Parks and Recreation

Parks & Historic Sites

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department maintains nearly 800 park acres, comprised of 48 parks and sites and 43 athletic fields. Whether you’re looking for a place to exercise, a place to play or a place to gather with friends and family, our robust network of parks, trails and natural spaces are sure to meet your needs.

In addition to our parks and their amenities, Parks, Recreation and Tourism also maintains three historic sites: the Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, and the National Frontier Trails Museum. Between daily tours, special events and field trips, these heritage sites host thousands of visitors every year.

To reserve a park shelter or pavilion, please call (816) 325-7370.

Park Rules

Matching Grant Program

Skate Park and Water Spraygrounds

Parks Japanese Garden



New Trails and Trail Expansions:

Waterfall Park to Little Blue Trace Trail:

This multi-use trail will link parks, residential areas, hotels, shops and restaurants in the Eastland Center area to The Falls of Crackerneck Creek. The Waterfall Park Trail will join the Little Blue Trace Trail in the near future to further extend the connection north to Hartman Heritage Center, Independence Center, Independence Commons, the Jackson Drive Trail, the Little Blue Expressway Trail and the new 39th Street Trail.


The Rock Creek Trail:

The Rock Creek Trail is a 10-foot wide crushed stone surface that travel alongside Rock Creek in western Independence. It crosses the creek four times and connects Rotary
Park just south of 23rd Street to Country Club Park near Norton Ave and 30th Street. Once inside each park the trail turns to asphalt and loops around the park’s perimeter.