Brookside has numerous parks that make up a big reason why so many people love to live here. I hope to cover many of them as I share my reasons for #WhyBrooksideMO but thought I would start with the biggest and my favorite… Loose Park.
My husband and I have referred to it as the “NYC Central Park” of Kansas City. It is made up of 75 acres which gives visitors so much room to spread out and bathe in the sun or toss around a Frisbee. You can read more about the history of the park here.
For our 6th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a helicopter ride and part of the trip was over the park. It was absolutely breathtaking from that angle. I would highly recommend it!
We renewed our vows on our 1 year wedding anniversary in the Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden of Loose Park many years ago, and took maternity photos there a year and many months ago. It has played the backdrop for a number of important times in our lives.
Over the years we have taken long strolls OR vigorous walks (ask me about how that went 5 days after having my son) around the outside or inside trails of the park. It gets busy at times but the size of the trail makes it bearable. Plus whether it was by myself, with a friend, or my husband, the miles go quickly with the nice scenery. There is a good sized pond with fountain & charming weeping willow trees, a section of interesting trees on the west side, tennis courts (awe, some day we will learn to play), playground filled with laughter and children’s voices and just big open greenspace!
I also find at times a competitive edge comes out in me when I cross paths with someone going the opposite direction, and then meet up with them again more than halfway around the track! It’s motivating.
Google maps even has the two trails mapped out if you want to create a route for exercising or a training program. You can start it from the parking lot or your home address.
So what does this have to do with living in Brookside? Sure, we drove here before when we lived just across the state line. There normally is plenty of parking available. What is the big deal?!?!?!
Well… the big deal, the last two Mother’s Days is that we could just walk out the door, no car keys to worry about, no purse or driver’s license needed and after just a few blocks, we are seated in a sea of green grass without a care in the world. There is something about not having to stress about getting the stroller and stuff folded up and loaded into the car, not to mention wrestling a baby into a car seat (it is getting interesting these days). And get this, once you get there, no need to find a place to park!! Avoiding that whole part brings the feel of going to the park down a few notches to where you can relax your shoulders and just push the stroller. Easy, relaxing, and not a lot of hassle are adjectives all mothers like used when describing something they want to do on Mother’s Day.
Another reason I love being able to walk to Loose Park is that I think one of the best parts of the park is the south side. The last two years we have enjoyed a bottle of wine (and this year a lovely picnic) on a blanket watching the trees wave in the wind. It has made for a pretty unbelievable Mother’s Day retreat.
To be honest, we have had some nice getaways on many random days and evenings in Loose Park. It is one of our “go-to” places to slow down a bit to catch up with each other or just take in life a little. We often catch ourselves pushing that stroller away after the sun has set and the sky has drawn dark having wanted to enjoy every last minute.
If you want to learn more about living in the Brookside area of Kansas City or another area, let me know. I am always here to help find that happy place for you to call home. e@eSADY.com – text or call 816-200-7239