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Resolving Parks & Rec facilities issues page 5
4 // New Assistant City Administrator
8 // Brown Park wins award
9 // Turkey Creek Festival
23 // Swim lessons
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings Merriam Residents,
In January, we said goodbye to longtime resident Myra Jenks, an active and valued member of the community, and one of Merriam’s great historians. She and former Mayor Irene B. French actually published a comprehensive history of our city, “Historic Merriam,” in 2006, and it will always be one of my favorite books. When I revisit some of the stories Jenks and French researched and documented, I’m reminded of the many bold decisions made by forward-thinking leaders that shaped our town. It all began when David Gee Campbell chose to buy acreage here in 1860, recruited businesses to the area, convinced the railroad to go through his property, then built a train depot so people could stop here. Naturally, this place was named Campbellton at first. Campbell’s efforts worked so well that by the late 1800s, droves of people came by train and trolley from urban areas like Kansas City to enjoy Campbellton’s lush, relaxing parks and amenities. To capitalize on the popularity of this destination, in 1880 the railroad built a grand park, named after railroad executive Charles Merriam. Merriam Park was dedicated by President Ulysses S. Grant and the town was soon renamed “Merriam.” The park consisted of a zoo, a lagoon for boating and ice skating, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and Kansas City’s best bands performed in the park’s pavilion. At one point, as many as 20,000 people came from all over to visit the park every day. We might not be here if Campbell didn’t settle this area and recruit families, businesses, and the railroad to follow. You could say the railroad put us on the map, but those early parks and recreation facilities defined the character of our community, and made it a desirable place to live. Merriam is fortunate that over time, so many of its leaders valued the development of an extensive parks system and recognized the importance of providing first-class recreational opportunities to the community. Today, we’re blessed with a system of parks and trails unlike anything you’re likely to find in other small towns our size. I’m proud to report that our current leaders continue to honor and preserve this legacy, and you might have noticed significant upgrades to parks in recent years. However, our recreational facilities are in bad shape, and residents deserve better. The Irene B. French Community Center and the Merriam Aquatic Center are at the end of their useful lives — structures are deteriorating, systems are failing, and amenities don’t meet the community’s needs. Merriam city staff worked with consultants and the community for more than a year to develop options that address the physical problems and limitations of our current facilities, and ways to provide recreational experiences designed to meet the needs of generations to come. This edition of Highlights contains an article about these issues, and a special insert with detailed information about options for moving forward. Bold leadership decisions — like those that built this city — and public participation are required to ensure that Merriam remains a first-class city that takes care of its assets, delivers the best services, and provides residents with the amenities needed to enjoy a high quality of life. I encourage you to become informed — and involved — in the issue of what to do about our failing recreational facilities. Because doing nothing is not an option, and it’s not the Merriam way. Your Mayor,
City offices will close in observation of holidays on Mon., May 29; Tues., July 4; and Mon., Sept. 4. In each case, offices
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Building the 2018 Budget Merriam’s budget is much more than an accounting document — it is a management and planning tool that serves as an outline for how the City should best use its resources. Each year, elected officials and staff make decisions regarding which services, programs and other expenditure priorities to include in the budget, and how to best use its resources to perform necessary city functions. Here's the process:
Department heads begin developing budget requests
4 // Meet the new Assistant
Who runs the City of Merriam?
City Administrator 5 // Resolving Parks & Rec facilities issues 7 // Resident Profile 10 // Special Events 12 // Irene B. French Community Center 15 // Art Gallery 16 // Farmers' Market 18 // Fitness Center 20 // Merriam Aquatic Center
Three groups of community stakeholders work together to keep Merriam "Just Right."
PARKS & REC CLASSES & PROGRAMS
City Council work session with the City Administrator, Assistant City Administrator and Public Works Director to forecast and prioritize projects
A preliminary operating budget is presented to City Council for comments and discussion
Revenue projections are reviewed for 2017; and 2018 budgets are recommended to City Council
City Council conducts a formal budget hearing
The Governing Body Merriam’s Governing Body is made up of eight Council Members — two from each of its four wards — and a Mayor. Governing Body members serve four-year terms, with elections for one seat in each ward held every odd-numbered year. Candidates for the position of Mayor run "at-large," which means that registered voters from all four of Merriam's wards vote for Mayor. The Governing Body sets policy, approves budgets, and oversees affairs of city government. Residents Residents are the primary stakeholders when it comes to running the City. Members of the Governing Body live in Merriam; they are your neighbors and fellow Merriam residents who serve the City in addition to raising families, working full-time jobs, and volunteering time to other organizations. But running for office is only one of the many ways that Merriam residents can get involved in local government and make a difference in the community. Residents are always encouraged to attend City Council meetings, share ideas with elected officials and staff, and participate in a variety of community activities. City Government Staff Merriam city staff is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations involved in providing the many great services residents enjoy. The City Administrator is hired by the Governing Body to oversee all departments and City business. Together, City staff work to improve the City’s infrastructure, keep people safe, maintain parks and recreation amenities, and carry out a variety of objectives and initiatives as directed by the Governing Body and residents. Visit www.merriam.org, or call 913-322-5500 for more information about your City, and opportunities for involvement.
23 // Swim Lessons 24 // Youth 26 // Adult 28 // 50+
30 // Merriam Parks MERRIAM CITY COUNCIL MAYOR
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SCOTT DIEBOLD, 913-293-8457, email@example.com ROBERT WEEMS, 913-209-4105, firstname.lastname@example.org WARD 2
AL FRISBY, 913-206-5354, email@example.com BRIAN KNAFF, 913-362-9496, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIS HANDS, 913-384-5340, email@example.com NANCY HUPP, 913-831-4471, firstname.lastname@example.org WARD 4
CHERYL MOORE, 913-677-3277, email@example.com BOB PAPE, 913-384-0746, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q+A with Merriam Finance Director Cindy Ehart
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Cindy Ehart Finance Director Finance ................................................................................................................................................... Merriam Finance Director Cindy Ehart joined the city in 2004 as an accountant and was promoted to her current position in 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Merriam, Cindy worked for a large accounting firm, and in the oil and gas industry. What is your primary role as Finance Director?
I’m responsible for managing the City’s budget and financial reporting. The Finance Department also oversees investments, accounts payable and accounts receivable. What do you like about your job?
Finding ways to fund all the great things that cities do. We have priorities to meet and limited funding for some things, and you have to make it work. Finance is not that cool, but fighting fires, police protection, plowing snow, and running the pool – those are exciting. We support functions that make a positive impact on people’s lives. But, our top priority is to be good stewards of public funds, and I take that seriously. How would you characterize the state of Merriam’s finances?
Our finances are solid. From at least the 1990s through today, our City Council has remained committed to economic
development, and that is not always easy or popular. We’re seeing the results of that commitment today in our vibrant retail base – the underpinnings for a solid financial position.
on things that don’t have long-term, positive impacts on the community. What opportunities exist to further improve the City’s finances?
A location that you can’t beat, the amount of retail we draw sales tax from, and a great City Council.
We need to continue supporting economic development opportunities, and invest in areas that keep property values strong. That goes back to making it a place where people want to live and visit.
What types of municipal investments provide the greatest benefits?
What types of financial challenges does the City face?
Street projects are where you get the biggest bang for your buck. Those types of improvements support our sales tax base by making it easy for customers to get in and out of town. Investments in infrastructure and amenities also make the City a desirable place to live. Streets, sidewalks, street lights, parks and recreation facilities – those things add value to people’s homes and instill pride in the community. You don’t want to squander your funding
We’ve had expensive cost-of-aging issues with buildings, as is the case with the Community Center. Those things sure make it hard to budget. We also spend a lot on things like police protection per capita because we’ve got a large daytime population and a lot of traffic to manage, which creates unique challenges. We get all the great sales tax, but also more people using our services.
What factors contribute to Merriam’s positive financial outlook?
Merriam welcomes new Assistant City Administrator Meredith Hauck Meredith Hauck joined Merriam as its new Assistant City Administrator in February, filling the spot left open when Chris Engel was promoted to City Administrator in August. Hauck mostrecently served as Assistant City Manager in Raymore, Missouri, and previously held various management positions during eight years in Riverside, Missouri. Engel said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the deep, highlyqualified pool of applicants for the position, but Hauck’s diverse mix of skills and experiences stood out as the best fit for Merriam. “She’s been successful in areas that will greatly benefit the City as we carry out the Council’s strategic objectives,” Engel said. “She has a really broad range of valuable experience in local government.” PAGE 4 // MERRIAM HIGHLIGHTS & RECREATION // SUMMER 2017
Hauck earned her master’s degree in public administration, as well as her bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Kansas. She is also a graduate of the Leadership ICMA Class of 2013 and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Senior Executive Institute. “The City of Merriam continues to improve the qualityof-life for its residents,” Hauck said. “I feel this is a great time to join Team Merriam, and look forward to making contributions to the local community.”
During the past several years, the City has faced serious age-related structural issues at two of its most-popular recreational facilities.
