Loose Park Rose Garden
Welcome to Jacob L Loose Park, one of the most popular and historic parks in all of Kansas City. Located on Wornall, this 75-acre park is known as the site of the Battle of Westport, a battle in which an estimated 29,000 people were involved. During the battle Confederate forces were routed by Union forces right into the park. You will see several Civil War Markers and explanations of this battle throughout.
The entire park is considered to be the 3rd largest in Kansas City, holding a lake, tennis court, water park, picnic area, shelter to fit 150 people, and of course, the highly popular and always vibrant Municipal Rose Garden. The rose garden began as a dream of the Kansas City Rose Society in 1931, the society first starting here with 120 plants. Today the gorgeous garden spot has grown into a collection of over 4,000 roses of 168 varieties, it’s entirety covering 1.5 acres.
Be sure to visit the Jacob L Loose Memorial, Civil War Cannon, and Marion Cronin Gillerlain Memorial before you go, and check to see if there are any special events happening during your visit. There are typically weekly events such as jazz shows, art walks, gardening info sessions or classes, and lectures over butterfly or bird migration (or the like).