The Arts & Rec Foundation of Overland Park

The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park carries on in 2020!

While the pandemic has forced us to cancel many events this year, the Foundation and our “Friends” groups are continuing to work hard to make Overland Park a culturally inviting place to live, work and play.

Please consider making a donation to ensure that our programs continue as our community navigates the challenges of the pandemic. We invite you to designate your gift for the program that is dearest to your heart – or make an unrestricted gift for use where needed most. Thank you!

Fortunately, the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is operating 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come out and visit – the gardens and trails are beautiful this year! Also, Friends of the Arboretum is presenting both Terra Luna and Luminary Walk. We anticipate that Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead will open for the 2021 season and that city-wide arts programs such as Art at the Center will operate again soon. 

For updates on the effects of the the current response to the coronavirus outbreak on the programs we support, please visit the City of Overland Park’s website.


Our sincere thanks also to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Johnson County for awarding the Arts & Recreation Foundation with pandemic-relief grants. Each has been instrumental in helping us weather the storm!



Help the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens grow to inspire!.

Be part of the Arts & Recreation Foundation’s campaign to raise $10,000,000 to make this Overland Park treasure – not only a 640-acre oasis of green space and the pride of our community, but – an even more special and enjoyable experience for all who visit.


Features include:

  • 22,000 sq. ft. world-class visitor center with expanded cafe and gift shop, areas for exhibits hands-on life-long-learning, and beautiful spaces for weddings, corporate and community meetings and events
  • Expanded parking for 200+ cars
  • Outdoor areas and gardens with art and water features providing the perfect location in Overland Park for family, corporate and community events
  • Phase 1 of the International Sculpture Garden
  • Open-air theater for 850 – especially suited for family-oriented presentations and productions
  • Opportunity for the current visitor center to become what it was intended to be – the Environmental Education Center. Then watch the Arboretum’s education program grow to inspire too!
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Our sincere thanks to our 2020 Corporate Partners (Annual Support of $10,000 or more)

LMC Truck - Bank of Blue Valley/Regnier Family Foundations - AdventHealth South Overland Park - FNBO - Block Real Estate Service - Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas - Hiland Dairy Foods - Overland Park Regional Medical Center-CareNow - Premier Pediatrics - Sarin Energy Solutions - Westlake Ace Hardware - More About Growing to Inspire