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Year-long public process results in two options for resolving recreational facilities issues The Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC) is more than 100 years old and is at the end of its useful life. Similarly, the Merriam Aquatic Center (MAC) also faces serious age-related issues — the filter house and pool basins are more than 30 years old, and the bathhouse is more than 55 years old. Each facility is plagued by numerous problems — both visible and beneath the surface. Neither the IBFCC or MAC provide adequate access to people with disabilities and neither is fully compliant with modern life-safety or building codes. In short, the IBFCC and MAC require prompt attention and the City cannot continue the current practice of making expensive, unplanned repairs as they arise. The City engaged a team of professionals in 2014 and 2015 to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the facilities. They studied what would be required to continue operations, specifically in the areas of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, accessibility, safety, and engineering. The results of these studies provided detailed scenarios for addressing issues in each area, and concluded that extensive, costly repairs are necessary. Due to the high cost of the proposed solutions, a resident steering committee was formed in late 2015 to get a better understanding of what the community wants for its recreation facilities, and how best to meet those desires. In spring 2016, after facilitating 23 focus groups and a citizen survey, the committee concluded that a new facility would be the best option to meet the community’s needs. Data collected from those meetings and surveys confirmed that existing facilities — even if repaired and refurbished — would not fully provide the services and amenities residents want. Furthermore, they would still remain vulnerable to additional agerelated failures down the road. Information gathered through public input activities helped consultants design concepts around what residents said they want, including the amenities they would most value in a new recreational facility. Public meetings in August and December provided opportunities for residents to provide feedback on which concept would best meet the community’s needs. At the conclusion of the yearlong process, a final concept for a build-new option was recommended to the City Council at its Jan. 9, 2017 meeting. Now, after several years of comprehensive studies, gathering public input, and thoughtful deliberation, there are two possible solutions: an extensive repair and remodel option, or a build new option. More detailed information about this issue and options for the future of our recreational facilities can be found in the enclosed Facilities Update special section.
April 25 at 7 p.m. Irene B. French Community Center You're invited to participate in the discussion during a joint meeting of Merriam City Council members, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and the Recreation Facilities Steering Committee.
There will be additional opportunities for the community to weigh in on these options — the first of which is a joint meeting of Merriam City Council members, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Parks Facilities Steering Committee on April 25 at 7 p.m., at the IBFCC. Your participation is encouraged and your input valued. For more information, visit www.mprfacilities.org, or contact Parks & Recreation Director Anna Slocum at 913-322-5556, or email email@example.com with questions related to this issue. CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS // WWW.MERRIAM.ORG // 913-322-5500 // PAGE 5
Outdoor fire safety tips RECREATIONAL FIRES: Fire pits, chimineas, and tiki torches No permit is required to use fire pits, campfires, bonfires, chimineas, and decorative flame torches at single family dwellings or duplexes in Merriam, but there are restrictions: »» Only burn seasoned, dry firewood. »» Limit fires to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height. »» Do not use fire pits within 15-feet of a building. »» Never burn when wind speeds exceed 15 mph, or during a burn ban. »» Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby and attend to the fire until completely extinguished. »» Recreational fires are prohibited at multi-family dwellings. OPEN BURNS A permit is required for open burns on public streets and public or private grounds, except for recreational fires. Open burn permit process: »» Apply for a free burn permit online at www.opkansas.org/city-government/firedepartment. »» A fire inspector will visit for first time requests. »» If the site is satisfactory, the burn permit will be issued. Open burn permits generally are not issued in densely populated neighborhoods. »» Please apply as far in advance as possible to ensure timely processing of permits. Open burn rules: »» Burn only clean, seasoned, dried firewood. Do not burn oils, tires, or tar paper. »» Wait to begin an open burn until an hour after sunrise and extinguish fires before sunset. Burn only when winds are greater than five mph and less than 15 mph. Do not burn on days with fog or heavy cloud cover. »» Burn at least 50-feet away from buildings and roads. »» Attend to your fire until it is extinguished. »» Check air quality every day you plan to burn. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and Johnson County Environmental Department provide daily air quality reports. »» Codes officials can order a fire extinguished when burning creates a hazardous situation.
Merriam and Shawnee team up for community recycling event WHAT: Community recycling event hosted by the Cities of Merriam and Shawnee WHEN: Sat., April 15 from 8–11 a.m. WHERE: Lee Jeans parking lot, 9001 West 67th St. The Cities of Merriam and Shawnee are once again collaborating on a community-wide recycling event for residents to drop off a variety of items in one convenient location. The event is scheduled for Sat., April 15, from 8–11 a.m., in the parking lot of Lee Jeans at 9001 West 67th Street, behind Carmax, east of I-35. A variety of items will be accepted, including consumer electronics, bicycles, and latex paint. Old documents will be securely and professionally disposed. Most items are free to recycle, but a $20 charge applies to televisions. A donation of $5–10 per file box is suggested for document shredding, a portion of which will benefit the Merriam Parks, Recreation and Community Center Foundation, and the Shawnee Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Bicycles brought to the event will be refurbished and redistributed to various community organizations by the City of Shawnee. Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste will collect unwanted latex paint. No paint from commercial institutions, oil-based paint, or other household hazardous items will be accepted. For more information, please contact Andy Graham at 913-322-5507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer opportunities available.
Large-item pickup Merriam’s spring large-item pickup service is scheduled for April 17–21 Twice each year, the City of Merriam conducts a large-item pickup campaign for residents. The Merriam Public Works Department provides this service during the third full weeks of April and October. This year’s spring pickup is scheduled for April 17–21, 2017. Some restrictions apply regarding the types of accepted items and materials. For additional information, a complete schedule of the spring pickup, and a list of accepted items, please visit www.merriam.org, or call the Merriam Public Works Department at 913-322-5570.
MONDAY, APRIL 17 North of 75th St., south of 67th St., east of Switzer, and west of Antioch. TUESDAY, APRIL 18 North of 67th St., south of Johnson Dr., east of Switzer, and west of Antioch. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 North of 67th St., south of 54th Ter., east of Antioch, and west of Lowell. THURSDAY, APRIL 20 North of Johnson Dr., south of 53rd St., west of Antioch, and east of Switzer. FRIDAY, APRIL 21 North of 53rd St., south of 47th St., west of Antioch, and east of Switzer.
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Yard of the Week is back to recognize those who keep Merriam neighborhoods beautiful Did you notice “Yard of the Week” signs posted in front of some Merriam homes in 2016? Last summer, the City recognized one well-maintained yard each week, and they’re doing it again in 2017. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, City staff will choose 16 yards from a mix of neighborhoods that represent attractive ways that residents can maintain their properties. While out on the job, Merriam’s Community Development staff often notice residential properties that enhance the character and beauty of the surroundings. Maybe it's a sprawling expanse of neatly-manicured grass that could
pass for a golf course, or a yard exploding with beds of colorful blossoms. Perhaps it's a small yard with potted flowers and unique landscaping features. It doesn't have to be showy or large in size for your property to be a Yard of the Week.
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Winners are announced each week in the e-Merriam electronic newsletter, and all winners will be featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Highlights. Visit merriam.org and click on “Notify Me” to sign up for e-Merriam if you’re not already a subscriber.
Codes Corner Remember to park on approved surfaces Vehicle parking is only permitted on improved surfaces, such as those covered by concrete or asphalt. Dirt, grass and gravel are not improved surfaces, and are unlawful parking areas. Not only does this improve the aesthetics and appearances of our neighborhoods and landscaping, but it also keeps streets cleaner by reducing the amount of dirt and mud driven out onto the public right-of-ways. Visit merriam.org to learn more about City codes.
Maintain exterior building surfaces Exterior surfaces on all buildings and structures must be free from signs of deterioration or chipping paint. This not only makes our neighborhoods more attractive, it also to helps to protect houses from damage caused by weather. Maintaining your building’s exterior also increases its value, and the values of surrounding properties.
As Harrison prepares to graduate, here are some of Harrison’s thoughts on growing up in Merriam, and what’s on the horizon:
What’s the best thing about living in Merriam?
Harrison Boldt .......................................................
What did you enjoy most about growing up in Merriam?
Harrison Boldt is one impressive young lifelong Merriam resident! And we’re not just saying this because his mom, Beth, is the City’s Prosecutor. A senior at Shawnee Mission North High School, he’s the Student Body President; a Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) national champion; a member of the school band and the National Honor Society; he’s a track and field state champion, the cross country team manager, and a swimmer. Last fall, Harrison achieved the rank of Eagle Scout by making improvements to Chatlain Park, and was recently offered a full Naval ROTC scholarship to attend KU.
It’s a close-knit community of people who take pride in the City, and there are lots a great services available. The parks and fun events like the Turkey Creek Festival. I also think Flags4Freedom is special and I enjoyed volunteering for it last summer. Why did you choose Chatlain Park for your Eagle Scout project, and what did it entail?
