1. Jacob L. Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania Ave.
Stretching nearly 75 acres, Loose Park is the third largest park in Kansas City, containing tennis courts, a pond and a water park. Loose Park is the historic location of the Battle of Westport, which took place on Oct. 23, 1864.
Besides its history and grand size, students are sure to enjoy the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden. The rose garden contains about 4,000 roses of 55 different varieties.
The Garden Symposium will take place at Loose Park on Feb. 21, an event focused on plant propagation for home gardeners.
Students will enjoy the rich history and close proximity to campus, making Loose Park a great getaway for students looking to escape the city vibe during their studies.
2. Swope Park, E. Meyer Blvd and Swope Pkwy.
Swope Park is the largest of all Kansas City parks at 1,805-acres, also making it one of the largest urban parks in all of the United States.
Swope Park has a baseball diamond, tennis courts and a soccer field. It is also home to the Kansas City Zoo.
Students are sure to love this giant park, if not for all its amenities, then for one of Starlight Theater’s many Broadway shows and concerts. Starlight Theater will be hosting Arcade Fire on April 26.
3. Mill Creek Park, 47th St. and J.C. Nichols Pkwy.
Mill Creek Park has reached popularity in Kansas City due to its Country Club Plaza location, providing its jogging track with one of the best views a runner could ask for.
The famous J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, one of the largest and most beautiful fountains in Kansas City, makes Mill Creek Park a romantic place to sit and relax with a special someone.
With an ideal location and an exemplary running trail, Mill Creek Park is a great place to get fresh air and exercise.