Swope Park

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  • The Quick Facts

    Location

    East Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway

    Council District

    5

    Park District

    South

    Year Acquired

    1896

    Acres

    1,805.00

    The Park
    At 1,805-acres, Swope Park is the crown jewel of the KC Parks system. As Kansas City’s largest park, and one of the largest urban parks in the United States, Swope Park is home to many of Kansas City’s finest attractions and annually attracts more than 2 million visitors.

    Download Swope Park Map 2013

    History
    Thomas Hunton Swope was born in Kentucky in 1827. After living in several states, he moved to St. Louis where he worked in real estate. He came to Kansas City in 1857 after purchasing some property here and later became the largest individual land owner in Kansas City. Mr. Swope was called “Colonel” Swope, but the title was honorary and not from military service.  In 1896, Colonel Swope donated 1,334 acres to the City of Kansas City, Mo. for use as a public park. With property acquisitions made over the years, the park now has 1,805 acres.

    Facilities
    Swope Park Soccer Village and Sporting KC Training Facility

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