I was out running on the Turkey Creek Trail when I noticed the park needed a bench. I remember playing there as a kid and knew the City would be supportive of my project. In addition to installing a bench, we also built a fence around the electric box to improve aesthetics, safety and security. What are your long-term plans for the future?
I’d like to study mechanical engineering, and one day become a U.S. Naval officer in the service warfare community. Good luck, Harrison! You make Merriam proud.
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Flags 4 Freedom Downtown Merriam and surrounding areas will feature perfect rows of patriotic pride as Flags 4 Freedom organizers install more than 1,500 United States flags at the Merriam Marketplace, Irene B. French Community Center, and along Merriam and Johnson Drives. Everyone is invited to stop by during the week of July 4th to view an astonishing patriotic display. Visitors also won’t want to miss the free concert on Tues., July 4, at 1 p.m. at the Merriam Marketplace. This event is free and all are invited—just bring a lawn chair. Sponsor a flag to honor active military personnel, veterans, friends and loved ones by purchasing a dedication ribbon for $15. All proceeds will benefit the Merriam Parks, Recreation, and Community Center Foundation. Learn more at flags4freedom.org.
Flags on Display July 1 – July 8, 2017
Free Patriotic Concert Tues., July 4 at 1 p.m.
TGIF Food Trucks Fri., July 7, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. All events take place at the Merriam Marketplace
Brown Park wins award The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department received the Outstanding Park Project Award for Brown Park improvements at the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference in January. The multi-year, joint department project between Parks and Public Works included design and installation of a new playground, shelter, monument signs, and enclosures for a dumpster and portable restroom. Parks & Recreation staff present to receive the award included Director Anna Slocum, Assistant Director Dave Smothers, and Recreation Supervisor Sara Thompson. Congratulations, Team Merriam! For information about how to reserve a shelter at Brown Park, or to learn more about other Parks & Recreation programs and amenities, visit www.merriam.org/parks or call 913-322-5550.
2017 Capital Improvement Project updates As the weather heats up, so does work on the City’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) that enhance Merriam’s infrastructure. This year’s CIP budget is $6.8 million and includes the following projects: Farley Ave. improvements 69 th St. to 67th St. Complete construction of Farley Ave. to a 20-foot roadway for two-way traffic, with curb, gutters, and sidewalk. Work is ongoing. Shawnee Mission Parkway over BNSF railroad bridge I-35 to west city limit This project is a partnership with Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). KDOT will perform concrete and pavement repairs east of the BNSF bridge; concrete patching on the existing bridge deck; painting, curb repairs, and mill and asphalt overlay west of the BNSF bridge. This project began in early March.
Sidewalk placement 69th St. to 70th Terr. Extend new sidewalk on north side of 70th St. from 69th St. to 70th Terr. This work is projected to start in mid-March. Residential street improvements Merriam Ln. from 61st St. to Merriam Dr.; 61st St. from Merriam Dr. to Merriam Ln.; 62nd St. from Merriam Ln. to the west; and 51st St. from Switzer to Knox Ave. Reconstruct Merriam Ln. and 61st St. to 24foot wide road with two-foot ribbon curb on both sides of the street, and reconstruct 62nd St. to a 20-foot wide with two-foot ribbon curb on both sides of the street. The 51st St. project is slated to start in mid-April, and the Merriam Ln. area work is projected to start in early July.
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Owen Heights storm drain repairs/replacement 47th St. from Eby to Antioch Rd. Line existing corrugated metal pipe with cured-in-place pipe, and replace some parts of the storm drain near Antioch Rd. This project is scheduled to start in mid-April. Street mill and overlay 47th Terr. from Carter to Hayes; 69th St. from Wedd to Switzer; 70th St. from Farley to Switzer; 48th St. from Knox to Hayes; Carter from 48th St. to 47th Terr.; Hayes from 47th St. to 48th St., Brown Park and Waterfall Park parking areas. This project is anticipated to begin in late-April or mid-May.
Turkey Creek Festival ............................................................................ Saturday, May 20 // 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
For the most up to date details, visit www.merriam.org/events
Antioch Park // 6501 Antioch Road
Shelter House #1
............................................................................ Official Festival Parking
All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice sponsored by the Merriam Lions Club.
Vehicles not parked in official festival parking areas are subject to tow.
For the most up-to-date information, visit www.merriam.org/events.
»» Lee Apparel Parking Lot, 9001 W. 67th Street »» FREE shuttle every 10 minutes; drop off/pick up at main Antioch Park entrance »» Courtesy golf carts take you from the entrance to the festival area Volunteer Opportunities 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, volunteers get a cool shirt and lunch. Available opportunities: 5k water station, finish line at 5K run, information booth (answer basic questions about the event), Home Depot wood project activities, festival cleanup, and courtesy cart drivers (min. of 17 years of age). For more information, contact Sara Thompson at 913-322-5550, or email email@example.com.
Turkey Creek Festival 5K Run/Walk & Youth Sprint ............................................................................ Saturday, May 20, 2017 // 8–10 a.m. Irene B. French Community Center // 5701 Merriam Drive
Lace up and head outdoors for this fun annual event benefiting the Merriam Parks, Recreation and Community Center Foundation Youth Scholarship Fund. Register individually or as a team. Medals will be given for finishing and placing in events.
Register online at www.sportkc.org, or call the Merriam Parks & Recreation Department at 913-322-5550.
On or before May 1
Starting May 2
After May 17
Packet Pick up Information
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32nd Annual City of Merriam
If you register by May 18, packets will be available for pick up on Fri., May 19 at the Irene B. French Community Center. Packets for registrations after May 19 will be available for pickup on race day.
$6 // Adults $4 // Children (12 & under)
5K Run/Walk & Youth Sprint
Irene B. French Community Center 5701 Merriam Drive
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antioch Park
»» Pony rides »» Petting zoo »» Trackless train rides »» Inflatables »» Wood projects with Home Depot »» Johnny & Adam (formerly Percussion Magic) interactive rhythm and music show »» DJ the Balloon Man »» Pedal boat rides ($5 per boat)
Featuring handmade craft items. To register, contact Devin Rumley at 913-826-3163, or visit www.jcprd.com/ special_events/turkey/creek.cfm
Concessions (ATM on location)
Favorites include ribbon fries, turkey legs, funnel cakes, shaved ice, fried pickles and more…
Main Stage 11 a.m. Hudson Drive (Country) 2 p.m. Fab Four Five (Beatles Cover)
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EVENTS Summer 2017 Summer Sundays in Merriam May 7 & June 11 // 4:30–7:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive Asian fusion, flame-kissed pizzas, the smell of brisket quesadillas, and Cuban slaw. Food, grub, mealtime, vittles, morsels. No matter what you call it, it’ll probably be at Summer Sundays. Picky eaters and those who like to indulge in new and different cuisine will all leave satisfied. Slurp a smoothie, iced coffee, or enjoy a delectable cupcake for dessert. The Merriam Marketplace is conveniently located off I-35 and Johnson Drive. An inflatable, youth activities, and great live music will also be there. Food vendors accept cash or debit/credit cards. Food trucks will make a donation to Flags4Freedom from proceeds of purchases. Non-food activities are free. ANDY AND THE OUTLAWS (SOUTHERN ROCK) MUSIC: SUNDAY, MAY 7 SUNDAY, JUNE 11 THE COLLECTIVE, FEATURING BROTHER JOHN (MOTOWN) *Save the date for Sunday, September 17, the final food truck event of 2017. FREE
Rockin’ Party in YOUR Park Fridays, June 16, July 21, and August 18 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Where can you visit with neighbors, listen to local musicians, entertain your children with games, face painting, and inflatables? Your neighborhood park of course! Join the Merriam Parks & Recreation Department as we experience summertime at its best — in your neighborhood park. Bring the family, a lawn chair or blanket, and we’ll take care of the rest of the party. Food, live music, and fun will be provided.
BROWN PARK 5040 Booker Street
QUAIL CREEK PARK 7024 Grandview Avenue
CAMPBELL PARK 9674 W. 61st Street
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Valentine & the Ones
Dedication of the new park pavilion will be part of the festivities.
Dedication of new playground will be part of the festivities.
*Note time change
Sponsored in part by the Downtown Merriam Partnership. FREE
Frosty Pop with a Cop Wednesdays, June 28 and July 26 // 1–2:15 p.m. Merriam Aquatic Center // 6040 Slater Meet some of Merriam’s Police Officers at the pool! Cool off with a frosty pop and a visit with your friends from the Merriam Police Department.
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Friday, July 7 // 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive We’ve got your “blue plate special!” Reward yourself with a special lunch, rather than the regular brown bag or fast food. Tempt your taste buds and smell the food wafting through the covered pavilion. Your lunch destination is conveniently located at I-35 and Johnson Dr. at the Merriam Marketplace. Menu options may include sliders, specialty frozen drinks, pizza, carnitas, and more. Food vendors accept cash or debit/credit cards.
Parks & Rec // Events
TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s Food Truck Friday)
Food trucks will make a donation to Flags4Freedom with proceeds from sales.
