our Community is The Merriam Way

If voters approve the ¼-cent sales tax in January 2020, more than $20 million in planned projects are eligible for funding between 2021 and 2030. These projects include Merriam Drive south of Johnson Drive, Carter Ave., and nearly 400 sections of storm drain rated poor to fair. The City will also use these funds to continue maintaining roads and residential streetlights, sidewalks, and small and large drainage projects across Merriam. Projects will be prioritized during the budget process each year. BEFORE

History of This Special Sales Tax 2000

66.7% of voters approve a 5-year, 1/8 -cent sales tax for street improvements. 58.2% of voters approve a 5-year, 1/8 -cent sales tax for downtown improvements.


69.1% of voters approve a 5-year, ¼-cent sales tax for street projects.


75.23% of voters approve a 10-year, ¼-cent sales tax for streets, bridges, drainage, and stormwater. Over the past 20 years, this special tax has collected $28.8 million.

Street and Stormwater Projects Since 2011, the City’s completed 22 projects, with eight more scheduled or underway.


These projects include improving Johnson Drive, Antioch Road, and Farley Ave. with new roads, sidewalks, and streetlights. The City also completed Shawnee Creek and Meyer Creek drainage projects. View the project map and pictures at merriam.org/maintainingmerriam.

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Farley Ave.

54th St. Drainage Improvements

Projected Street and Stormwater Funding, 2011–2020 This special sales tax has allowed the City to bring in an additional $20.3 million for projects through other sources, primarily county, state, and federal grants.

Sales tax paid by Merriam residents





Total sales tax collected

Things to Know

▶ The special sales tax can only be used to fund street, bridge, and drainage improvement projects in Merriam.

Merriam // Maintaining Merriam


Funding from other sources (grants, TIF, interest, etc.)


▶ A "yes" vote means your overall sales-tax rate would stay the same at 9.475%, and the ¼-cent special sales tax would continue through Dec. 31, 2030.

▶ The ¼-cent special sales tax has been in ▶ For every sales tax dollar we collect in Merriam, about effect in Merriam for the past 20 years $0.80 comes from people outside our community. This and was most recently renewed in 2010 means since 2011, Merriam residents paid only about by 75% of voters. The ballot language is $3.5 million of the projected $17.3 million in revenue the same language from 2010. generated by this sales tax.

Voter Information and Important Dates

Visit jocoelection.org/registration or ksvotes.org to register to vote.

▶ Dec. 30, 2019: Last day to register to receive ballot automatically ▶ Jan. 7, 2020: Last day to register to vote (you must request a ballot). ▶ Jan. 8, 2020: Ballots mailed to all registered voters ▶ Jan. 28, 2020: Ballots due by 12 p.m.

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Merriam Community Center Taking Shape The City of Merriam in September held a Topping Out Ceremony for the Merriam Community Center. Construction crews placed the last steel beam – completing the community center’s frame. The ceremony also recognized the tradespeople working on the building.

Construction crews are currently working on the indoor and outdoor pools and putting on the finishing touches of the parking structure. The Merriam Community Center should be enclosed by winter when work can begin on the building’s interior.

Construction on the $36.6 million community center and parking structure began last fall. It's scheduled to open in summer 2020. We're now hiring a variety of part-time employment opportunities for the new community center. See page 19 for more information.

Gymnasium and elevated track

Rendering of the entrance to the community rooms and art gallery

Lower level parking entrance

We Are Here Team Selection

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Continue to find updates on the Merriam Community Center at merriam.org/buildingcommunity. Stay connected with us on the City’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor pages. 6 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2019 + SPRING 2020



Merriam // Construction Updates

Above: Entrance rendering of the Merriam Community Center Below: Indoor pool rendering; slides installed

Outdoor pool construction

Bird’s Eye View from Southeast

5701 Update In August, the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee made a final recommendation to the Merriam City Council about best uses for the site of the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC).

The Committee recommended the City keep as much of the existing 1911 building as structurally possible and then tear down the rest of the IBFCC to make room for an amphitheater/stage, playgrounds, Bird's-eye view of a concept for 5701 Merriam Drive and green space.



looking northwest

While the City Council voted to accept the final report and recognized the Committee’s hard work, it said further study needs to be done before deciding on how to move forward. In early 2020, the City will hire a structural engineer to do a more in-depth evaluation of the 1911 portion of the building. Once that study is complete, the City Council will resume conversations about this project. A decision about what to do with the property needs to be made by the time the City vacates the building in summer 2020 when the new community center opens. You can view the final report at merriam.org/5701.

