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MERRIAM 2 0 2 0 Com munity & Visitor Guide
Features: 12 | Nature In the City 16 | Guest Feature: Family Weekend in Merriam 18 | Musically Merriam
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WELCOME TO MERRIAM, KANSAS!
What’s Inside 4 MERRIAM...WHAT’S WHAT 6 EVENT CALENDAR 8 HISTORIC MOMENTS 12 NATURE IN THE CITY 16 GUEST FEATURE: FAMILY
WEEKEND IN MERRIAM
18 MUSICALLY MERRIAM 20 MERRIAM COMMUNITY
22 FARMERS’ MARKET FRESH 23 VISITOR LISTINGS 30 #LOCAL LOVE
Connect With Us @exploremerriam
We hope you enjoy our charming town – the historic buildings, twinkling holiday lights, summertime flower baskets, interesting art pieces, the stunning new Merriam Community Center campus, and everything in between. While I love all that Merriam has to offer our residents and guests, here’s my personal list of favorites for you to try while in town: 1. Walk the beautiful Streamway Trail meandering along Turkey Creek. 2. Visit our Saturday morning farmers’ market at Merriam Marketplace (May-September). 3. Explore our town’s history with the Otocast app – it’s free and offers fascinating audio narrative of Merriam’s most memorable moments. 4. Try the new coffee cake at Strawberry Hill Povitica bakery – it’s delicious and there are always free samples. 5. Stop by the Visitors Bureau office at Merriam Historic Plaza for a map, postcard, or friendly referral from staff! Whether you’re a visitor, new resident, or a townie who’s called Merriam home your whole life, we’re happy to have you #ExploreMerriam. Stay for a bit or linger a little longer – either way, we hope you love Merriam as much as we do! Ken Sissom Mayor, City of Merriam MERRIAM VISITORS BUREAU 6304 East Frontage Road Merriam, KS 66202 913.403.8999 exploremerriam.com
The 2020 Merriam Community & Visitor Guide is produced in-house by the Merriam Visitors Bureau for the benefit of our residents and the visiting public. The guide is funded by paid advertisements and a portion of the transient guest tax collected from Merriam hotel visitors. No residential tax dollars are used to support this publication. exploremerriam.com | 3
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Whether you’re a first-timer or a long-time local – these pages give you the “what’s what” about Merriam. Please enjoy our city’s helpful resources, interesting fun facts, a detailed street map, and more!
Four hotels with over 400 rooms
“One of the most tourist-friendly cities in the U.S." – Expedia
Super Bowl LIV Champions!
by David Gee Campbell (we used to be called Campbellton)
Flower baskets GALORE!
Come see these beauties this summer!
Ron Swanson is not our Parks & Rec Director Neither is this guy
Love who you love — we love everybody. 11,232 YEAR-ROUND RESIDENTS
Merriam is pet-friendly! 15 Historic Landmarks & Sites
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We have cool merch.
100 Team Merriam rockstars
SQUARE MILES Artsy stuff: See your reflection and take a selfie with “Planting the Seeds” at Merriam Marketplace.
Our NEW Community Center opens in 2020!
10 parks with 6.5 miles of trails
Take a hike! Turkey Creek Streamway Trail flows right through Merriam.
“A top 100 Best Small Towns" – Livability
KC INT’L. AIRPORT (MCI) 816.243.5237 / flykci.com RIDEKC (BUS) 816.221.0660 / ridekc.org KC STREETCAR 816.221.0660 / kcstreetcar.org AMTRAK 800.872.7245 / amtrak.com AVIS 913.722.1730 / avis.com ENTERPRISE 913.262.8888 / enterprise.com 10/10 TAXI 913.647.0010 / 1010taxi.com VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS: Baron BMW,
MERRIAM VISITORS BUREAU 913.403.8999 MERRIAM CITY HALL 913.322.5500 MERRIAM COMMUNITY CENTER 913.322.5550 POLICE NON-EMERGENCY: 913.782.0720 | 913.322.5560 ADVENT HEALTH SHAWNEE MISSION 913.676.2000 NEJC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 913.262.2141 SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT 913.993.6200 JOHNSON COUNTY LIBRARY - ANTIOCH 913.826.4600 POST OFFICE 800.275.8777
Hendrick Nissan, Antioch Park, AdventHealth
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S T N E EV Summer PARTY IN YOUR PARK June 19 | Quail Creek Park July 17 | Campbell Park Exploring Merriam’s parks has never been easier or more fun! Free food, live music, and great people = fantastic family outing. See page 23 for park addresses.