Surf’s Up Pool Party Palooza Friday, July 28 // 7:30–9 p.m. Merriam Aquatic Center // 6040 Slater “ If everybody had a pool across IKEA Way, everybody’ d be swimmin’ , swimmin’ the MAC Way!”
Swim season goes by way too fast. Members of the Merriam Aquatic Center are invited to celebrate National Parks & Recreation month poolside with us at the “Surf’s Up” pool party featuring free refreshments and games. Don’t forget to wear your favorite swim suit! Free for season pass holders only. MUSIC: MDM (CARIBBEAN)
Cruise Night Saturday, August 12 // 6:30–8:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace // 5740 Merriam Drive “ First gear it’ s alright, second gear lean right, third gear hang on tight . . . Faster, it’ s alright!” Spend the evening with local car enthusiasts for some curbside fun. All “show quality models” welcome. Door prizes, food by “Fresh and Tasty Catering,” and live music. MUSIC: JULIE MAJOR TRIO (JUMP BLUES)
Sponsored in part by Downtown Merriam Partnership.
Pooch Paddle Tuesday, September 5 // 5:45–6:30 p.m. or 6:45–7:30 p.m. Merriam Aquatic Center // 6040 Slater Bring Fido to the biggest doggie dip of the season where they can swim, wade, chase their favorite water toy, and have a tail-waggin’, doggone good time. The MAC is closing for the season, and this time is for dogs only — no humans allowed in the water. Dogs must be on a leash until they enter the water. Please choose one swim time for your dog. $5 // pooch Early bird special until September 4 $6 // pooch Day of event Proof of dogs’ vaccinations required — no exceptions. 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. #240105A3 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. #240105A4
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IRENE B. FRENCH
COMMUNITY CENTER The mission of the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department is to provide first-class facilities and parks, and enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors through educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. Meet our Team Facility Staff
Anna Slocum, Director Dave Smothers, Assistant Director Sara Thompson, Recreation Supervisor Ingrid Berg, Assistant Recreation Coordinator Lisa Naughton, Administrative Assistant Dan Whitmill, Maintenance Worker II Steve Derendinger, Maintenance Worker I Tom Gist, Farmers’ Market Coordinator Diane Monroe, Farmers’ Market Supervisor Jennifer Reed, Fitness Specialist Amy McClure, Aquatic Center Manager
Diane • Shellie • Joe • Michelle Bobby • Rose • Mark • Nicole
Community Center Closures
Occasionally, portions of the Irene B. French Community Center may be closed for short periods of time for repairs, maintenance needs or specially-scheduled activities and holidays. Anticipated closures will be posted as early as possible.
Holidays and Closings
Turkey Creek Festival: May 20, 2017 Memorial Day: May 29, 2017 Independence Day: July 4, 2017
Merriam Parks and Recreation
5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203 P: 913-322-5550 // F: 913-677-1409 firstname.lastname@example.org www.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 a renovated, historic school building, the 33,000-square-foot Irene B. French Community Center is home to a majority of Merriam's Parks and Recreation programs. IBFCC Amenities
• NEWLY RENOVATED Fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment • Art Gallery with monthly exhibits • Commercially equipped kitchen • Conference room • Dance studio with wood floor, mirrors and ballet barre • Game room with pool table, foosball, ping-pong, smart TV and Wii® • Gymnasium with built-in stage • Event space with Wi-Fi capabilities
Regularly-scheduled open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Weekly schedules are available at the front desk, online at www.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. $3 // person Daily fee — BOGO special for the summer!
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Facility users are expected to respect community center property and fellow users. Destruction of property, profanity and abusive behavior will not 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 community center and within 10 feet of the entrances. The community center is not staffed to provide individual child supervision. Please do not 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.
ID Card Admission Policy
Fitness center patrons must furnish 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.
Program Instructors Needed
Turn your hobby or skill into a part-time job by teaching a class at the Community Center. Contact Sara Thompson at 913-322-5550 to discuss your idea for a new program!
Please register at least three (3) working days prior to the start date of the 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 Merriam Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550.
Refund / Cancellation / Transfer Policy
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 with 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 Mon.–Fri., 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.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 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, two at-large positions, and one youth representative. Contact Anna Slocum at 913-322-5550 or email annas@merriam. org for more information. WARDS
Suzanne Downey Thelma Fowler LaVera Howard Kathy Stull
Tom Heffron Katie Leary Vacant 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 $170,000 to support the Parks & Recreation Department. The Foundation’s largest fundraising activity is the annual Flags4Freedom event, held during the week of July 4. The Foundation also supports the arts in Merriam, annually donating a piece from the Heartland Artist Exhibition to the permanent collection hanging at the Irene B. French Community Center. Recent programs include scholarship assistance for Merriam Parks & Recreation programs and memberships; sponsorship of Summer Sundays in Merriam; new benches for Chatlain Park; 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 at 913-322-5550 or email email@example.com. BOARD MEMBERS
Susan Hayden, President Carol Eubank, Secretary Nancy Hupp, Treasurer Lanny Bachtle Jane Doerflinger Frank Dover Lori Hanson LaVera Howard Cris Loomis Kathy Rowe
The City of Merriam does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion or disability in the operation of any activity, program or service. 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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A great place for. . . Birthday parties
Anniversary celebrations Wedding receptions Business meetings Banquets
The Center's small classrooms, conference room, game room, kitchen facilities and outdoor shelters are all available for group rentals. Support equipment for business meetings and functions, including internet access in our classrooms can be provided. Staff can provide details regarding room or park availability, rental fees and reservation deposits by calling 913-322-5550, or visit merriam.org/parks for more information.
43’ x 64’ 200+ person capacity*
22’ x 61’ 90 person capacity*
18’ x 23’ 27 person capacity*
. . . and much more!
*Capacity varies depending on selected room arrangement
OUTDOOR RENTAL SPACES
Rental Season: First Saturday in April–fourth Monday in October. Call 913-322-5550 for availability.
Tucked in the South Park neighborhood, this shelter provides eight picnic tables and a large grill— perfect for all events. Amenities include a new playground and swings, walking trail, basketball 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 new playground equipment, swings, open green space, and paved parking.
This facility is perfect for corporate picnics, family reunions and other gatherings. Amenities include a bridge to Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail, electrical hookups, playground equipment, and a sand volleyball court across the street at the Community Center. Tables and chairs are not provided.
This shelter is perfect for family gatherings. Nestled in a wooded area, the pavilion contains eight picnic tables and a large grill. Park amenities include new playground equipment, walking paths, open green space, and is next to the Merriam Aquatic Center.
Julius McFarlin Fields includes four athletic fields for team practices. Fields are reserved by the hour.
5040 Booker Drive
6300 Carter Avenue
5740 Merriam Drive
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6114 Slater Street
5191 Merriam Drive
.................................. Irene B. French Community Center 3rd floor
MONDAY–THURSDAY 8 a.m.–9 p.m. FRIDAY 8 a.m.–5 p.m. SATURDAY 8 a.m.–4 p.m. SUNDAY 1–5 p.m.
Upcoming Exhibits The Tim Murphy Art Gallery hosts monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. Opening night receptions are at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. All exhibits are free to the public and many artists will display originals and prints for sale. Exhibits can be viewed online at www.merriam.org/artgallery.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6 – SATURDAY, APRIL 29
THURSDAY, JUNE 1 – SATURDAY, JULY 1
THURSDAY, JULY 6 – SATURDAY, JULY 29
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
“Bits and Pieces”
“Art from the Heart”
Charlene Pryor Candi Ayres Phillips
Jhulan Mukharji Keith Ashcraft
“Past, Present and Future”
“Agglomeration People, Places and Things”
Robert Matthiesen Pam Matthiesen LD Herman
Ted Denton Eric Tiffany
The mission of the Tim Murphy Art Gallery is to increase public awareness of the visual arts by providing a setting for exhibition and education. Now in its 21st year, the Art Gallery recently underwent a major expansion and renovation, doubling its size! The space features fully restored 1911 hardwood floors, acoustic fabric walls, LED lighting and dedicated reception space.
The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is now accepting applications for 2018 monthly art shows. Interested artists may submit five digital images of their work. All exhibited paintings and photographs must be matted and framed, unless using a wraparound canvas technique. Accepted media includes: photography, watercolor, pastel, oil or acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and glass. Applications due by July 10, 2017. For more information, contact Dave Smothers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-322-5550. An online application can be found at www.merriam.org/artgallery.
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FARMERS' MARKET ........................................................................................
The Farmers’ Market at Merriam Marketplace 5740 Merriam Drive
SATURDAYS May 6 – October 14 WEDNESDAYS June 7 – August 30
7 a.m.–1 p.m. New hour s ! 5–8 p.m.
