Kansas City, MO

If you're looking for a fenced-in playground for your children, visit Hodge Park Playground north of the river

CJ Coombs

I know there must be other fenced-in playgrounds in public settings for children, but Hodge Park Playground is the only playground I've been to that has a fence and has never been overcrowded during my visits. I've been to Hodge Park Golf Course in the past but never knew there was a children's playground or the history behind Hodge Park.

When you take young children to a playground, it's comforting to know there's a fence in place especially if you're caring for a toddler who loves to run. Click here to see photos of the playground on the architect's website. One element parents will like is the artificial grass which means no more mud on the shoes or clothes when they come off the slide.

Hodge Park Playground is located at 9598 NE Reinking Rd, Kansas City, MO 64156. The setting is relaxing with lots of space between the playground equipment. It's also very colorful and creative.

LAND3 studio and ABcreative landscape architects created this fun, open, and colorful playground.

With 800 acres, this is the second largest park in Kansas City, offering visitors a variety of features including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Hodge Park Golf Course, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, a large amphitheatre, and numerous athletic fields. (Source.)

Dr. Robert Hodge

The park is named after Dr. Robert Hodge (b. Sept. 3, 1920, d. May 9, 2012). Dr. Hodge lived on his family farm located north of the river for years. Dr. Hodge's great-great-grandfather settled on the land in 1833.

From 1950 to 1982, Dr. Hodge practiced internal medicine in North Kansas City. He was also involved with many medical organizations and his community.

Dr. Hodge served on the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners (1963-1975, Board President 1971-1975). (Source.)

At the time the park was initiated, it was called Shoal Creek Park. After Dr. Hodge retired in 1975, the name was changed to honor him.

After Dr. Hodge left the Kansas City Park Board in April 1975, Mayor Charles Wheeler suggested that Shoal Creek Park north of the river be renamed as Robert H. Hodge Park. The name change passed on September 16, 1975. (Source.)

The next time you're out and about, and want a unique playground experience with your child, consider visiting Hodge Park Playground.

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