Spring HEARTLAND ARTIST EXHIBITION March 7–28 | Tim Murphy Art Gallery Now in its 24th year, this juried art show features works from across the nation and is Merriam’s largest annual event at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. BRUNCH WITH THE BUNNY April 4 | Irene B. French Community Center Grab your basket and bonnet and hop on over to visit the Easter Bunny as we celebrate Easter and the spring season. Story time with the Johnson County Library, crafts, games, a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast, and a fun Easter egg hunt will be part of the festivities. TURKEY CREEK FESTIVAL May 16 | Antioch Park Turkey Creek Festival is the place for family fun! Enjoy kids activities, plenty of carnival-inspired eats, a wide assortment of vendors, live music, paddle boats, and much more. Antioch Park will be bustling with tons to see and do. For extra Turkey Creek fun, join the 5K run in downtown Merriam at 8 a.m.
FLAGS 4 FREEDOM June 27–July 11 | Merriam Marketplace Merriam’s most patriotic event, Flags 4 Freedom, transforms our downtown into a beautiful display of red, white, and blue as 1,500+ flags fly in perfect rows to honor our nation. Visit flags4freedom.org to view the schedule of events. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT / PARTY IN YOUR PARK August 4 | Waterfall Park Meet Merriam police officers at this Party in Your Park event. Promoting neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships, this popular gathering is great for families, neighbors, and visitors to connect with the community. CRUISE NIGHT August 8 | Merriam Marketplace Shine up your snazzy car or truck and head to downtown Merriam for the 2020 Cruise Night. Enjoy live music and plenty of miles up and down Merriam Drive. SUNSHINE SCAVENGER HUNT May – September | Across Merriam See page 29 for details.
Farmers’ Market Saturdays, May – September | 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Merriam Marketplace
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Find fresh produce, garden staples, home baked goods, handmade crafts, and other local items each Saturday at the Merriam Farmers’ Market. Plus, live music or kids activities every week at 10 a.m. Learn more on page 22.
TURKEY CREEK CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW September 12 | Merriam Marketplace This annual show features music, food, and plenty of beautiful cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display in downtown Merriam on the second Saturday in September.
HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ART COMPETITION Dec. 3â€“Jan. 2 | Merriam Community Center Discover the most talented young artists in the Kansas City region at this annual juried art exhibition.
MERRIAM DRIVE LIVE October 3 | Merriam Marketplace Live local musicians, a beer garden, kids activities, vendors, and more take over Merriam Drive for this day-long music festival in downtown Merriam. HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS October 24 | Merriam Marketplace Gather your ghosts, goblins, and witches for an afternoon of Halloween games, a photo booth, and the annual parade and costume contest.
MAYORâ€™S TREE LIGHTING December 4 | Merriam Community Center Join Mayor Ken Sissom as he lights the beautiful Christmas tree at the new Merriam Community Center and stay for a visit with Santa! BREAKFAST WITH SANTA December 5 | Merriam Community Center The morning is full of holiday fun, story time with the Johnson County Library, elf crafts, and a visit with Santa!
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Historic Merriam Moments: Shawnee Friends Mission The early history of this community began between 1826 and 1833 when the Shawnee Indians were moved into the region from their settlements in the more desirable regions of Ohio and Missouri. They established themselves along the banks of the Kansas River and surrounding tributaries, including Turkey Creek in Merriam. Local missionaries worked to convert the Shawneesâ€™ to Christianity. The Quakers (The Society of Friends) had worked hard among the Shawnee in the Ohio Valley, and, as the tribe moved to lands that would become Johnson County, the Quakers followed and built a mission in 1836.
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In 1833, a committee of three Quakers visited the Shawnee in preparation for the mission school. They received 320 acres, most of which is within the city limits of present day Merriam. In 1837, Moses Pearson and his wife made the difficult journey by covered wagon to open the school located at what is now 61st and Hemlock St. in Merriam. In 1845, a three-story building was built to accommodate the growing enrollment. The Society of Friends also sought to change the Shawnee by assigning English names to children who attended the school and giving them English-style clothing to wear. The children were clothed and fed completely at the expense of the mission. Although the Quakers forbade the children to speak their
The Shawnee Friends Mission, in operation from 18371871, was the longest lasting mission. A Daughters of the American Revolution marker commemorates this site near Shawnee Mission Parkway, just north of the Hendrick Chevrolet buildings.