Free Children and Family Fun Activities
New this year, families can enjoy fun and free activities at the Merriam Farmers’ Market on both Saturdays (10 a.m.) and Wednesdays (6 p.m.). Check out the schedule below for dates and visit facebook.com/merriamfarmersmarket for more information. Opening Day Giveaway
Saturday, May 6 and Wednesday, June 7
Shop the market and stop by the information table for our annual opening day giveaway — an environmentally-friendly shopping bag. Bring it back each week and fill it with your market favorites. Coloring sheets and word searches will also be on hand, and you’re always encouraged to meet and greet the vendors.
Family Food Fear Factor Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, September 23
Sample food items from the market — some you will like and some you may not choose to eat. Delicious fruits and vegetables may or may not be altered. Are you brave enough?
Make and Take Veggie Robots Saturday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 28
Turkey Creek 5K Fun Run
Have fun designing your very own edible robot with skewers, toothpicks and vegetables. They will be out of this world!
May 20 (8 a.m.)
Bakery Treats and Bike Trails
Join us for the Turkey Creek Festival 5K. You can run, walk or participate in the youth sprint. Start your training today!
Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, August 5
Make and Take Flower Pots
Air up the tires and sample the best of the market’s fresh breads and bakery items. Bakery stations will be set up along the trail and the farther you ride, the more you get to sample!
Saturday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 14
Exercise your green thumb by planting a flower in a flower pot. Learn the importance of soil, fertilizer, sun and watering. Take it home and challenge family members to keep it alive for a long time!
Saturday, August 26
Enter our good ol’ fashion seed-spitting contest. Yes, distance and style points will be awarded. Either way, delicious watermelon will be eaten!
Daily Farmers’ Market Vendors Wanted Although the market is usually full with season-long vendors, new daily vendors are always welcome when space is available. Discounted rates are available in May, Sept. and Oct., or try the newer Wed. night market. For more information, contact Dave Smothers at 913-322-5550.
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Wednesday Farmers and Food Trucks Our Wednesday Farmers’ Market has a new time this year, from 5–8 p.m. Food truck offerings are expanded to include many new, different types of food each Wednesday. Participating food trucks this summer include: Fresh & Tasty
Chic Hoove Swine
Pita for Good Polar Oasis Marigolds
Coffeecake KC KC Pinoy
Werner’s on Wheels
A complete schedule will be available at www.merriam.org/parks or on Facebook.
Musical Entertainment at the Marketplace Saturdays at 10 a.m. & Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of local Kansas City musicians when they perform at the Merriam Farmers’ Market. Saturday market music performances are at 10 a.m., and Wednesday market music performances are at 6 p.m. Bands performing this year include: Merriam Acoustic Railroad Joe Martin & his 12 Strings Dan Bliss Roanoke Road City Wind Ensemble Gadios Chapeaux Mark Montgomery Prairie Country Band Anchovy Fisherman Homemade Jam Julie Major Trio Tracy Allison and the Drive Rhythm Room Trio David Smart Scott Duncan Up Past 9 Sean McNoun Yakety Sax Ronni Ward Saxes Plus Peggy Chilson The Happy Wanderers A complete schedule will be available at www.merriam.org/parks or on Facebook. FA R M F R E S H R E C I P E :
Grilled Marinated Veg gies Ing red ien ts
Dir ect ion s
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FITNESS CENTER ...................................................................... Irene B. French Community Center, 1st floor 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.
...................................................................... Ready for summer? Need to re-energize a new year's resolution? Let the Irene B. French Community Center help. This small, friendly environment has all the essential equipment to help you attain your fitness and health goals.
Open Gym Regularly-scheduled open gym times are set aside each week depending on availability. Weekly schedules are available at the front desk, online at www.merriam.org/parks/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. $3 // person Daily fee — BOGO special for the summer!
Fitness Center Membership Scholarship Program Merriam residents who qualify based on income requirements may receive assistance towards membership. Each applicant/family is eligible for $100 of assistance annually through the Merriam Parks, Recreation and Community Center Foundation. More information, including applications, is available at the Irene B. French Community Center or by calling 913-322-5550. Assistance is based on available funds.
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 (1) LifeFitness recumbent bicycle (1) LifeFitness upright bicycle (1) LifeFitness ellipitical (2) SciFit total body recumbent stepper (1) LifeFitness row trainer (1)
Equipment includes a 900mHz receiver to select from your choice of three televisions.
Not ready for a membership? Try the center for a day on us! DAILY PASS FEE:
$5 // person Resident* $6 // person Non-Resident *Valid Kansas driver's license or state ID required with current Merriam address
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....................................... Personalized Fitness Assessment & Equipment Orientation
FITNESS CENTER MEMBERSHIPS
Family and individual fitness center memberships are available to both Merriam residents and non-residents, with no contracts required. Youth ages 13-15, must complete a mandatory equipment orientation with a fitness specialist and must be accompanied by a person 18 or older.
• Unlimited use of the fitness center • Open gym activities at scheduled times • Use of game room, locker and shower room privileges • Fitness center equipment orientation • Fitness evaluation by appointment with our fitness specialist • Updated personal programs MONTHLY
Free for Fitness Center Members
DAILY PASS FEE: $5 // Resident
$6 // Non-Resident
*Proof of residency required **Senior Household (60+) $225 Who qualifies for resident fees? • Any person owning taxable real estate in the City of Merriam • Any person permanently residing in the City of Merriam What can be used as proof of residency? • A valid Kansas driver’s license or state ID with current address.
Be a regular Fitness Center user and win a FREE Membership!
Each quarter, to show appreciation for “loyal” health club members who use facilities on a continuous basis throughout the year, we hold a drawing for a Fitness Center membership. One lucky member will receive a FREE “single” quarterly membership. To qualify you must be a health club member for at least two consecutive quarters.
Renew your membership online at www.merriam.org/parks.
A certified fitness specialist is available by appointment for 60 minute sessions to: • Establish appropriate weight and seat settings for all the 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.
Parks & Rec // Fitness Center
ORIENTATION & PERSONAL FITNESS
....................................... Standardized Four-Part Fitness Evaluation Designed to assess and evaluate general fitness level. These four simple fitness tasks can test your cardiovascular, upper body strength, abdominal strength and flexibility.
• Three-minute step test • One-minute sit-up test • One-minute push-up test • Hamstring flexibility test
Free for Fitness Center Members
....................................... Personal Training Hourly personal training sessions are available with Fitness Specialist Jennifer Reed: $25 // hour Members $50 // hour Non-members
....................................... Call 913-322-5550 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
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AQUATIC CENTER ....................................................................................... 6040 Slater Street, Merriam, KS 66202 // 913.322.5518 N Open seasonally, Memorial Day to Labor Day
ew hour s !
Mâ€“TH: 12-8 p.m. F: 12-7 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun: 12-6 p.m.
Visit merriam.org/parks for a complete season calendar
The Merriam Aquatic Center is close to home, fits your budget, and is healthy, family fun for all ages! Admission
Children under one-year old are FREE! Now accepting MasterCard/Visa/Discover! Daily Admission Punch Card (10 Visits)
Resident* $6 $54
Non-Resident $8 $73
*Valid driver's license or state issued identification card is required as proof of residency to qualify for rate. Cards are non-transferable and not valid after 9/4/17.
Season Passes go on sale April 4. Renew your membership online at www.merriam.org/park. Household Youth (17 & under) Adult Senior (60+)
$105 $55 $70 $55
$180* $85 $105 $85
*Limit of six members. Additional single passes available at discounted rate of $20/person for households with more than six members.
Northeast Johnson County Super Pass
Take advantage of this add-on option to visit municipal pools in Prairie Village, Mission, Fairway, Roeland Park and Leawood. There is a limit of 5 household members per Super Pass; additional members are $5 each and will receive a sticker to attach to the current pass that must be shown at visiting pools. Household Individual
Resident $60 $25
Non-Resident* $65 $30
*Non-Resident Super Pass must have been a Merriam Season Pass holder in 2016.
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Free Swim on Opening Day, May 28th! Be our guest on opening day!
The pool will open at noon and the fun in the sun will last until 6 p.m. All Merriam and Johnson County residents receive FREE admission! Bring a driver's license or state issued identification card for proof of residency.
Now Offering Concession Punch Cards! Leave your cash at home . . . punch cards available for concessions. Purchase at the front desk for $15 with a credit card!
Season Pass Scholarship Assistance
Merriam families who qualify based on income requirements may receive assistance towards a family season pass. Each family is eligible for $100 of assistance annually through the Merriam Parks, Recreation and Community Center Foundation. More information, including applications, is available at the Irene B. French Community Center or by calling 913-322-5550. Assistance is based on available funds.
Top desired amenities for outdoor aquatics:
LAZY RIVER ZERO DEPTH ENTRY WATER SLIDES LAP LANES See page 5 for more information on the future of the Merriam Aquatic Center.
Merriam Pool “alumni” launch the “Dolphin Fund” to improve access to Aquatic Center programs for low-income residents.