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Jim MacDonald Promoted to Public Works Director The City of Merriam promoted Public Works Superintendent Jim MacDonald to public works director in September. He had served as the interim director since April. MacDonald started his career in Merriam in 1992, when the City hired him as a fleet mechanic. He worked his way up and was promoted to superintendent in 2010.

“Merriam is a great community that I have served for 27 years,” MacDonald said. “I look forward to leading this talented group and continue providing our residents with the same high-quality service they’ve grown accustomed to knowing." MacDonald will be in charge of maintaining, repairing, and improving the City’s roads, streetlights, trails, and parks.

Q+A with Merriam Staff

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Title: Department:

Jim MacDonald Director Public Works ...................................................................................................................................... What do you do for the Public Works Department? I handle the day to day operations of our department. I schedule maintenance and repairs to the City’s infrastructure: roads, curbs, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, trails, and parks. I also field many calls from residents and business owners about any issues they may have. What type of work do your crews do across our city? Our department performs asphalt patching and curb and sidewalk replacement. We mow and maintain about 90 acres of parks and right of way properties. We maintain 21 traffic signal locations and 2,000 streetlights. During the summer, we install and water 212 hanging flower baskets throughout the City. I can’t forget snow removal. I personally believe we have the best snow removal crew in the metro area.

Why is Public Works so important? The roads you drive on, the sidewalks you walk on, and the parks you visit in our City are all maintained by Public Works. It's vital to have Public Works so people can go about their daily lives seamlessly. We’re considered first responders as we are responsible for emergency management and protecting, operating, and maintaining critical infrastructure throughout the City. What have been some of the larger Public Works projects you’ve seen within the last 10 years? We’ve seen improvements to Johnson Drive, Farley St., and Antioch Road with new curbs, sidewalks, streetlights, and bridge improvements. We also developed better drainage and infrastructure in our neighborhoods. These projects enhance property values


and, more importantly, improve safety for those who live in Merriam and who travel on our roads. How has Merriam changed over the years? I’ve seen many changes with new business coming into Merriam, along with a few new residential areas. I’ve seen all of our parks updated with new playground equipment, along with having a great trail system that connects you to many of our parks. Merriam has always had the small-town feel, and that’s what I believe makes us different.

The City Council approved keeping Merriam’s Exterior Home Improvement Grant program in 2020. The City is again helping fund homeowners' repairs and renovations by investing $50,000 in grants. In 2020, residents only need to put in $2,500 to receive a 20% reimbursement. So far this year, the City of Merriam has funded nearly $48,000 in grants to 28 Merriam property owners who invested a combined $335,000 in projects. The Community Development Department will start accepting applications on Jan. 2. Grant money will be available until all money is allocated. Visit merriam.org/ exteriorgrant for more information or contact David Easley at 913-322-5526 or deasley@merriam.org. New Deck

New Driveway

Homeowner Investment

$2,500 $8,000 $12,500+


$500 $1,600 $2,500

Eligible Improvements:

▶ Painting ▶ Siding ▶ Fence ▶ Deck ▶ Shed ▶ Roof ▶ Gutters ▶ Awnings ▶ Solar panels ▶ House additions ▶ Landscaping ▶ Irrigation system ▶ Tree removal ▶ Door/window replacement ▶ In-ground fire pit or grill ▶ Removal/repair pool ▶ New/repair driveway

Merriam // Home Improvement Grant

Home Improvement Grants a Continuing Success

Ineligible Improvements:

New Siding

▶ Masonry and foundation repair ▶ Lawn care or maintenance ▶ Play equipment ▶ New pool ▶ Patio furniture

Applications Open Jan. 2

Visit merriam.org/exteriorgrant for more information.

This program earned an award for innovation from the League of Kansas Municipalities.

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Jan 1: Pet Registration Due

Pets over the age of six months must be licensed in the City. Residents are allowed a maximum of three dogs and three cats per household. Registering your pets will help identify them if they become lost.











*Multi-year rabies vaccination required.

You can register your pets online at merriam.org/pets, in person at City Hall, or by mail. Owners must show proof of a valid rabies vaccination. There’s a $2 per month late-fee penalty for those who don’t renew their pet’s license by Jan. 15.

Jan. 1: Occupation Licenses Due

You need to obtain an occupation license prior to conducting business within Merriam city limits. You can apply for a new license or renew a license online at merriam.org, by mail, or in person at Merriam City Hall through the Community Development Department. *Some home-based businesses require a permit.