Shawnee Indian Mission Site in Fairway
Just east of Merriam along Shawnee Mission Parkway, visitors can stop and enjoy the Shawnee Indian Mission. This site, like many other missions, was established as a
native language, some sources indicate that Shawnee Chief and Methodist Minister Reverend Charles Bluejacket visited the school and read to the children in their native tongue. The Shawnee children lived, worked, and prayed with the Quaker missionary families. They spent six hours per day in the classroom and several hours doing manual labor. The entire community, both Friends and Shawnee, participated in worship, education, Bible study, and meditation together, a style very different from the repetitious method of learning and preaching used at other missions.
manual training school attended by boys and girls from Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. Visit this 12-acre National Historic Landmark at 3403 W. 53rd St. in Fairway, KS.
School enrollment reached its peak in 1864 with 76 pupils. In its later years, the mission was primarily a school for Shawnee orphans. As the Shawnee gradually left the area, the necessity for a school lessened, and the mission closed in 1870.
VISIT: Historic Kansas Marker at Chatlain Park, 6300 Carter Ave. GO: Bluejacket Sculpture at Herman Laird Park, 11500 Johnson Drive in Shawnee. EXPLORE: Download the Otocast app and select the Merriam Interactive History Tour! exploremerriam.com | 9
Explore Merriam’s Interactive History Tour Walk through pivotal moments in our City’s history and listen to tales of the past. Using the Otocast app, the tour offers a brief summary of 12 significant sites and attractions across our city. It includes then-and-now photos, dynamic audio narratives, and a convenient map to navigate between sites. There’s even a social feature to share your discoveries with others! Download this free app now and transport yourself into Merriam’s fascinating past. Learn more at exploremerriam.com/historytour
Originally built in 1888 to house both black and white students, the school district began segregating students in 1900.
Brown helped organize efforts, which led to the 1954 landmark case Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed segregation in all American public schools.
New in 2020! Play to Win! Now you can explore Merriam’s history and win a prize. It’s fun and easy to play along: 1. Download the Otocast app on Google Play or the App Store. 2. Select the Merriam Interactive History Tour. 3. Click the trophy on the map (upper left corner) and complete the instructions. 4. Visit the five locations we’ve pre-selected for you (make sure your device location is turned ON). The app notifies us when you've visited five locations, and you'll earn a prize!
Visit Five, Win a Prize!
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More History in the Metro Merriam’s not the only town steeped in history and notable happenings. Check out these visitor-favorite historic sites and attractions across the metro!
WWI Museum theworldwar.org
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.
Shawnee Town shawneetown.org
Shawnee Town 1929 invites visitors to experience a typical day in and around the farm community of Shawnee, Kansas, in the 1920s through authentic and engaging exhibits, programs, events, and historical collections.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm mahaffie.org
As the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm offers unique experiences and opportunities that engage visitors of all ages in discovering 1860s farming, life on the Kansas frontier, and stagecoach travel.
TWA Museum twamuseum.com
From 1930 to 2001, TWA played a major role in commercial aviation development. This museum in the north part of downtown Kansas City strives to provide information about the airline’s story and history, offering both fascinating displays and interactive educational opportunities.
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in the City
Nestled just eight miles from the downtown skyscrapers, bustling streets, and the busy districts of the metro, youâ€™ll also find tranquil and breathtaking natural beauty. One of our beloved resident photographers, Jim Russell, captures an astonishing collection of images throughout the year, which helps us to appreciate Merriam from the beautiful angle of his lens. Check out Jimâ€™s favorite nature photos in and around Merriam!
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Making Family Memories in Merriam: A guest editorial by Sierra Redmond
As a military family, we've had the pleasure of living from coast to coast, but no experience is as unique as the heart of the American Midwest. When I think of the Midwest, I think of smaller towns, BBQ to die for, and a family-friendly atmosphere. So, when we had the chance to cross more Midwestern towns off our family travel bucket list, visiting Merriam, Kansas, was a no-brainer for us. Merriam is in the suburbs and a gateway to the Kansas City region. At around a three-hour drive from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; a two-hour drive from Fort Riley, Kansas; and a 45-minute drive from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, this growing suburb makes the perfect weekend destination for Midwestern-stationed military and families looking to get away.
“Merriam is the quintessential Midwestern town with big city offerings.” The best way that I could describe Merriam is the quintessential Midwestern town with big city offerings. At first glance, we were pleasantly surprised with the variety of modern offerings tied into such a historical area. Whether you want to shop at IKEA, enjoy a mom and pop dining experience like local favorite Pegah’s, or enjoy an outdoor lifestyle at one of the many trails and outdoor spaces, it’s all here.
