Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN: Jacob L. Loose Park!
Welcome to Loose Park!
Just because it’s Fall, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors.
There are tons of open spaces to play & fun playgrounds in Kansas City!
One place to enjoy with the kids this Autumn is Jacob L. Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Located off Wornall Road, you’ve probably driven by this gorgeous park dozens of times. While you can admire certain attributes of Loose Park from afar, you may not know what lies behind the tree-lined entrance of this grand park. Before your family heads out for a leisurely walk or a day of play, here is the need-to-know information about Loose Park!
First, a Little Loose Park History
Loose Park is the third-largest in Kansas City. The park was, “ a major site for the Battle of Westport where Confederate forces were routed by Union forces in the area in which the park is now located. It is estimated that 29,000 people were involved in the battle. The property at that time was owned by William Bent, a man who led wagon trains and traded with the Indians.” -KCPARKS.ORG.
The park property was originally used as part of a golf course, until 1926 when Ella Loose bought the property. Ella purchased it to create a park in honor of her husband, Jacob Loose. In 1927, she gave the park to the City so all Kansas City families could enjoy the park’s beauty. Jacob Loose founded the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company and died in 1923.
Park Features YOUR Family will Enjoy
At just about 75 acres, Loose Park is one of the largest and, in my opinion, best parks in Kansas City for all ages and lifestyles. If your family is active, you can enjoy a spacious playground & green space, a volleyball court, tennis courts and (in the summer months) a spray ground!
My kids love the playground! Especially because of the sand pit and mini rock wall. Not to mention, I enjoy the swings as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to play in the spray ground (pictured above), but it looks perfect for smaller kids!
If your family enjoys spending time watching birds, taking in the scenery, or enjoying a leisurely stroll Loose Park has more than enough room. You can explore the Kansas City Municipal Rose Garden, walk along park wide trails or sit and look over the lake.
There are plenty of benches spread throughout the park. During the Fall, the fountains may not always be on, but it still is a sight to see! Just ask the dog that jumped in to get a fish last week!
During Fall months, Loose Park is ideal for family photos and relaxing picnics as well. The scenery makes for great Fall photos of the family. I love taking my camera to the park and snapping photos of my kids. Loose Park is the perfect backdrop, especially during the Fall with the leaves changing colors.
Whether you are looking to get out and play or enjoy the scenery, consider heading to Jacob L. Loose Park! The park is open everyday from 5am to midnight, so you can definitely make a day out of it! Happy trails!
Tips for Your Trip from other Parents
- Loose Park is a fun place for a picnic in Kansas City! LOTS of space to run and play.
- Recycling is NOW available at Loose Park – Be sure to protect the environment during your visit.
- Shelter rentals at the park are available May through October each year. Book early so you don’t miss out!
- The park opens at 5am, so if you’re on the hunt for an early morning outdoor jog – Check it out!
- Don’t forget to check out the Rose Garden at Loose Park!
- Visit the park in the Summer- the kids can play in the Splash Park!
- Bring nice clothing to update family photos or check out these places to take family pictures in Kansas City
Jacob L. Loose Park is located at: 5200 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112