Jan. 6–10: Free Holiday Tree Disposal

The City will collect your trees curbside. Find your pickup day on the map at merriam.org/treelimbs. FEBRUARY

Feb. 1: Franchise Fee Rebate Program Applications Open Merriam residents with low-to-moderate income can apply for a franchise fee rebate from the City starting Feb. 1. Utility companies routinely collect franchise fees from its customers throughout the year. This program provides Merriam families whose income fall within the limits established by HUD the opportunity to apply for franchise fee refunds paid on electric, gas, and phone bills in 2019. Contact the Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 to request an application. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2020.


March 23–27: Spring Tree Limb Pickup

Back by popular demand, the City of Merriam will offer free curbside tree limb pickup. Find details at merriam.org/treelimbs. APRIL

April 20–24: Spring Large-Item Pickup

Residents disposing of large items such as furniture, appliances, carpets/ rugs, and miscellaneous items should place items by the curb before 7 a.m. on their scheduled pickup day. The City provides this service for free. Find more information at merriam.org/largeitem. MAY

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

Each year, the City of Merriam invites residents to recycle electronics, eye glasses, bikes, latex paint, and paper documents for shredding. Learn more at merriam.org/recyclingevent. 10 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2019 + SPRING 2020

Merriam // City Updates

Comprehensive Plan Update The Comprehensive Plan 2040 is underway. This document directs the City’s vision, goals, objectives, and policies for development over the next 20 years and beyond. The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee is gathering statistics and background data on Merriam’s economy, population, housing, employment, and other information.

Committee members want your input into the plan’s creation. So far, they’ve reached out to the public at the Farmers’ Market and Merriam Drive Live. The public response during both events was excellent. If you didn’t get the opportunity to talk to us at those events, you’ll have plenty of opportunities in the coming months. Find updates, committee meeting summaries, and future public outreach events on the Comprehensive Plan’s website merriam2040.org.

Count Me in JoCo for the 2020 Census $675 billion – that’s how much money the federal government will distribute to communities across the country over the next 10 years. But, how much we get depends on data the U.S. Census Bureau collects from you next year during the 2020 Census. The census counts all persons living in the United States, and it’s conducted every 10 years by the federal government. Kansas has received $6 billion each year based on data collected in the 2010 census. Look for a postcard in the mail with instructions for completing the census around mid-March. You can fill out the 10-question census by mail, online, or by calling the U.S. Census Bureau. The census is strictly confidential. Data collected will help pay for programs that help you and your neighbors, such as taking care of your roads, educating our kids, or funding Medicare. Find more information at countmeinjoco.org.

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Darren McLaughlin Named Merriam Police Chief A 30-year veteran with the Merriam police department, Darren McLaughlin was named the new Chief of Police in September.

Merriam Police Officer Receives Life Saving Award Master Police Officer (MPO) Matthew Hirsch received a Life Saving Award in September for his quick actions in helping save a 61-year-old Merriam woman.

MPO Hirsch performed CPR on the woman for several minutes when her heart stopped beating. The woman survived thanks to his efforts and those of the Overland Park Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act, who arrived shortly after to help during the medical call.

MPO Hirsch has served with the Merriam Police Department since 2016. In 2017, he received Merriam’s Police Officer of the Year Award. His peers nominated him for the award for his commitment to teamwork, community service, community policing, and promoting the department’s core values of courage, sacrifice, and compassion.

Get to know your police officers! March 11 9–10:30 a.m. McDonald's

In January, doctors told Chief McLaughlin he had cancer. After months of chemo and other cancer treatments, Chief McLaughlin is glad to be back in action. He said he’s ready to serve Merriam residents and lead the 37-member police department. “Becoming chief has been a goal of mine for many years,” Chief McLaughlin said. “My desire to lead this department has only gotten stronger during my illness. I’m so proud of how my coworkers handled themselves this year.”

Chief McLaughlin said his wife, Mindy, and children, Kyle and Grace, helped keep things in perspective for him throughout his cancer treatments. He said he’s grateful for them and is also humbled and appreciative of the City of Merriam and its residents.

Police Department Promotes Two Officers to Corporals Two Merriam master police officers (MPO) were promoted to corporals. Cpls. Wes Waller and Aaron Simmons received their new pins at the Nov. 11 City Council meeting.

Cpl. Simmons Cpl. Waller Cpl. Simmons said he’s excited to continue serving Merriam residents. He started at the Merriam Police Department in 2012 and was promoted to MPO in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.

Cpl. Waller started at the Merriam Police Department in 2005 and was promoted to MPO three years later.

“I’m looking forward to working in this new role at the Merriam Police Department where I can continue to encourage, teach, and lead the officers of this department,” Cpl. Waller said.

