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 offer many opportunities for users to exercise and enjoy nature. The Foundation is raising funds for permanent, His and Hers, seasonably controlled, restrooms adjacent to the North Lake. This heavily used trail is located between City Park (106th and Lee Boulevard) and Tomahawk Park (119th between Mission Road and the Parkway).
The cost of the restroom is estimated at $375,000 with the City providing $140,000. With your important donation, the project began this fall, with completion in the summer of 2023.
“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.