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Our first stop was the stunning Visitors Bureau. One of the many things that they've done right is hospitality. The Bureau is an attraction within itself. We were welcomed warmly by the amazing staff and invited to stay awhile in the gorgeously manicured public spaces. After a three-hour ride, we were more than happy to take a break and discover the grounds a bit.
yourself a favor and visit. Not only will you learn about the family business, but you’ll delight in over 14 flavors of FREE samples and watch as bakers make it by hand.
“Where history and a modern look collide.”
Weekends in Merriam are a prime time to visit. There’s no shortage of things to do and see. On the weekend that we visited, we got up close and personal with classic automobiles at the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show. This was in conjunction with the Saturday Farmers' Market, where we were able to purchase local goods and handmade crafts from local artisans. I was pleased to find families of all ages, from grandparents to toddlers, enjoying the festivities. Merriam makes the perfect destination for a quick generational getaway and much needed bonding time with the grandparents.
The Merriam Historic Plaza and Visitors Bureau features a brief walking path where history and a modern look collide. The outdoor walking path showcases plaques that pay homage to Merriam’s rich history. If you’re a history buff like we are, you may consider downloading the Otocast app for a FREE and easyto-use historical audio tour of the city. There are 12 amazing sites on the app to visit that you don’t want to miss, including Brown Park dedicated in honor of Esther Brown, a civil rights activist who is most notable for desegregation in Merriam and across Kansas. As another option, ask the Visitors Bureau staff about participating in the Sunshine Scavenger Hunt which includes the Visitors Bureau and other locations as stops to discover the city.
“Merriam caters to the entire family. It's a town with all-inclusive FUN.” Merriam caters to the entire family. It’s a town with all-inclusive fun and those family values shine throughout the entire city. Just steps away from our hotel, the newly renovated Hampton Inn, we were able to visit Strawberry Hill Povitica. This family-owned bakery planted roots in Merriam years ago and every bit of love and tradition is baked into their made-from-scratch goods. If you or your family have never had a slice of Povitica bread, do
“Weekends are for FAMILY time and EXPLORATION.”
I’ve long thought that the best way to fall in love with a city was to stumble off the beaten path and find out what you discover. What makes Merriam most unique is its appreciation for the arts. From the murals to the three public art sculptures, there is art to be discovered and interpreted everywhere. Our weekends are for family time and exploration, so we did just that! End your weekend with a sweet treat at Russell Stover Candy Store. There’s no better way to recap your trip than over ice cream and conversation. If the Midwest and the Kansas City metropolitan area is in your future travels, a stop in Merriam should top your family’s list.
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niverse, u e h t o t l es a sou “Music giv mind, e h t o t s g win ation, n i g a m i e flight to th erything.” v e o t e f i l and – PL ATO
Merriam is no stranger to hosting heart-thumping music performances and is quickly becoming an “on-the-map” destination for all things music. From live concerts, festivals, and events, to local venue lineups – stay “tuned” to learn just how musical Merriam can be!
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CLASSICAL CREATIONS AT K.C. STRINGS VIOLIN SHOP | 5842 MERRIAM DRIVE Envisioning creating a world-class violin shop in Kansas City, Misha and Anton Krutz officially opened the doors of K.C. Strings in downtown Merriam in 1992. Serving the needs of the string community, K.C. Strings offers one of the largest selections of instruments in all price ranges within the Midwest. From repair to custom instrument orders, lessons to retail sales – even group tours – this little shop is one to see and hear! FARMERS’ MARKET FRESH SESH | 5740 MERRIAM DRIVE Looking for a lite version of live music? The Merriam Farmers’ Market brings entertainment to the marketplace each Saturday in May through September. From string trios to one-person gigs, chef demos to storytime tellers, there’s more than fruits and veggies at Merriam Marketplace during the summer! TURKEY CREEK FESTIVAL | MAY 16 | ANTIOCH PARK This annual start-to-summer festival features all things family friendly and provides rotating musicians on two stages in the park throughout the day. Start at the Lions Club pancake breakfast, then make your way through the park to enjoy kids inflatables, petting zoo, craft vendors, carnival-inspired eats and treats, and, of course, live music performances! Because what's better than a corndog, cotton candy, balloons, and live music? TURKEY CREEK CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW | SEPTEMBER 12 | 5740 MERRIAM DRIVE Tunes are playing non-stop during this display of classic cars, trucks, hot rods, and bikes along Merriam Drive. This annual event brings car and automotive enthusiasts from across the Midwest together while a DJ shares a great playlist for all ages. MERRIAM DRIVE LIVE | OCTOBER 3 | 5740 MERRIAM DRIVE The newest kid on the musical block, Merriam Drive Live is now in its third year of blending music with a beer garden-type atmosphere. This day-long music fest kicks off before noon and continues with music performances throughout the day on two stages. Pack for the day and be sure to enjoy the food truck menu offerings, cold beer, and good times on Merriam Drive! Visit merriam.org/MDL for the live music lineup.