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Merriam // Public Safety

Winter Weather Alerts Added to NotifyJoCo You can now opt in to receive winter weather alerts for flash floods, blizzards, ice storms, and winter storms with NotifyJoCo. NotifyJoCo is a free, county-wide mass notification system designed to keep you informed of emergencies – such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms – and certain nonemergency events via phone, text, or email.

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

See Merriam's snow plowing progress at merriam.org/snow.

Severe Winter Weather – Stay Safe and Prepared When extremely cold temperatures are in the forecast, consider staying indoors, keep your phones charged, and utilize these cold weather safety tips: ▶ Prevent frozen pipes: Run water at a trickle and open cabinet doors to prevent pipes from freezing.

▶ Avoid heating with a stove: Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. ▶ Operate generators outside: Don't operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

▶ Wear layers: Several layers of clothing will keep you warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent you from losing body heat. ▶ Watch space heater placement: Place space heaters on a level, hard surface. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away.

▶ Bring pets indoors: If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and access to unfrozen water.

▶ Have an emergency kit: Stay severe-weather ready by making an emergency kit.

If you experience a power outage, report it online at Evergy.com or call 1-888-LIGHT KC (1-888-544-4852).

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Community Spotlight

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Marv Cansler ................................................................

Marv Cansler is the owner of Marv's Barber Shop on Merriam Drive. Born and raised in Wyandotte County, Marv and three of his brothers became barbers. Marv’s clients come from all over the region and as far away as Tonganoxie and Smithville. He has two daughters and seven grandchildren. His wife, Marylyn, is a beautician who works in Shawnee. They don't work together, though, because Marv only cuts gentlemen's hair - with plenty of talk about "cars, guns, or women." How long have you been a barber? I’ve been a barber for 51 years. I’ve worked in this location in Merriam for 41 years. The only time I worked outside Merriam was when I worked in Prairie Village for one year.

How did you become a barber? I used my GI Bill to go to barber college. My older brother was already a barber, and, by the end, four of us brothers all ended up being barbers. Of course, I was the best barber of the four! What do you like about being a barber? I like meeting people. Also, being inside – the weather’s always nice. I get to hear a lot of different stories about different people. But, for the most part, it’s just a fun job. It’s been a good run. I don’t plan to retire anytime soon. Why do your clients keep coming back over the years? Well, I think giving a good haircut and taking care of your business means a lot. I also don’t have an appointment shop. It’s first come, first serve here. It’s also easy to talk to people here – they get pretty well acquainted.

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ME RRI AM ACCOL A DE S Inspire – Create – Innovate Community Awards for Economic Development – League of Kansas Municipalities

Award of Excellence: Highlights & Recreation – City-County Communications and Marketing Association


Analytical Product Contest - Interactive / Dashboard Category: 3rd Place — International Association of Crime Analysts

First Place: In-House Visitors Guide – Tourism Industry Association of Kansas

Visit merriam.org/events or call 913-322-5550 to register.

Mayor's Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 6 // 6:30–8 p.m.

Please bring a canned food item, new toy, or small cash donation for the Johnson County Multi-Service Center. It’s that magical time of year when Mayor Ken Sissom flips a switch, lights glow, and Santa visits Merriam! Join us for this annual tradition of lighting the tree and time with Santa. Plus, enjoy food, live music by Pic and Bow, games, and activities.

Parks & Rec // Events


All events are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 4

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7 // 9–10:30 a.m. Children FREE with paying adult; parents must be in attendance. $5 // adult Early bird until Nov. 30 $7 // adult Dec. 1–5

Breakfast with Santa has become a popular community event in Merriam. The morning is full of holiday fun. Activities include storytime, face painting, a holiday craft, games, pancake breakfast, and one-on-one time with Santa! Registration deadline: Thursday, Dec. 5


Daddy Daughter Dance: A Night in Arendelle Saturday, Feb. 8 // 5:30–8 p.m.

$45 // couple Early bird until Feb. 3 (Additional daughter $10) $50 // couple Feb. 4–7 (Additional daughter $15)

Ages 4–12

If some people are worth melting for and the cold never bothered you anyway, then “Let it go! Let it go!” and join us for our 13th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Come dance the night away in Arendelle with DJ Kirby while enjoying appetizers and desserts. Each couple receives a limo ride and keepsake photo. Preregistered couples will be entered into a drawing to win a limo ride from their home to the party. Please let us know of any food allergies when registering. Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 7

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Brunch with the Bunny Saturday, April 4 // 9–10:30 a.m. $5 // person Early bird until March 30 $6 // person March 31–April 3

Easter eggs, yellow and blue, Easter eggs for me and you. Easter eggs, pretty and funny, but where, oh where, is the Easter Bunny? Well, luckily we’ve found him here in Merriam! Wear your Easter best, bring your basket, and come visit the Easter Bunny. No crowds, just plenty of pancakes from Chris Cakes. Plus, games, a craft, storytime with the Johnson County Library, and an EGG HUNT! Registration deadline: Friday, April 3


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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 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.





