Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park

Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park

2601 Gillham Rd. 64108

5a - Midnight every day

Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park Shelter #1 (Reservable May 1-October 31)

Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park Shelter #1 (Reservable May 1-October 31)

Number of Tables: 2, both ADA
Seating Capacity: 12
Total Capacity: 14
Electricity: Yes
Playground: Yes
Restroom Facilities: Yes
Water Fountain: Yes
Grills: Yes
Lights: Yes
Park Amenities: Playground

Dietrich Park Shelter

Dietrich Park Shelter

This shelter is first-come, first served. There is not a fee and no reservations.

Number of Tables: 2
Seating Capacity: 12
Playground: Yes
Water Hydrants/ Fountain: Yes
Grills: 1

Reserve a Shelter!

In 1947 city bonds were passed for improvements to playgrounds all over the city.  One of the playgrounds affected was located between 26th and 27th Streets, Gillham Road and Cherry Street.  The property had originally been acquired in 1899 as part of condemnation for a new roadway which became Gillham Road named for early Park Board Commissioner Robert Gillham.  Several years later after some adjustments to the Gillham Road alignment were made the property was used for a simple play area for the neighborhood, mostly as a junior baseball field.

The bond funds allowed improvements to the park, strongly supported by the local residents, so there would be several play areas and playground supervision.  The neighborhood proposed the name of “Hawthorn Park” after the state flower of Missouri, which the Park Board accepted.  Over 500 people attended the dedication on June 30, 1949.

In 1999, the park was renamed Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park for outgoing Park and Recreation Board member Mrs. Dietrich at the end of her term.  Carefully planned, it was one of the first ADA accessible play areas in the Kansas City area at that time.

Designed to provide creative play opportunities to integrate and challenge children of all abilities, Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park got a makeover in 2012. Improvements include new concrete sidewalks and ramps to improve accessibility, renovations to the existing ship and sea creature, new play equipment and surfacing, benches, and landscape improvements.






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