Insider Tips To Enjoy The Music Check the lineup ahead of time. Merriam typically offers a varying lineup of musicians at each event, so all musical tastes can be accommodated. Enjoy the scenery. Whether at the marketplace, a local park, or the downtown street scene, take in your beautiful surroundings. Unplug and be present for the entertainment. Make a date out of your musical event – pack a picnic, grab a quick walk on the trail, dance under the stars! Pack the necessities – bug spray and sunscreen, water, a blanket or lawn chairs are the perfect music fest take alongs.
AFTERSHOCK | 5240 MERRIAM DRIVE This popular nightclub venue brings acts from across the country to perform, and it’s always a packed house. From rock to hip hop, heavy metal to all genres of music, Aftershock welcomes new musicians regularly to its location.
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M A I R MER Y T I N U M M CO R E T N CE
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The Merriam Community Center opens this summer! Featuring indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, full-size gymnasium, and meeting facilities, thereâ€™s something to do for everyone. Check it out: 6040 Slater St.
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Merriam's newest piece of public art will greet visitors to the Merriam Community Center.
Amenities include: ▶ Walking/jogging track ▶ Full-size gymnasium ▶ Fitness center ▶ Group exercise classroom ▶ Multi-purpose classroom ▶ Meeting and event space with capacity for up to 250-people
▶ Outdoor aquatics, featuring: eight 25-meter lap
lanes, two diving boards, zero-depth entry, splash and play features, shade structures, and on-deck concession cart
▶ Indoor aquatics, featuring: four 25-yard lap lanes, tall slide and family slide, lazy river, zero-depth entry, splash and play features, and therapy pool
▶ Art gallery ▶ Child watch ▶ Lounge area ▶ Catering kitchen ▶ Two birthday party rooms ▶ Outdoor courtyard event and gathering space ▶ Free social gathering spaces with WiFi
LEARN MORE: Visit merriam.org/buildingcommunity.
Artist Blessing Hancock engaged the community to create meaningful text that will be incorporated across the sculpture's surface.
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’ S R E M FAR T E K R A M FRESH
One-on-One with Ingrid Berg Recreation Coordinator, Merriam Parks & Recreation The Merriam Marketplace opened in 2001 and has served as the Merriam Farmers’ Market home ever since. Named a Nextdoor “Neighborhood Favorite” every year since 2017, spending Saturday morning at the market is a summertime staple. With up to 36 vendors each week, easy access from I-35, and plenty of parking, the market is an easy choice for stocking up on the freshest bounty.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE MARKET The market runs the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in September with vendors ranging from locally grown produce to homemade jams and jellies to handmade fly fishing lures and flies. Toe tapping, live music starting at 10 a.m. each Saturday, plus a variety of kids activities (face painting, planting a take-home flower pot, food fear factor games) on select weekends. EXTRA TREAT You can hop on the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail right across the pedestrian bridge and go for a stroll. There’s also a wonderful sculpture “Planting the Seeds” that is a perfect spot for selfies. MORE EVENTS AT THE MARKETPLACE The Marketplace is also home to several special events such as Flags 4 Freedom, Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show, Merriam Drive Live, and Halloween Happenings.
MUST BUY MARKET FINDS
Fresh Flowers A big bouquet of flowers from Backyard Blossoms.
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Soap + Honey Beeswax soap and fresh honey from Nowachek Apiaries.
Veggies! Delicious, local, seasonal produce.
PARKS & Trails Recharge your spirit as you
explore hundreds of acres of tranquil parkland and miles of peaceful trails. The great outdoors welcomes you!
Featured Park: Waterfall Park
is named for its most prominent natural feature within Turkey Creek – a beautiful cascading waterfall. The park offers an observation area, picnic tables and grill, soccer fields, swings, and a playground for the kiddos. An anchor point of the popular Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, walkers and bikers alike can connect to three more Merriam parks by heading south on the trail. Did you know? The soccer fields are named after Julius McFarlin, the first African-American elected to public office in Johnson County. He served from 1973–2000 as Ward 1 Councilmember in Merriam.
