My list of the locations in the Kansas City area is quite long, but I’ve picked three to share. They are not the grandiose locations, such as the Liberty Memorial or the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. No, these are places tucked into spots that are not obvious, but they provide a moment of respite and a time for renewal of the spirit.
A Sense of Place
by Greg LarsonThomas Swope Memorial
|Thomas Swope Memorial|
Unless you’ve played golf at the Swope Memorial Golf Course, you probably aren't aware of the memorial to the park’s benefactor. You have to be on a mission to find it. First, negotiate the winding uphill road to the golf course, then drive through the parking lot and pass by the clubhouse. At the end of the road there is a small parking area. A short downhill walk to an opening on the wooded hillside is required to experience the monument and the vista.
Two granite lions gaze towards the west entrance to Swope Park, almost a mile distant. They guard the resting place of Colonel Thomas Swope’s remains . . . the remains of a generous man who loved Kansas City and its people.
|vista looking west from memorial|
West Terrace Park
|confluence of Kansas and Missouri Rivers|
Perched on the northwest edge of downtown Kansas City is West Terrace Park, the location where the Lewis and Clark party stood to view the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. The sights and sounds of the city create an ambience of vitality.
Rose Garden - Loose Park
budding in June
earth and sky bond in petals of glory
formal attire for the weary eyes
a fountain flows in the outdoor parlor
wild canes climb at garden’s edge
a union of chains
a circled path
old couples stroll the past
lovers embrace the future
intermingled blossoms and thorns