PARTY AT THE MAC! To schedule your party, contact Merriam Parks and Recreation at 913-322-5550 Monday–Friday. Seven-day advance reservation required. Private Party Aquatic Center Rentals Zero-depth pool and slide pool Slide pool and 50-meter pool Zero-depth pool and 50-meter pool Entire facility
$275 $275 $275 $350
From family reunions and parties to corporate retreats and celebrations, the Merriam Aquatic Center is an ideal location for your event. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, firstserved basis, beginning April 3. The facility will be available June 2 – Aug. 6, for evening rental as follows: M–TH: 8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. F: 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Sat: 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Sun: 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Party in the Park!
$50 Resident/$60 Non-Resident 8 a.m.–2 p.m. or 3–9 p.m.
• Vavra Park shelter seating for 60 with BBQ grill • Pay daily admission to Aquatic Center before or after picnic
• Group discount for parties larger than 15 • Birthday “shout out” • Shelter rental policies and regular aquatic center hours and policies apply
Ultimate Splash $130
• Admission to aquatic center for 15 • Your choice of hot dog or pizza; chips and drink for each child (you may bring your own cake)
• Reserved concession patio space • Birthday "shout out" • 90-minute time limit (Party times are scheduled for 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
After reconnecting online several years ago, a group of former Merriam Pool lifeguards, swim instructors, and swim team members from the 1960s and 70s, decided to give back to the community that originally brought them together, and honor the coach who made such a big impact on their lives. Starting with this summer’s programs, the Dolphin Fund Honoring Susan Cline will provide financial assistance to qualifying residents for Merriam Aquatic Center programming. Susan Cline called the Merriam pool her “summer home” for 15 years (1963-78) as she progressed from swim team member to lifeguard, instructor, coach and, ultimately, the pool manager. From 1974-79, Cline also coached girls swimming and taught English at Shawnee Mission North High School, also her alma mater.
Parks & Rec // Merriam Aquatic Center
Merriam’s retired Dolphins team up to provide swimming opportunities for next generation
“I am overwhelmed by the sense of family and loving support the Dolphin Fund represents,” Cline said. “What a meaningful way to ensure that more Merriam families have access to the many joys of swimming.” The initial excitement of becoming reacquainted in a Facebook “group” dedicated to the pool alumni in 2012 prompted reunions in 2013 and 2016, for which many traveled long distances. And while the original intent of getting back together was purely social, the most recent reunion added a uniquely philanthropic element. Organizers wanted to pay tribute to the woman who was their long-time swim coach, pool manager, and friend — Susan Cline. “As both our coach and our boss for so many years, Susan was the supportive, unifying element throughout our teenage lives,” said organizer Steve Sears. “Ensuring affordable access to swimming lessons and swim team participation is the perfect way to honor her legacy.” The group set out to establish a charitable fund that provides financial assistance to qualifying residents for Merriam Aquatic Center programming — in the spirit of the person who was so influential on their formative years. They named it the Dolphin Fund Honoring Susan Cline. The pool “alumni” group commits to providing both initial and ongoing financial support for the fund, but local residents and others are also encouraged to donate. Merriam residents interested in accessing the funds to help pay for swimming lessons and swim team fees can apply at the Irene B. French Community Center beginning April 3, 2107. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about donating or applying to the fund, contact the Merriam Parks & Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 or visit www.merriam.org/scholarships.
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DOLPHINS REGISTRATION ................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT April 3, 2017 913.322.5550 www.merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center ................................................................................................................................................................... Register on or before May
for early bird fees!
Athletes can choose to swim only, dive only or swim and dive for the same fee! Swim caps provided in fees. Athletes will need a blue suit (swimoutlet.com). Information is available under the Aquatic Center tab at www.merriam.org/park. Parent communication is through Team Unity; instruction presented at registration. MANDATORY PARENTS MEETING: May 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center TEAM
Pre-Competitive Swim & Dive Team
Competitive Swim & Dive Team
Additional Children (same family)
PRACTICES ARE HELD MONDAY–FRIDAY FROM JUNE 1–JULY 14 SWIM PRACTICE TIME
DIVE PRACTICE TIME
Pre-Competitive 9:30–10:30 a.m. Competitive 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Beginner 8:45–9:30 a.m. Intermediate 9:30–10:30 a.m.
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 is not intended to be swim lessons. A qualified swimmer should be able to swim across the pool (25 yards). They do not need to know all four strokes.
Competitive Swim This team is designed for higher level swimmers that are able to swim 50 yards without stopping and know all four strokes.
Advanced 10:30–11:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather cancellations, notice will be given through Team Unify by 7:30 a.m. for Competitive Swim and Beginning Diving and 9 a.m. for Pre-Competitive Swim and Intermediate and Advanced Diving. Information on Team Unify is provided at the parents meeting.
MEET SCHEDULES PRE-COMPETITIVE SWIM
Saturdays Warm-ups 8 a.m.
Thursdays Warm-ups 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays Warm-ups 5:30 p.m.
June 10 @ Roeland Park June 17 @ Home June 24 @ Olathe July 1 @ Home
June 8 @ Prairie Village June 15 @ Fairway June 22 @ Home June 29 @ Roeland Park July 6 @ Home
June 6 @ Home June 13 @ Lenexa June 20 @ Home June 27 @ Home July 5 @ Prairie Village
July 12 @ Olathe All City (Wednesday)
July 8 @ Shawnee All City (Saturday)
• Warm Up at 7:00 a.m. • Meet Starts at 8:15 a.m. • Rain Date: July 13
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• Warm Up at 7 a.m. • Meet Starts at 8 a.m. • Rain Date: July 9
Level 3 – Stroke Development
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement
Classes are held in the zero-depth entry pool and are designed for children 6 months to 3 years of age and their parents to familiarize and orient young children to the water. Parents will also learn valuable water safety information to keep little ones safe.
Skill pre–requisites for this class involve the child being able to jump into the water unassisted. Students will learn front crawl, elementary backstroke, survival float, scissor kick, dolphin kick, headfirst entry into water from seated position and fundamentals of treading water.
Classes are held in the zero-depth entry pool and are designed for children 4 and 5 years of age to promote fundamental water safety and aquatic skills for children who do not need assistance in the water by an adult.
Skill pre–requisite for this class involve the child being able to comfortably tread water for 2 minutes. Students will improve their skills and increase endurance by swimming basic strokes of front crawl and elementary backstroke for greater distance. Students learn the arm movements with scissor kick for sidestroke, the back crawl, breast–stroke, butterfly basics, basics of turning at a wall and diving from standing is introduced.
Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills
Class is held in the 3–foot deep area of the pool and is recommended for children 6 years of age. Students will learn basic personal water safety information and elementary aquatic skills to help them feel comfortable in the water. No skill pre-requisites for this class.
Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Skill pre–requisites for this class involve the child being able to comfortably put their face into water. Students will learn fundamental aquatic skills. Skills taught include: floating without support and recover to vertical, foundation for future strokes, and stepping or jumping into the water. This level marks the beginning of true swimming skills.
Swim Lesson Schedule CLASS
One–on–one lessons are perfect for those that desire individual attention or an adult wanting to learn to swim. Classes are 30 minutes in length and will be developed to meet your needs.
The zero depth pool will open at 10:30 a.m. during swim lessons from June 12 – July 20. Regular admission rates apply.
SESSION 1 – A.M.
SESSION 1 – P.M.
SESSION 2 – A.M.
SESSION 2 – P.M.
SESSION 1S – SAT
July 8–August 5 Saturdays
CLASS # CLASS # CLASS #
CLASS # CLASS #
Parks & Rec // Swim Lessons
Parks & Rec // Swim Lessons
210101D2 210102E2 210103F2
210101D3 210102E3 210103F3
210101D4 210102E4 210103F4
*No classes will be held on June 22
$75/session All lessons last 30 minutes.
SESSION 1 – A.M.
SESSION 1 – P.M.
SESSION 2 – A.M.
SESSION 2 – P.M.
SESSION 1S – SAT
SESSION 2S – SAT
June 3–July 8* Saturdays
July 15–Aug 5 Saturdays
210109J4 210109J5 210109J6
210109J9 210109K0 210109K1
210109H0 210109H1 210109H2 210109H3
210109H7 210109H8 210109H9 210109J0
*No classes will be held on June 17 or July 1.
10:40–11:10 a.m. 210109J7 210109J8
10:40–11:10 a.m. 210109K2 210109K3
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Parks & Rec // Youth REGISTRATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT 913.322.5550 www.merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 3, 2017 ....................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted.
Challenger Sports Soccer Camp
Using elements of our most popular camp program and 1,000 touches curriculum, the Player Development Program places a higher emphasis on individual skills development, including core techniques, foot skills and one-on-one skills. Players will get to apply their new skills during small, sided games and our Camp World Cup. The Player Development Program is suitable for all skill levels and campers will be separated by age. Campers will also spend time learning about respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Register at registration.challengersports.com or by calling 913.599.4884. Location: Waterfall Park, 5191 Merriam Drive
The Ki Society
Enjoy a new experience by learning the five disciplines of the Ki Society. These include Ki-Breathing, Ki-Meditation, Aikido, Kiatsu, and Bell Meditation, which can be lifelong activities, and promote a fundamental awareness of the natural state of being. Please wear clothing appropriate for mild exercise. Instructor: Montgomery
Let’s spend a morning pretending to be forensic investigators with the Merriam Police Department. Learn the skills of observation and learn to solve crimes by gathering evidence — including finger printing, collecting DNA, dusting for prints, photography and more. Instructor: Merriam Police Officers CLASS
Challenger Soccer Camp
Challenger Soccer Camp
The Ki Society
The Ki Society
Minecraft Masters Engr.