Hmmm... The sculpture “Hmmm…,” designed by Colorado artist Joshua Weiner, was created as a playful exploration of place-making and identity. Greeting visitors to Waterfall Park, this nine-foot tall caterpillar stands next to a 12-foot cairn (a stack of granite river boulders) with a butterfly perched on top.
Merriam Parks Open sunrise to sunset
ANTIOCH PARK 6501 Antioch Road BROWN MEMORIAL PARK 5040 Booker Drive CAMPBELL PARK 9674 W. 61st Street CHATLAIN PARK 6300 Carter Avenue MERRIAM HISTORIC PLAZA 6304 E. Frontage Road MERRIAM MARKETPLACE 5740 Merriam Drive QUAIL CREEK PARK 7024 Grandview Avenue TURKEY CREEK STREAMWAY TRAIL 75th Street to Antioch Road WATERFALL PARK 5191 Merriam Drive WERNER PARK 5750 Merriam Drive exploremerriam.com | 23
VE HA some Fun ! Go, see, and explore all
things fun across Merriam! With attractions for all ages,
plan a day of play in our city.
Planting the Seeds
Kids Tourism Kit Moms and dads aren’t the only people we see at the Visitors Bureau. That’s why we created the “Kids Tourism Kit” – packed with fun games, coloring pages, a free gift, and kid-approved contents for the littles!
AFTERSHOCK LIVE MUSIC VENUE 5240 Merriam Drive | 913. 384.5646 ANTIOCH PARK – DODGE TOWN 6501 Antioch Road | 913.831.3359 CINEMARK THEATRES 5500 Antioch Road | 913.789.7038 HAPPY FEET SOCCER 9701 W. 67th St. | 913.851.9898 HMMM... SCULPTURE 5191 Merriam Drive MERRIAM COMMUNITY CENTER 6040 Slater St. | 913.322.5550 MERRIAM HISTORIC PLAZA
6304 E. Frontage Road | 913.403.8999
MERRIAM INTERACTIVE HISTORY TOUR Download the Otocast app! MOTHERHOOD SCULPTURE 6304 E. Frontage Road | 913.403.8999 PLANTING THE SEEDS SCULPTURE 5740 Merriam Drive SKATE CITY 9800 W. 62nd Terrace | 913.262.0711 STILL TIME SCULPTURE Johnson & Merriam Drives TIM MURPHY ART GALLERY 5701 Merriam Drive (6040 Slater St. begining in June) | 913.322.5550
VIETNAM VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL
Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road | 913.831.3359
Find more fun online at exploremerriam.com
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SHOP & Save
Looking for tucked away
quaint boutiques or a big blue and yellow retailer? Merriam offers just the right blend of shopping along I-35.
3 WISHES 5031 Merriam Drive Paintings, books, pottery, musical instruments, jewelry, and more. DOWNTOWN MERRIAM Johnson Drive & Merriam Drive Boutiques, restaurants, automotive, specialty stores, and more. GEMINI 5807A Merriam Drive Located right on Merriam Drive, this new shop offers holistic products and energy readings, crystals, salt lamps, and more! Perfect for the zen you’ve been looking for. HOBBY LOBBY 5945 IKEA Way Arts and crafts materials, party supplies, fabric, and home-decor. IKEA MERRIAM 6000 IKEA Way Scandinavian-inspired home furnishings, accessories, and decor. MERRIAM TOWN CENTER Johnson Drive & Antioch Road Old Navy, Marshalls, Famous Footwear, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Party City, Office Max, PetSmart, Home Depot, restaurants, movie theater, and more.
Mixture Outlet Now Open We’ve hoped and dreamed for years that Mixture would open a tiny little retail space in the warehouse, and it’s finally here! This favorite made-inMerriam product line is now available to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 9325 W. 53rd St.
MIXTURE 9325 W. 53rd St. The new Mixture outlet – featuring products in dozens of satisfying scents – is a delight to the senses. RUSSELL STOVER CANDIES 10100 Shawnee Mission Parkway Chocolate, handmade confections, and ice cream. SHUT UP & FLY 5911 Merriam Drive Vintage treasures, handmade items, and repurposed finds. STRAWBERRY HILL POVITICA 7226 W. Frontage Road Handmade European sweet bread offered at this favorite Merriam bakery-serving free samples daily. exploremerriam.com | 25
STAY the Night
Traveling for work or planning to spend a little leisure time with the family? Rest your head in Merriam – the nicely appointed rooms, plentiful amenities, and convenient location in the metro are Just Right!
