No community in Johnson County offers more or better parks and related activities than those found in Warrensburg.

The community is home to nine main parks and a couple of pocket parks, and another major park is planned. Each park offers distinct attributes.

BLIND BOONE: This park is the most artistic in the community, offering two sculptures — one of world-renowned pianist Blind Boone and the other of a wind harp. There are also murals on park buildings. In addition to art, the park offers a gazebo with electric hook-ups available, restrooms, barbecue grills, a quarter-mile walking trail and a nature area.

CAVE HOLLOW: This large park on the west side of the community has a picnic shelter with electricity available, restrooms, concessions, barbecue grills, a half-mile walking trail, a playground, a nature area, and two baseball/softball fields. Within Cave Hollow Park, are two pocket parks: the Old Drum Dog Park for large and small dogs, provides a play area for dogs and their owners; and the coming inclusive park designed with equipment and access to serve all community members, including those with physical issues.

GROVER PARK: Located next to the Warrensburg Community Center and containing a large indoor pool at 441 E. Gay St., is Grover Park, which offers Nassif Aquatic Center, an outdoor pool.

In addition to the Nassif Aquatic Center, Grover Park offers the public eight tennis courts, a baseball/softball field and the Warrensburg Skate Park, making Grover Park the key component of a complex that brings together key elements of the leisure time experience.

Under old shade trees that make Grover Park comfortable even in summer, guests will find three picnic shelters, with electricity available for one; a large gazebo; restrooms; barbecue grills; and a spacious playground with an assortment of equipment on which children may play.

Warrensburg Community Center, at the corner of East Gay and Mitchell Streets, provides the community state-of-the art exercise equipment and classes; indoor youth and adult pools; a gymnasium for basketball, games, large events and sometimes theatrical performances; a cafeteria used for functions including daily senior lunches; community meeting rooms where the Lions Club and other groups meet; and planned activities, with many events for children and families, such as the annual Santa Breakfast. Park activities are listed at www.warrensburg-mo.com/departments/parks-recreation/.

The eight tennis courts are in excellent shape. They are used by Warrensburg School District students in their frequent bids to capture district and state tennis crowns. The public also enjoys frequent and regular access to the courts.

Warrensburg Skate Park is a quality facility for skateboard users. The park offers challenging, concrete hills upon which skateboard enthusiasts roll. There also are steel sidebars, a broad and flat space for gaining momentum or slowing, and steep drops upon which skateboarders at all levels hone their skills.

Nassif Aquatic Center includes youth play areas and an adult pool, a “lazy river” course upon which guests may float, a large slide, an ample number of deck chairs on which to sit in sun or shade, restrooms, showers and a concession stand.

HAWTHORNE: This park provides a picnic shelter, barbecue grills, a quarter-mile walking trail and a playground with equipment over a spongy surface.

LIONS LAKE: The park offers two lakeside shelters, restrooms, barbecue grills, a two-mile walking trail, a baseball-softball field, a dock from which people fish and a nature area.

Various species can be seen from time to time at the park, including eagles and great blue heron, in addition to these regular park guests: geese, ducks, otter and deer. Found within Lions Lake Park, Culp Park is a nature park with an overview of Lions Lake.

MARR PARK: A picnic shelter, restrooms, barbecue grills and a walking bridge over a creek are among features at Marr Park, which is supported by a community service group, the Warrensburg Optimist Club, which hosts an annual Easter egg hunt. The park includes a playground, half-mile walking trail, nature area, basketball court and a nine-hole disc golf course embraced by enthusiasts of the game.

SHEPARD PARK: Surrounded by gentle slopes and dotted by old trees, Shepard Park provides a picnic shelter, restrooms, barbecue grills and a playground.

WEST PARK: Three baseball/softball fields, four soccer fields, a mile-long walking trail and a nature area are part of a sports complex that includes restrooms, concession stands and barbecue grills.

NANCY ANDERSON CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PARK: Eight benches and a gazebo provide plenty of seating to view and reflect on the nine statues dotting the small park near Sunset Hill Cemetery. 

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