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Keep Cool When It's Hot

Admission fees into Legacy Park, Gamber and Harris Park Community Centers will be reduced to half price on all days the National Weather Service issues Excessive Heat Warnings for the months June, July and August. During business hours, Mid-Continent Libraries are also good cooling centers. Call United Way 2-1-1 for assistance or information about public cooling centers.

Congratulations Lee’s Summit on making Money Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live 2016 ranking as the best place to live in the state of Missouri and 43 on the list of Top 50 best places to live in the country.

“We have been fortunate to have engaged citizens throughout our community who are active in our many civic and governmental boards and committees. Their commitment to public service has helped us make good decisions regarding our current challenges and how to build a better community for the future. I am grateful to these individuals and credit should be given to them for this wonderful recognition,” said Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads.

Lee’s Summit made the magazine’s list of best cities on other occasions. According to the City's 2008-2009 Operational Assessment Report, it was Lee's Summit's third consecutive year as one of the “100 Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine. The City also received this honor again in 2010. 

Among the factors analyzed to select communities for this latest list of the best places to live: taxes, education, health care and more. Lee’s Summit was touted for many of its attributes including the historic Downtown teeming with local restaurants, shops and a twice-weekly award-winning farmer’s market. Boos, Barks & Badges Halloween parade, free concerts in the park, outdoor yoga and seasonal festivals, such as Oktoberfest, were highlighted as standout activities for the community to partake in along with Legacy Park and all of its amenities, such as the new amphitheatre.

The City’s tremendous growth in economic development was spotlighted as evidenced by new apartments, office and retail space and the building of a hotel as well as the $500 million investment by Cerner Corporation to expand its data center in Lee’s Summit’s up-and-coming tech corridor.

Here are a few more reasons, in our opinion, why our community nestled on the suburban edge of a larger metropolitan area is considered a best place to live.

There is a wide range of charm in our community whether you are drawn to the quaint, historic or upscale neighborhoods or the diverse businesses operating here focused on healthcare, manufacturing and other services.

Our educational system is award-winning at all levels and is why Lee’s Summit is a number one choice for those seeking a family environment.

Our community’s recreational activities abound from top-notch recreation centers to park and trail systems, to boating, fishing and other lake activities throughout the area.

As one of the first communities in the Midwest with a Cultural Arts Plan and recipient of the Creative Community Award in 2010 from the Missouri Arts Council, life in Lee’s Summit is enriched by numerous artistic offerings. Exceptional dramatic and musical performances are available including the popular summer concert series, the symphony and theatre group productions.

With age comes years of progress and enduring qualities that holds the promise of a community where anything is possible whether you are looking for the perfect place to settle down, retire or open a business.

Besides these qualities, there is a real sense of community in Lee’s Summit. Our friendliness, helping one another, making a difference, and holding high standards are also stand-out features.

"The recognition by Money Magazine is a reflection of the outstanding qualities of our citizens and employees. On Sept. 8, Mayor Rhoads presented his State of the City speech to the community. He thanked the employees who have dedicated their work to the service of our Lee’s Summit citizens. On a daily basis, our employees seek ways they can make a positive difference. Over a period of time, this attitude and commitment of service is part of our organizational culture,” said Lee’s Summit City Manager Steve Arbo.

Now, that’s a best place to live.

Yours truly,

Lee’s Summit