This year, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) is celebrating its 50th anniversary of serving the community and making memories. Joe Snook, Interim Administrator of Parks & Recreation, said, “In 1968, LSPR consisted of three parks and one person on staff. Today, our national award-winning team has 41 full-time employees, 300 part-time and seasonal staff, 30 parks with a total of 1,200 acres, three community centers, 77 miles of trails, an outdoor aquatics facility, an amphitheater, an adult sports complex and hundreds of recreational programs. LSPR has maintained national accreditation for 15 years and won the National Gold Medal Award for Park and Recreation Excellence in 2010. Both of these accomplishments are validation that LSPR implements the best practices of our profession and is recognized as a leader nationally.”
Commemorating LSPR’s history, a new logo has been established for 2018. Patrons can expect to see this logo online, on social media, at parks, facilities and at events throughout the year.
To thank the community for its continued support, LSPR is excited to announce special events throughout the year in celebration of this milestone. Special events including “Pop-Up Parties,” an expanded Legacy Blast with increased venue entertainment and the return of “Birthday Bash” this September, a free event for everyone. At all events, patrons are encouraged to use #LSPR50 when taking photos and posting them online.
Looking forward, LSPR intends to implement more for the community in the next 15 years. Snook said, “some of the commitments include two additional community centers, renovations to neighborhood parks, an outdoor ice rink, a wave pool at Summit Waves, an athletic field house, nature center, additional ‘Splash Pads’ and continued trail development.” In addition, LSPR will continue to seek input and engagement from their patrons to better serve their needs.
Tom Lovell, Retired Administrator of Parks & Recreation, said “This could not have been possible without our Park Board members, hardworking staff members and passionate volunteers. It is thanks to them that we are able to have a park system that brings so many benefits to our community.”
For more information regarding LSPR’s 50th anniversary, contact LSPR at (816) 969-1500.