Intro to STEM
Game Room *No class on July 4
Play-Well programs introduce kids to concepts of engineering, architecture, physics and fun with LEGO ®. Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO ® pieces! Build engineerdesigned projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Minecraft and LEGO ®, or a seasoned veteran, you'll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities. Instructor: Play-Well staff
Minecraft Masters Engineering
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO ®! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based camp, designed by PlayWell instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs, based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO ®. Instructor: Play-Well staff
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DROP MIN/ IN MAX
May 16–June 27 $35
July 11–Aug 22
Sat. June 24
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO ® pieces! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults and merry-go-rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique designs. New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO ® building system with the guidance of an experienced PlayWell instructor. There is no prerequisite for this course. Instructor: Play-Well staff
STEM Challenge with LEGO®
Power up your engineering skills with PlayWell TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO ® pieces! Apply real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as catapults, pneumatic cranes, arch bridges and battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. Instructor: Play-Well staff
Park Passport Program
July 1–August 6 // Six parks across the metro! Are you ready for a FREE, FUN FAMILY summer challenge? Join the Northeast Johnson County cities of Fairway, Leawood, Merriam, Mission, Prairie Village and Roeland Park in celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month with a Park Passport Program! From July 1 until August 6 you are challenged to visit one designated park in each city to complete the passport. Completed entries will be eligible for great prizes! Park Passports will be available electronically online at www.merriam.org/park or you can pick one up at the Irene B. French Community Center.
Preschool Indoor Playground
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.
Parks & Rec // Youth
Intro to STEM with LEGO®
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.
PRESCHOOL PACKAGE #2 Includes the preschool playground setup in the gym plus the use of a multi-purpose room with maximum seating of 75. $144 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $180 // NON-RESIDENT Intended for children ages 5 and under.
GAME ROOM PACKAGE Includes use of all activities and equipment in game room, and a separate party room with seating for 24. Game room includes a pool table, ping-pong 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.
SPORTS PACKAGE Includes the gymnasium and a separate party room with seating for 24 people. Equipment available for basketball, volleyball and pickleball.
Too warm to play outside at the park? Come in, ride around and slide with us. Drive, pull or push your favorite Little Tykes vehicles, jump in the bouncies, or make-believe in the kitchen, at carpenter bench, or work with your favorite garden tools, i.e. leaf blower, wheel barrel and rake. Parents must supervise their own children during playground time.
$60 // MERRIAM RESIDENT $70 // NON-RESIDENT
Intended for children ages 5 and up.
$2 // child. Punch cards available: $10 for 10 visits.
Every Tuesday, all-year round!
Our game room is available for use on a “drop-in” basis. The game room includes lounge furniture, a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table, Wii® gaming station with Wii® sports, and a 52” high-definition television. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older. Daily Fee: $2 // person. Use of game room equipment is included.
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Parks & Rec // Adult Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted.
Learn basic belly dance techniques while building flexibility and stamina. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or dance slippers. Instructor: Field
Exercise your body while freeing your mind from the stresses of everyday life. Take a mid-day break and treat yourself to the break you deserve, while enhancing your body. This classes uses props such as blocks and blankets to assure proper form and body alignment. Focus on yourself and leave stress at the door. Instructor: Duran
This class builds on the belly dance technique and concepts taught in Beginning Belly Dance. Work on flexibility and stamina, combinations, layers and choreography, as well as group improvisational format belly dance. Performance opportunities are offered throughout the year. Experience required. Please email the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Instructor: Field
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Fat Burn Challenge
No guts, no glory in this total body workout! This class incorporates drills designed to enhance agility, speed, power, strength and quickness. There will be a variety of circuits that include cardio and weight lifting. Each class will cover all your fitness needs. Instructor: Cullum
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 with older students or those with ongoing chronic conditions, this slower paced yoga class is gentle and works to provide increased mobility and decrease pain levels. A doctor’s note is requested. Instructor: Duran
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: Duran
Iyengar Yoga–Level 2
For continuing yoga students who participated in a Iyengar Yoga Level 1 two or more times, OR have previous yoga experience. Instructor: Duran
Iyengar Yoga–Level 3
For those students able to do inversions with ease at the wall. Instructor: Duran
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Enjoy a new experience by learning the five disciplines of the Ki Society. These include Ki-Breathing, Ki-Meditation, Aikido, Kiatsu, and Bell Meditation, which can be lifelong skill that promotes a fundamental awareness of our natural state. Please wear clothing appropriate for mild exercise.
Pickleball: Drop-in Play
Part tennis, part badminton, part ping pong — all fun! This easy-to-learn, eye-hand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity nationwide. All equipment provided; just bring a partner and a fun attitude!
Aikido is a non-competitive form of Japanese Budo, a way of study including both physical and mental training. The word Aikido can be loosely translated as "the way of harmony with nature or universal energy.” It is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. Yoshokai Aikido movements are precise, yet dynamic and energetic. Its basis in the fighting arts of the Samurai is apparent in the powerful throws, pins and weapons (tanto, bokken, and jo) techniques. This class emphasizes moving in harmony with others to eventually strive to create harmony with nature. Instructor: Duran
Rain Barrel Workshop
When you use a rain barrel, you are capturing chlorine-free water for use in your yard that would otherwise go down storm sewers or into areas of your property where it is not needed. They also divert water away from your house ck Fl i that might otherwise leak into the on hD a l P e h h oto: S foundation and potentially cause flooding. Merriam landowners have the opportunity to apply for a reimbursement grant for installing and using a rain barrel. Applications can be found on the city's website or at City Hall and must be submitted to Community Development. r
Challenge yourself and develop sharp hips, gorgeous arms and smooth undulations that make belly dance so much fun and such great exercise. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or dance slippers, and get ready to build strength, grace and have a lot of fun. Instructor: Field
The Ki Society
Saturday, April 29 from 10–11 a.m. $65 Instructor: Bridging the Gap Location: Merriam Marketplace
Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT 913.322.5550 www.merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 3, 2017 ................................................................................................................................................................. CLASS
Belly Dance–Intermediate 220807B3 16+ Belly Dance–Intermediate 220807B4 16+ Belly Dance–Advanced
Fat Burn Challenge
Fat Burn Challenge
Iyengar Yoga–Level 1
Iyengar Yoga–Level 1
Iyengar Yoga–Level 2
Iyengar Yoga–Level 2
Iyengar Yoga–Level 3
Iyengar Yoga–Level 3
The Ki Society
The Ki Society
220904B8 16+ –
*No class on May 20 or 29
Pickleball Rain Barrel Workshop
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May 16–June 27
July 11–Aug. 22
May 16–June 27
July 11–Aug. 22
May 17–June 28
July 12–Aug. 23
May 16–June 29
July 11–Aug. 24
May 8–June 26*
July 10–Aug. 21
May 18–June 29
July 13–Aug. 24
May 17–June 28
July 12–Aug. 23
May 16–June 27
July 11–Aug. 22
May 8–June 26*
July 10–Aug. 21
May 16–June 29
July 11–Aug. 24
May 16–June 27
July 11–Aug. 22
May 18–June 29
July 13–Aug. 24
May 13–July 1*
July 15–Aug. 26
Saturday, April 29
Parks & Rec // Adult Classes
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Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs & Classes All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted.
B.I.N.G.O. Congregate Meals Monday–Friday Participate in the Johnson County Nutrition Program at the Irene B. French Community Center. This noon meal program is offered on weekdays; home delivered meals are available for anyone who is unable to come to the meal site. For information about the program, or for a reservation, please contact the site manager at 913-677-2048. A donation for meals is requested.
Merriam 50+ Club 1st & 3rd Fridays
Meet at the Irene B. French Community Center on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Join your friends and neighbors for food, fun, and a weekly program. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Cecil Waage at 913-236-9866.
Bi-Monthly Newsletter Merriam Parks and Recreation Department sends out a newsletter with listings of bi-monthly special events, programs and classes, dedicated to the 50 and better age group. To be placed on the mailing list call 913-322-5550.
Second Thursdays // 1:30–3:30 p.m. May 11: Fiesta Bingo July 13: Fourth of July Bingo August 10: S'mores All “Bs,” I–29, Black out … we call them all and celebrate with a different theme each month. Players receive three cards for 15 different games, plus a snack and beverages. Prizes include gift cards and consumables. Don’t miss out on shouting “BINGO!” $3 // person
Thursday, June 8 // 12–3 p.m. It’s summertime and you know what that means? Time for our annual barbeque potluck BINGO! We provide the hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages, and you bring a side dish (potato salad, baked beans, veggies and dip, chips, etc.) to share. We’ll all visit and eat AND still play 15 games of Bingo! $4 // Person Class #230201S4 Register by Tuesday, June 6.