JAN. 2 – FEB. 1

FEB. 6 – 29

MARCH 7 – 28


“Northland Artists’ Gallery - On the Road”

“Here, Where We Live”

24th Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition

“Senior’s Spring Fling”

Barbara O’Leary & Associates

Opening reception Saturday, March 7 5–7 p.m.

Senior Arts Council

Featuring artists:

Northland Artist Group

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Join us for the 24th Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition Opening Reception You're invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, March 7 from 5–7 p.m. This show draws artists from all over the United States. Experience some of the finest works of art while enjoying live music and noshing on hors d'oeuvres and beverages. The awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at merriam.org/heartland. Sponsored by the City of Merriam and Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation.

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. 16 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // WINTER 2019 + SPRING 2020

Parks & Rec // Art Gallery

Call for Artists 2021 Monthly Exhibits

Application deadline: July 9

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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-around-canvas technique is utilized. Any works accepted in the Heartland Artist Exhibit are not eligible. Considered media includes photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or 3D gallery space rendering acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. At least 90% of the  looking  north at the new Merriam Community 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.

Expressive and Spontaneous Portraiture

Center opening in 2020.

About Nyle Gordon

Feb. 27 & 28 // 9 a.m.–4 p.m. // $150 // Class #120302L1 This two-day oil portrait workshop is for beginner to advanced painters. Artists will discover loose and expressive ways of approaching portraiture while maintaining a likeness of the subject. Artist Nyle Gordon will begin the day with a demonstration and discussion. The remainder of the day will be spent making rounds instructing individual painters covering the basics of composition, value, color, and edges as it applies to portraiture. Portraits will be produced from both live models and photographic references provided. Questions and discussion are encouraged. Nyle has a casual and an inclusive approach to teaching that puts students at ease. Cost includes 14 hours of professional instruction, breakfast, lunch, and snacks both days. Limited to 10 students. Instructor: Nyle Gordon

Born in Independence, Missouri, Nyle Gordon was profoundly influenced by the people and environment of America's heartland. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Central Missouri, he embarked on a career in art exposing him to many disciplines. In 2004, Nyle left the corporate arena to pursue his first love of painting and returned to live near the family farm. Today, Nyle’s time is divided between studio and plein air painting. Nyle is a representational painter who favors the strong use of shadow in his work. Structure and form are established early in the process and are intrinsic in clarifying a sense of space. There's a quality to Nyle’s work that often elicits an impassioned response in the viewer.

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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 Cole Surber, Aquatic Supervisor Renee Nagle, Recreation Supervisor Lisa Naughton, Administrative Coordinator Liza Thalken, Fitness Coordinator Ingrid Berg, Recreation Coordinator Ashley Mullins, Program Assistant Vacant, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Asst. Coord.

Facility Supervisors

Diane • Joe • Nicole • Pam Holly • Hannah • Mandy

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.

Holidays and Closings

Tues., Dec. 24: Christmas Eve, open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25: Christmas Day, closed Wed., Jan. 1: New Year’s Day, closed Sun., April 12: Easter, closed Cancellation Hotline: 913-322-5591




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

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. 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


Parks and Recreation is updating registration software and must build its database from scratch. Please call 913-322-5550 or stop by the Irene B. French Community Center to update your information with community center staff. Completing this will allow you the convenience of registering online when the new software goes live!

We're Hiring! We're now hiring for the new community center. Positions include:

▶ Facility Attendants ▶ Fitness Attendants ▶ Child Watch Attendants ▶ Head Lifeguards ▶ Lifeguards ▶ Slide Attendants ▶ Farmers’ Market Coordinator

Find more information and apply at merriam.org/jobs.

Parks & Rec // IBFCC

Registration Upgrade

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.

BIRTHDAY PACKAGES! Host your child’s birthday party here!

All packages are for two hours during regular business hours. For more information and availability, call 913-322-5550. PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #1

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.


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.


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.

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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. Call 913-322-5550 or visit merriam.org/parks for more information.

Campbell Room

Hocker Grove

Jenks Gymnasium

Kessler Room

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, basketball court, 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 are not provided.

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


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

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.


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.