5-Star Lodging “We selected the Drury Inn as our team hotel for a soccer tournament in the area. This hotel was by far the most organized location we’ve ever been to for a team check-in. They had all of the rooms assigned and a key card ready to go for every player on the team before we even arrived. During our stay, they were so helpful and accommodating. The customer service was excellent.“ – RENEE H., DRURY INN & SUITES GUEST
DRURY INN & SUITES 9009 Shawnee Mission Parkway | 913.236.9200 | druryhotels.com
Free hot breakfast, free 5:30 p.m. kickback snacks, free Wi-Fi, free soda and popcorn (3–10 p.m.), free long distance and local calls, free parking, new indoor pool and fitness center, business center, guest laundry, pet-friendly, and same-day dry cleaning available. EXTENDED STAY AMERICA 6451 E. Frontage Road | 913.236.6006 | extendedstay.com
Fully equipped kitchen/suite rooms, onsite laundry, pet-friendly, internet access, free grab-n-go breakfast, and 100% smoke-free. HAMPTON INN & SUITES
7400 W. Frontage Road | 913.722.0800 | hamptoninn.com
Hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool and hot tub, onsite guest laundry, same-day laundry service, and 24-hour coffee bar. Suites, adjoining rooms, and meeting room also available. QUALITY INN
6401 E. Frontage Road | 913.262.2622 | qualityinn.com
Deluxe continental breakfast, business center, pet-friendly, 100% non-smoking, free parking, high speed internet, and seasonal outdoor pool. WALNUT GROVE RV PARK 10218 Johnson Drive | 913.262.3023 | walnutgroverv.com
Free Wi-Fi, free coffee, ATM available, RV store, vending machines, Good Sam Park, military discounts, hot showers, clean restrooms, full hook-up sites, laundromat, dump station, petfriendly, 20/30/50 amp sites, mail forward, community room, copies, and notary public.
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DINE & Sip
Whether a hearty breakfast or the popular late-night fourth meal, there’s no shortage of dining options in Merriam. From dine-in to delivery, you’ll never go hungry here!
5816 Merriam Drive
6000 IKEA Way
BILSKI’S BAR & GRILL
JACK IN THE BOX
5831 Merriam Drive
9101 Johnson Drive
8722 Shawnee Mission Parkway
5935 IKEA Way
KC’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL
5880 Antioch Road
CHINA GARDEN BUFFET 5860 Antioch Road
DENNY’S 9001 Shawnee Mission Parkway
10201 W. 47th Street
8805 Shawnee Mission Parkway
LONG JOHN SILVER’S / A&W MCDONALD’S
8915 Johnson Drive
5921 Merriam Drive
FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS
8701 Shawnee Mission Parkway
GEORGETOWN PHARMACY & SODA SHOP 5605 Merriam Drive
HURRICANE ALLIE’S 5541 Merriam Drive
5870 Antioch Road
From the daily specials to the Polish Pierogi, Bilski’s is the spot to grab a quick bite, enjoy happy hour with friends, or watch the big game! We recommend the fried pork tenderloin with fries and an ice-cold beer!
9900 Shawnee Mission Parkway
10240 W. 75th Street
8817 Shawnee Mission Parkway
QT KITCHEN 9025 Johnson Drive
SONIC DRIVE-IN 5440 Merriam Drive
8801 Johnson Drive
5930 IKEA Way
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S G N I T E ME an d G
If you’ve got a group, we’ve
got a tour! Check out our tour itinerary for large groups at exploremerriam.com/tour.
Meet in Merriam Looking for meeting space in the metro? Merriam’s the perfect fit for small- to medium-size functions, including corporate trainings, board meetings, staff retreats, sales presentations, planning sessions, and more! With rates starting at only $40 per hour, Merriam Historic Plaza offers convenience to all of Kansas City with open catering, free Wi-Fi, affordable rates, and a friendly and helpful staff to assist you. Call to schedule a site tour today or learn more at exploremerriam.com/meet.
Just a quick note to say thank you for a variety packed mystery tour! The gang liked the whole element of ‘who knew?’ which was just what I was hoping for! Thank you for holding our hand every step of the way and making us feel welcome and special! PATTI B.
