Parks and Recreation


Effective, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the City of Independence has closed its various courts and its skate park to the public.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We understand that you and your loved ones are looking for ways to stay active, but we feel this measure is necessary to support our message about the importance of social distancing at this time.

We appreciate your understanding as we help combat the spread of COVID-19 and look forward to fully reopening our parks to the public.

Out of an abundance of caution for public health, park playgrounds in the City of Independence are closed to the public, effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

This closure also includes park restrooms and water fountains.

Park grounds remain open at this time. Please exercise caution around our available amenities, such as shelters and picnic tables, as we cannot guarantee sanitization be-tween use.

Please observe all government recommendations to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Until further notice, the City of Independence asks visitors to take the following actions at its parks:

  • According to CDC and state recommendations, limit your group to a maxi-mum of 10 people with at least a six feet distance between you and others.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay at home for your health and the safety of others.
  • Avoid popular areas where people may congregate, and avoid larger groups in general. Please maintain distance between you and other park visi-tors according to guidelines and recommendations by health officials.
  • Pack hand sanitizer and bring bottled water. Public bathrooms and water fountains at City parks are currently closed to the public.
  • Additional information on best practices for keeping you and your family safe can be found online via the CDC

While we understand your need for recreational opportunities at this time, please ob-serve the proper precautions to protect yourself and others from the risk of COVID-19. Our parks are seeing increased use at this time, and the health and safety of the public is our utmost concern.

The following facilities have been closed until further notice out of an abundance of caution for the public health.

We understand you may have questions about programs, classes, events or membership. Please call the following numbers for information related to each facility:

Palmer Senior Center - (816) 325-6200
Truman Memorial Building - (816) 325-7843
Sermon Community Center - (816) 325-7370
George Owens Nature Park - (816) 325-7115
National Frontier Trails Museum - (816) 325-7575

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