Kyle Cooper Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull


Christopher Leitch Katie Leary Billy Crook Grant Getzlow, youth

Parks & Rec // IBFCC

Irene B. French Community Center Policies

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 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

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FITNESS CENTER Located inside the Irene B. French Community Center, the fitness center offers a 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. • Fitness center equipment orientation. • Fitness evaluation by appointment with our fitness specialist. • Updated personal programs. MONTHLY






ADULT (16+)





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DAILY PASS FEE: $5 // Resident

$6 // Non-Resident

*Proof of residency required 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.

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Fitness Center Equipment 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.

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.

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

To participate, all non-members entering the gymnasium must pay a $3 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.

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

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

Parks & Rec // Fitness Center

Open Gym


Be a Regular Fitness Center User and Win a FREE Membership!

• Three-minute step test • One-minute sit-up test • One-minute push-up test • Hamstring flexibility test

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.

Free for Fitness Center Members

Renew your membership online at merriam.org/parks

...................................................... Personal Training Hourly personal training sessions are available with the fitness specialist. $25 // hour Members $50 // hour Non-members


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Call 913-322-5550 to schedule an appointment.

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Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 2 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Martial Arts Mondays // 6–7 p.m. // Instructor: Wood Jan. 6 – Feb. 24 // Class #110902A1 March 9 – April 27 // Class #110902A2

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. $69 // child

Ages 6–12

Min/Max: 1/12

Tri-Star Basketball Sundays, Jan. 19 – Feb. 23 // 1:15–3 p.m.

Team up with the Merriam Optimist Club and learn basic basketball skills. Kids will be instructed on dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and learning the importance of teamwork. See you courtside! $25 // child

Ages 8–10

Min/Max: 8/40

Class #111009D5

Fit-N-Fun Indoor Field Day Wednesday, Feb. 19 // 9–10 a.m.

Need a great way to let your preschoolers get their winter wiggles out? Our Fit-N-Fun Indoor Field Day is just what you’re looking for. Bring your kiddos for a fun filled morning packed with tons of activities, plus, a craft and snack. Just the thing to cure that cabin fever! Preregistration encouraged. $2 // child

Ages 2–5

Min/Max: 1/30

Class #110403A1

Girls on the Run: Merriam Parks & Rec Team Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 3 – May 21 // 5:30–7 p.m.

Grab your running shoes and water bottle and join the fun! This program educates and prepares girls, grades 3–5, for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Learn life lessons through fun, interactive games using a wellresearched curriculum. All girls will run/walk in a non-competitive 5K event Saturday, May 16. Register at gotrkc.org. $165 // child Scholarships are available through Girls on the Run. Contact scholarship@gotrkc.org.

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.


All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center unless otherwise noted. ESSENTIAL OILS: MAKE AND TAKE CLASSES ..............

OTHER ......................................

Winter Wellness Essential Oils

Women’s Self-Defense and Situational Awareness Workshop

Instructor: Blakely Page, registered dietitian and oils expert

Wednesday, Jan. 8 // 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Make five wellness essential oil rollerball blends to help you stay healthy and resilient. You'll learn how essential oils work, the benefits of natural health solutions, and how simple lifestyle changes can have a BIG payoff for your health. If you struggle with digestive issues, pain, chronic disease, inflammation, autoimmune conditions, or just get sick more often than you'd prefer, this class is for you! $5 // Ages 13+ // 3/15 // #120501C1

Wednesday, Feb. 12 // 6–8 p.m. Presented by the Merriam Police Department, the focus of the women’s self-defense class is awareness. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably, ask questions, and take part in self-defense applications.

FREE // Ages 12+ // 6/30 // #140501A1 Instructor: Jason Reynolds, Merriam Police

Mental Health & Mood Essential Oils

Wednesday, Feb. 5 // 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Make five mood-related essential oil rollerball blends to support a positive and resilient mood at all ages. You'll learn how essential oils can affect mood and mental health and how simple lifestyle changes can help support your mood though all stages of life. This class includes oils for stress, low mood, anxious feelings, calming, sleep, and hormone support. If you're tired of being tired and don't feel the emotional resilience for the life you want, this class will offer practical support options for all ages. $5 // Ages 13+ // 3/15 // #120501C2

Outdoor Essential Oils Wednesday, March 4 // 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Make three rollerball blends and one natural bug spray with essential oils to support all of your outdoor fun! You'll learn how to support people of all ages with natural solutions for bites, bugs, burns, and bonks with all the outdoor oils blends needed to keep you outside and having fun. If you want to avoid the harsh chemicals, hormone disruptors, and skin reactions that often occur from standard outdoor products, this class will give you everything you need to get spring off to a great start!

