A Celebration of the Year’s Accomplishments

We looked back . . . and we looked ahead . . and we enjoyed each other’s company! That’s what the Arts & Recreation Foundation leadership did in November to celebrate another year of doing what we do to enhance quality of life in Overland Park. Members of the ARFOP Board of Directors and the … Read More

In Remembrance: Wayne Byrd

Since before it even existed, Wayne was the heart and soul of the Arts & Recreation Foundation. In 1995, former mayor Ed Eilert tapped him to form a nonprofit organization to support the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Overland Park. Wayne’s initial job was to recruit the first ARFOP directors and members … Read More

Mayor’s Golf Tournament Tees Up Community Support

The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park hosted its 2022 Overland Park Mayor’s Golf Tournament, presented by LMC Truck, on Friday, September 30th. The weather was just perfect – it was a fantastic day to be outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful grounds of St. Andrews Golf Club. We were pleased to sell out … Read More

Building Excitement at the Arboretum

Earlier this week, the Arts & Recreation Foundation’s Board of Directors and members of the Overland Park City Council enjoyed an exclusive sneak peek of LongHouse, the long-awaited new visitor center, at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Our tour began at the impressive new driveway leading us to new parking areas and the … Read More

Reasons to Approve the Arboretum Visitor Center Preliminary Development Plan

Building out the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has been the dream of thousands for over 30 years. In the late 80’s, the Legacy of Greenery Committee and the City’s Governing Body made a commitment to develop a truly signature destination for the people of Overland Park by purchasing 300 acres on 179th Street. (The … Read More

Our community is abuzz about the Growing to Inspire campaign!

Following announcement in June by the Arts & Recreation Foundation that the Growing to Inspire campaign for improvements at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has pledges and commitments totaling over $8,000,000, Kansas City media picked up on the story! See what they had to say! KCTV-5 Kansas City Sprout & About

Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ improvements set to bloom

BY ROXIE HAMMILL Special to The Star With the help of private donations and sales tax funding a new courthouse, Overland Park launched plans for a major building project at its Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park kicked off a $12.4 million fundraising campaign Thursday to raise money for … Read More

Stems: A Garden Soirée – from Corporate Woods Blog

Corporate Woods® Blog The Perfect Place To Get To Know Our Tenants! BLOG Home Back To Corporate Woods® Website Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Support The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park You’ve probably experienced Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden, but you may not know who makes those first-class attractions … Read More

Arboretum Spring Plant Sale May 5 – 6, 2017

Overland Park Arboretum Spring Plant Sale They say you can’t buy happiness. But gardeners know they can—in the form of plants. Happiness will be for sale at the Overland Park Arboretum plant sale the first weekend in May. The sale is open to the public, rain or shine, under a big-top tent, on Friday, May … Read More

At the Arboretum in April

Come on out to the Arboretum in April to enjoy the spring weather. Fly a kite with the kids. Pick up a sapling to plant in your own garden. Sign up for a wildflower walk or a tree tour. There’s a lot going on now that warming temperatures are beckoning us all outdoors! Read about all … Read More