Good to Go with Patti Beth
Schedule a Tour... Strawberry Hill Povitica
K.C. Strings Violin Shop GuitarLamp
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Georgetown Soda Fountain
THE RETURN OF THE
Scavenger Hunt May 1 – September 30
Bring on the Just Right sunshine! Starting May 1, Merriam will launch the Sunshine Scavenger Hunt for the summer. You can seek and find seven sunshines all across town. It’s easy to play along – follow these clues and look for the sunshine sign. Check off your sunshines and have fun exploring all that Merriam has to offer!
Did you say something? Hmmm, I bet you said you love beautiful, sculptural insect art.
Hop, step, and play – but don’t fall in! Skip across the stones, and you’ll be at the end.
Across the bridge from kids at play, this marker tells the story of the Quaker Days.
The Seasons of Merriam painted with love from our dear friend Charlie Goslin.
Grab a postcard or a referral from staff – we’ve even got a historic walking path.
6 This new space offers recreation, fitness, and everything cool – you can even dip a toe in the pool. (Opens Summer 2020)
Jump on the north or south end to enjoy this paved path meandering alongside a special little creek.
Snap a pic and tag @ExploreMerriam on . Who knows, maybe the Merriam sunshine squad will pick your pic and send you a sunshiney surprise! Learn more at exploremerriam.com/sunshine. exploremerriam.com | 29
l a c o L ve o L
Merriam residents LOVE our city – from eating at a flavorful restaurant and visiting our
local parks to enjoying our annual hanging flower baskets in the summer and shopping
EL SALVADORIAN DELIGHTS
at one-of-a-kind stores – there’s always something to see or do in our Just Right city.
Want a great place to eat? Lisa Feinberg says you must go to Anita’s Cuisine (5816 Merriam Drive) for its El Salvadorian breakfast burrito: “My husband has a sincere love of breakfast burritos. One Saturday morning order was all it took for him to become a regular Saturday customer. All of their food is delicious (not just the chorizo breakfast burritos), and everything they prepare is made with care and served by staff that extends familial warmth and hospitality to their customers.”
Another local favorite is Bilski’s Bar and Grill (5831 Merriam Drive). Julie Mott said the family-owned restaurant feels like coming home. “The food is amazing, home-cooked, and they use produce from their own garden. They are affordable and a staple in our community.”
Gemini store owner Sheila Laureen loves to eat at another El Salvadorian place called El Pulgarcito (5921 Merriam Drive). “The tamales are wrapped in banana leaves that makes them spectacularly moist. The pupusas are awesome and the service is quick and friendly. It’s a fun and clean place to eat in Merriam.”
Essential Shopping “I like IKEA (6000 IKEA Way) because it has furniture that fits smaller homes. They're catered to fit our needs. I don’t have to drive far to look and shop for my family’s home essentials.” – Michael McCoy. 30 | 2020 Merriam Community & Visitor Guide
A Little Gem Nancy Yoakum calls her favorite local store, Gemini, (5807 Merriam Drive) a “little gem.” “Gemini has not only a wonderful assortment of gifts, it’s such a unique store that has beautiful crystals, jewelry, wind chimes, and so much more! She offers classes, and I’ve met some very nice people in the process. My favorite purchase is beautiful angel wind chimes that I have hanging on my back porch.”
Jim Russell says a visit to Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive) is a must! “It has an amazing array of events unique to Merriam year-round such as the weekly farmers’ market in summer, the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show each September, the awe-inspiring Flags 4 Freedom display with more than 1,500 flags and a Fourth of July concert, the beautiful reflecting seeds art sculpture, and Halloween and Christmas events, just to name a few. It’s a great place to take photos.”
Picnic & Play
Best park to visit? Anita Kendall said you need to head to Antioch Park (6501 Antioch Road). “Whether you want to have a picnic, have kids who need to spend some energy, walk a dog, or take a stroll (or run), it's very pretty and just the right size. We've seen several blue herons and other birds, which makes it a nice little gem of nature without having to go far. And, the playground town is the cutest thing ever!” You can see Merriam’s distinctive public art all across the city. “I appreciate all the different public art and sculptures that make our community interesting, unique, and beautiful,” Kendall said. While touring the city, stop by the Merriam Community Center (6040 Slater St.) to see new public art when it opens this summer. "Our family loves being able to enjoy the public art in Merriam and are very much looking forward to the new pieces at the Merriam Community Center when it opens,” Staci Chivetta said. “We’re thankful that Merriam has such beautiful green spaces where we can enjoy being outside together." exploremerriam.com | 31
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