The Leawood Foundation funds charitable and educational amenities in our community that might not otherwise be funded with tax dollars. Our major focuses are to beautify parks and public areas, educate our young people, support historic preservation, and promote accessibility and safety.
Projects and Accomplishments
Leawood Trail Permanent Restrooms
The Leawood trails are a shining example of the opportunities to walk, run or bike for better physical and mental health, or to simply enjoy the beauty of nature. One of the most heavily used trail sections is between City Park (106th and Lee Boulevard) and Tomahawk Park (119th between Mission Road and the parkway). The foundation is working with the Parks and Recreation Department to raise funds for permanent restrooms at the intersection of the North Lake and parking lot. They will include His and Hers seasonably heated and cooled restrooms.
The cost for site work, utilities and construction is estimated at $275,000. The City is providing $100,000 towards the project to encourage other donations, large or small, to bring the project to fruition. With your important donation, the project is planned to commence this spring, with completion by mid-year.
“Leawoof” Dog Park
The Leawoof Dog Park has been enhanced with the replacement of the heavily used Agility Course. The course is now constructed of more substantial materials and stations. Enjoy an improved way for your dog(s) to play! Thanks to the numerous donors who made this project possible.
Play For All
Thanks to our citizens, local businesses, and Variety Children’s Charity, the All-Inclusive Playground in Leawood City Park became a reality in 2017.
The playground provides opportunities for all forms of childhood development through play.
I-Lan Park is located at 126th Street and Nall Avenue and is dedicated to our sister City of I-Lan, Taiwan. The foundation funded the addition of new signage for the park.
Gezer Park Projects
Gezer Park, at 133rd Street and Mission Road, celebrates our sister city, the Gezer Region of Israel. The design and features of the entire park are intended to educate visitors about the ancient history of that region and its cultural significance. Now that the Gezer Park children’s play area is in place, the foundation will focus on turning the park into an educational destination for area schoolchildren.
Prairie Lessons Sculpture Project
The “Prairie Lessons” sculpture, next to the historic Oxford School House in Ironwoods Park, honors teachers. This work of art represents a unique collaboration driven by the Leawood Foundation, Historic Commission, and Arts Council. Dennis Smith, well known sculptor of children, was commissioned to design a piece to represent the nurturing role teachers play in children’s lives and the contributions of one-room school teachers.
Historic Oxford Schoolhouse at Ironwoods Park
Oxford School is one of the oldest schools in the state of Kansas. It opened in 1877 and continued to operate as a school until 1955. Donations to the Leawood Foundation helped relocate, preserve, and restore it in 2003.The Kansas Preservation Alliance selected Leawood as the recipient of a 2005 Award for Excellence in Preservation Advocacy for preserving the Oxford Schoolhouse.
Ironwoods Park Bench Project
This was the foundation’s effort to provide comfortable seating throughout the 70-acre park at 14701 Mission Road. The park offers many amenities for all Leawood citizens. The benches allow visitors to sit and enjoy the park’s expansive natural environment.