Hanging Basket Workshop

Saturday, April 18 // 8–9 a.m. Merriam Public Works // 6901 Knox St. Merriam's lucky to have beautiful hanging flower baskets along its streets. Now, everyone has the opportunity to make their yard pretty by assembling a smaller version of the basket. All necessary supplies and instruction will be provided. Date is subject to change based on flower availability. Results may vary depending on weather conditions and care. Registration required.

$40 // Ages 16+ // 12/25 // #220502B3 Registration deadline: Friday, April 17 Instructor: Merriam Public Works Employees

Mom and Baby Essential Oils

What’s Cluckin' in the Hen House

$5 // Ages 13+ // 3/15 // #120501C4

$10 // Ages 17+ // 5/15 // #220502B4

$5 // Ages 13+ // 3/15 // #120501C3

Wednesday, April 1 // 6:30–7:30 p.m. Make five essential oil rollerball blends to support all the ups and downs of newborn and new mama life. You'll learn how to support everyday issues that come up with mamas and babies, including oil blends for calming, sleep, hormone support, immunity, teething, and more. All new mamas needs support, compassion, and solutions that work. This class will help you feel empowered in your new role with the tools you need caring for your family naturally. Nursing babies under 9 months welcome!

Parks & Rec // Youth & Adult Classes

Adult Workshops

Saturday, April 18 // 9–11 a.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive Learn about chicken behavior traits, feeding guidelines, local ordinances, coop maintenance and space, health issues for your girls, and more. We'll even taste test grocery store eggs versus home grown. Registration required. Instructor: Fisher

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Parks & Rec // Adult Classes FITNESS ............................... and stability is gained through the

Belly Dance–Beginning

Learn basic belly dance techniques while building flexibility and stamina. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing; bare feet or dance slippers. Instructor: Kali

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.

Belly Dance–Intermediate/ Instructor: Durán, CIYT Advanced Iyengar Yoga–Level 3 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

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,

For students able to do inversions with ease at the wall. Instructor: Durán, CIYT

Yoga Sculpt

This class is a non-stop energetic flow that gets your heart and muscles pumping. It's a fusion of beginning level yoga poses and weights with some cardio for a total body workout. All fitness levels are welcome and more challenging options are provided.

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 samurai-derived martial art, alongside the enlightening practice of guided meditation. Please wear clothing suitable for mild exercise.

Instructor: Radmanesh

Instructor: Patchen

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

The Ki Society

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

New and beginning students. Loosely translated, Aikido means "the way of harmony with nature or universal energy." Aikido is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. Although a self-defense technique, Aikido focuses on positive interactions with others. Instructor: Durán (2nd Dan)

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)


Continue your experience by practicing the five disciplines. These include ki-breathing, kimeditation, 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

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!

Simplified Tai Chi

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

Instructor: Wood

Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 2 ................................................................................................................................................................. CLASS



Belly Dance–Beginner

120807A3 16+

Belly Dance–Beginner

120807A4 16+


Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 120807A5 16+ Belly Dance–Inter/Adv. 120807A6 16+ Gentle Iyengar Yoga

120803F1 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

120803F2 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

120803F3 16+

Gentle Iyengar Yoga

120803F4 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

120803C5 16+

Iyengar Yoga Express

120803C6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

120803R5 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 1

120803R6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

120803F5 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 2

120803F6 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

120803F7 16+

Iyengar Yoga–Level 3

120803F8 16+

Yoga Sculpt

120803S1 16+

Yoga Sculpt

120803S2 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

120902B4 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 1

120902B5 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 2

120902B8 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai 2

120902B9 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai Mix

120902B6 16+

Aikido Yoshinkai Mix

120902B7 16+

Intro to Ki Society

120904A6 16+

Intro to Ki Society

120904A7 16+

The Ki Society

120904A8 16+

The Ki Society

120904A9 16+







Simplified Tai Chi

120903B6 16+

Simplified Tai Chi

120903B7 16+

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Parks & Rec // Adult Classes

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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.

BINGO Second Thursdays: 1:30–3:30 p.m. // $3 Jan. 9: Snowflake Feb. 13: Be My Valentine March 12: St. Patty’s Day April 9: Spring Fling 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 and consumables.

