Vicki Lilly wins the Richard A. “Rick” Worrel Community Legacy Award

We are so very excited to share that Vicki Lilly, executive director of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park (ARFOP), is the 2023 recipient of the Richard A. “Rick” Worrel Community Legacy Award, presented by the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber established the Worrel Award in 2019 to honor longtime community … Read More

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