Located at the corner of 51st Street and Wornall Road, Loose Park in Kansas City is the third largest park in town. Although the official name is Jacob Loose Memorial Park, locals just call it Loose. A popular hangout spot for families and young people, the park has walking trails, ponds, reading benches, a rose garden and a meeting center.
Of all the places in the park, the rose garden is by far the most popular. It is a desired prize of many area brides, who are often saddened to know that for a Saturday wedding in June it may be necessary to book more than a year in advance. Regular visitors to the park should be forewarned as well if they are planning an outing in the park that weddings, senior photo shoots, and family reunions are also popularly held at the rose garden in nice weather.
The popularity of the area is causing a need for improvements, so the rose garden is slated for additional development in 2010. Fortunately, the enclosed meeting spaces in the park will remain available during this time. Enclosed spaces include 2 large meeting rooms with small kitchens attached at the Loose Park Garden Center, which is located formally at 5200 Pennsylvania drive.
Parents of small children may want to be mindful of the park's many geese and ducks. Feeding the birds is a popular activity, but some of the birds are so used to getting handouts that they've developed an entitlement mentality and will chase people for bread. If a child is only bird high, a greedy Canadian goose could make an outing a tearful experience and so it is best to avoid the birds in the peak migration times.
Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, and other "sports'' leagues also compete with the birds for space on the lawns. Most are organized through craigslist or community associations and are open to all comers. Playing in the park can be a great networking opportunity, especially for those new to the area.
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