Medicare 101

Tuesday, Jan. 7 and Tuesday, March 3 // 10–11 a.m. // Free Medicare comes in four parts: A, B, C, and D, and each part covers a different aspect of your healthcare. Having trouble deciphering the differences? Then, this is the class for you! In this FREE educational presentation, experts from Humana will walk you through all your options. Refreshments will be served. No preregistration required, but sign up is suggested. Class #130502B1 (Jan. 7) Class #130502B2 (March 3)

Medicare Savings and Low Income Subsidy Program Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Tuesday, April 7 // 10–11 a.m. // Free

In this FREE more detailed educational presentation, experts from Humana show qualification guidelines and where to apply for extra help with monthly Medicare expenses and prescription costs. Refreshments will be served. No preregistration required, but sign up is suggested. Class # 130502C1 (Feb. 4) Class #130502Cw2 (April 7)

AARP Smart Driver Course


Saturday, April 11 // 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $15/AARP Member $20/Non-AARP Member

Silver Screen Matinée

“R” is for reverse, “D” is for drive. Some things don’t change but our reflexes sure do as we mature. Vehicles are also different than when we first started driving. Hone your driving skills with this Smart Driver Course. AARP prefers interested students preregister with the facility and give the instructor a check made out to AARP when class begins. Class #130501G5

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.

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


................................................................................................................................................................. Registration begins CALL ONLINE VISIT 913-322-5550 merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center December 2 .................................................................................................................................................................

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)


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.

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 isn't required.

Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs


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.

Senior Wii® Bowling

Instructor: McMillian and Durán, CIYT

“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!

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


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



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ongoing Jan. 8–Feb. 28 March 11–May 1 Jan. 7–Feb. 27 March 10–April 30 ongoing ongoing Jan. 10–Feb. 14 Feb. 28–April 3 April 17–May 22


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Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive

Merriam Marketplace Downtown Revitalization Project In November 1998, Merriam voters passed a 1/8-cent sales tax to purchase three acres of land. The City of Merriam wanted to use the property to develop a larger farmers’ market for increased customer traffic, provide a venue for events and “unique flavor,” and for the facility to be operational by 2005 and generate $6,400 in revenue. After purchasing the land in 1999, the City chose a design company to create a 36-stall farmers’ market, now known as Merriam Marketplace, with an additional building for restrooms and storage. After two years of planning and 11 months of construction, the facility had its grand opening in 2001, and the existing farmers’ market moved from Waterfall Park to the new facility. Since 2001, the City saw generated revenues exceeding early projections, with an average of $12,500 per year collected in vendor fees and rental revenue. In addition to hosting the Merriam Farmers’ Market, the facility is home to several special events, such as Flags 4 Freedom, Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show, Merriam Drive Live, Halloween Happenings, and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. The facility is also available to the public to rent. It’s held family celebrations, company events, festivals, and more! facebook.com/merriamfarmersmarket

Become a Farmers' Market Vendor!

The award-winning Merriam Farmers’ Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2020 season. 2020 SEASON: Saturdays May 2 – Sept. 26 Vendor Fees Per Stall $370 Full season $25



7 a.m.–1 p.m.

For more information about the Farmers’ Market, including vendor applications, visit merriam.org/farmersmarket, call 913-322-5550, or email iberg@merriam.org.


Brown Memorial Park


Campbell Park

9674 W. 61ST ST.

Chatlain Park


Merriam Historic Plaza


Merriam Marketplace


Quail Creek Park


Turkey Creek Streamway Trail


Waterfall Park


Werner Park


Antioch Park


Merriam Parks & Trail Map W 47 ST




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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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Turkey Creek Streamway Trail


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Daily park hours are from sunrise to sunset

Parks & Rec // Merriam Parks


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75TH ST.

Trail mileage markers are available every 1/2 mile. Emergency (E911) trail markers are available every 1/10 mile.

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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

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CALENDAR Thanksgiving – City Hall and IBFCC Closed City Hall Closed


"High School Visual Arts Competition" Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG Mayor's Tree Lighting // 6:30–8 p.m. // IBFCC Breakfast with Santa // 9–10:30 a.m. // IBFCC City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Christmas – City Hall and IBFCC Closed New Year’s Day – City Hall and IBFCC Closed Pet Registration and Business License Renewals Due “Northland Artists' Gallery – On the Road” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG Holiday Tree Disposal // Citywide City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – City Hall Closed City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting // 6 p.m. // IBFCC


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“Layers of Creativity...Mixed Media Unleashed” Opening Reception // 7 p.m. // TMAG Brunch with the Bunny // 9–10:30 a.m. // IBFCC Easter – IBFCC Closed City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Spring Large-Item Pickup // Citywide City Council Meeting // 7 p.m. // City Hall Parks 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.


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Merriam Highlights & Recreation, Winter 2019 + Spring 2020  

Merriam Highlights & Recreation, Winter 2019 + Spring 2020