Octave Chanute visits Merriam Tuesday, May 2 // 1:30 p.m.
He’s the man who put Kansas City on the map and the Wright Brothers in the air! Come celebrate Older Americans Month with us and see Mr. Chanute, as portrayed in a first-person reenactment by local historian Bill Nicks. Learn how Chanute designed and built Kansas City’s Hannibal Bridge; the first railroad bridge over the Missouri River. He also platted the City of Lenexa in 1869, mentored the Wright Brothers, had a town in SE Kansas named for him, and much, much more. FREE
Silver Screen Matinée
Wednesdays // 1 p.m.
Let’s all go to the movies!
Join us every Wednesday for a recent release or an old favorite. Schedules are available at the front desk and highlighted in the bi-monthly “Boomer Buzz” newsletter. Bring a friend or neighbor, sit back and we’ll do the rest. Free popcorn provided the last showing of each month. Movies subject to change due to availability. FREE
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Parks & Rec // 50+ Programs
Registration begins on CALL ONLINE VISIT 913.322.5550 www.merriam.org/park Irene B. French Community Center April 3, 2017 ...................................................................................................................................................................... All programs are located at the Irene B. French Community Center, unless otherwise noted.
Ageless Yoga Yoga, more than any other exercise, can be tailored to fit seniors. Often this age group suffers from multiple conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis and poor sleep. Yoga can help alleviate these conditions by combining poses with relaxation and breathing techniques to improve overall health. Instructor: McMillan
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) Formerly Flexercise
Keep moving with this low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. This recreational, chair-based exercise class includes rangeof-motion activities that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. Registration not required. $3 donation suggested. $3 donation is suggested. Registration is not required.
Chair One This is a gentle form of practicing yoga postures while sitting or standing, using a chair for support. It is beneficial for anyone as it increases flexibility improves strength and reduces tension. In addition to the poses, breathing techniques are also part of the practice. All classes end with a short period of deep relaxation. Instructor: Duran/McDowell
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 the Chair One class are required prior to joining this program.
Pickleball Pickleball combines skills used in tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is a fun, easy-to-learn game that provides a new way to be active and get exercise. Equipment provided.
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. Whether you’re a semi-pro or a newbie, either way you’re sure to have fun. If bowling is “right up your alley,” this is the game for you. All equipment provided.
Ageless Yoga 230803D7
Ageless Yoga 230803D8
*No class on May 29
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July 12–August 23
May 17–June 30
July 12–August 25
May 16–June 29
July 11–August 24
May 12–June 9
June 23–July 21
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FE ATUR ED PAR K
Campbell Park 9674 W. 61st Street
Brown Memorial Park
5040 BOOKER DRIVE
9674 W. 61ST STREET
6300 CARTER AVENUE
Merriam Historic Plaza
6304 E. FRONTAGE ROAD
5740 MERRIAM DRIVE
Quail Creek Park
7024 GRANDVIEW AVENUE
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail
MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS
6114 SLATER STREET
5750 MERRIAM DRIVE
6501 ANTIOCH ROAD
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Daily park hours are from Sunrise to Sunset
Since the City strives to create places that invite interaction between neighbors and visitors, Campbell Park hosts a Party in Your Park event each summer — scheduled for Aug. 18 from 6–8 p.m. this year. We invite you to explore Campbell Park and enjoy the improvements made to create a place you will want to visit time and time again.
In 1976, Drainage District members wanted to allow public access to this 1.16-acre piece of land for a picnic area, but based on authority, was not able to provide this opportunity. A unique partnership began taking shape between the Drainage District and the City regarding the liability for public access. Finally, a three-party agreement between the Drainage District, the City and Merriam Community Association allowed for the creation of the park. The Drainage District supplied the land, and the City was responsible for maintenance and installation of park furnishings, which were provided by the Community Association. Original furnishings included picnic tables and a stationary sandbox; a playground was later added.
In 2011, a double-bay swing set was installed with a safety surface. The playground was upgraded in 2013 to a PlayBooster design featuring slides, climbers, bridges, ramps and enclosures. With these improvements completed, the Merriam Park Cub Scouts Pack 3127 applied in 2015 to be the “Adopt-A-Park” sponsors for Campbell Park. This sponsorship continues today with scouts dedicating time on a regular basis to picking up trash and debris. More improvements are scheduled for 2017 and will include a new monument sign with landscape improvements, upgrades to park rule signage, and concrete pads under existing picnic tables.
Campbell Park, originally referred to as “Old Horseshoe Bend” is located where 61st Street meets Turkey Creek, on land that is owned by both the City of Merriam and the Merriam Drainage District of Johnson County. Looking across the creek, one can see the remains of an access road that was once an east/west thoroughfare.
Named after David Gee Campbell, the man credited with establishing Merriam’s first community of 20 homes here in approximately 1864, Campbell Park has seen many improvements in its 42 years! Today the City provides all of the park’s equipment and improvements. The park provides access to the Streamway Trail but also has areas for rest and reflection.
STREAMWAY TRAIL ACCESS
Over the past several years, various improvements have been made within all the parks. In an effort to raise awareness of these improvements we challenge residents to explore the selected park and let us know about your visit @facebook/MerriamParksandRecreation.
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Parks & Rec // Merriam Parks
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail
Merriam Parks & Trail Map W 47TH ST
CITY PARK TRAIL HEAD LOCATIONS ANTIOCH RD
W 49 TH ST
W 51ST ST
Waterfall Park Merriam Marketplace Campbell Park Chatlain Park 75th Street
TURKEY CREEK STREAMWAY TRAIL
Paved parking and access points are provided at the 75th Street entrance, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, and Waterfall Park. The trail continues into Overland Park by traveling along Antioch.
W 53 RD ST
The section of trail that follows Turkey Creek in Merriam is approximately 4 miles of paved, multi-use trail running from 75th Street to Antioch Road. The Merriam trail route passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden, the AT&T pocket park and several larger neighborhood parks.
Turkey Creek Streamway Trail Distances between locations in miles.
Trail mileage markers are available every 1/2 mile. Emergency (E911) trail markers are available every 1/4 mile.
SHAWNEE MISSION PKWY
W 67TH ST
I-35 W 75 ST TH
WATERFALL W 71ST ST
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CITY OF MERRIAM, KANSAS 9001 W. 62ND STREET MERRIAM, KS 66202-2815
Registration begins for Parks & Rec classes “Bits and Pieces” Opening Reception, 7 p.m. IBFCC City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. City Hall Large-Item Pickup City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. City Hall Joint meeting of City Council, Recreation Facilities Steering Committee, and the Merriam Parks & Rec Advisory Board to discuss recreation facilities, 7 p.m. IBFCC
APRIL 3 APRIL 6 APRIL 10 APRIL 17–22 APRIL 24 APRIL 25
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“Art from the Heart” Opening Reception, 7 p.m., IBFCC Wednesday Farmers’ Market opens for the season, 5 – 8 p.m. Summer Sundays Food Trucks, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., MMP Party in YOUR Park, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Brown Park City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Merriam Parks & Rec Advisory Board Meeting, 6 p.m., IBFCC
JULY 1-8 JULY 4 JULY 4 JULY 6 JULY 7 JULY 10 JULY 21 JULY 24 JULY 25 JULY 28
Flag 4 Freedom, Merriam Marketplace Independence Day: City Hall and IBFCC closed Free Patriotic Concert, 1 p.m., MMP “Past, Present and Future” Opening Reception, 7 p.m., IBFCC TGIFF: Thank Goodness It’s Food Truck Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., MMP City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Party in YOUR Park, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Quail Creek City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Merriam Parks & Rec Advisory Board Meeting, 6 p.m., IBFCC Pool Party Palooza, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Merriam Aquatic Center
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Merriam Farmers' Market opens for the season, 7 a.m–1 p.m. MMP Summer Sundays Food Trucks, 4:30–7:30 p.m. MMP City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. City Hall Turkey Creek 5k, 8–10 a.m. IBFCC Turkey Creek Festival, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antioch Park City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Merriam Parks & Rec Advisory Board Meeting, 6 p.m., IBFCC Merriam Aquatic Center opens, 12 – 6 p.m., Merriam Aquatic Center Memorial Day: City Hall and IBFCC closed
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“Agglomeration People, Places and Things” Opening Reception, 7 p.m., IBFCC Cruise Night, 6:30–8:30 p.m., MMP City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall Party in YOUR Park, 6–8 p.m., Campbell Park Merriam Parks & Rec Advisory Board Meeting, 6 p.m., IBFCC City Council Meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall
For more information about any of the dates or events listed above, please call 913-322-5500 or visit our website at www.merriam.org.
Published on Mar 31, 2017
Merriam Highlights and Recreation is a publication mailed to all residents and businesses in the City of Merriam three times per year.