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Jul 19

6 Liberty Parks & Trails to Explore this Summer

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 2:54 PM by Sara Cooke

Whether it's good for an evening walk, picnic, or a family day outside, each of the City of Liberty's parks has something different to offer. Scattered throughout the City of Liberty are 12 parks and trails with amenities such as soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, spray grounds, dog park and so much moreLiberty residents and visitors can enjoy more than 500 acres of parks, 10 miles of multi-use asphalt trails, and 6 miles of primitive trails across the City. Here's a list of some of the best parks in Liberty:

1. Stocksdale Park - 901 S LaFrenz Road, Liberty, MO 64068
Stocksdale Park covers 112-acres of the eastern edge of Liberty. It provides a wide range of amenities including conservation areas of prairie and forest, one of the region's most extensive mountain bike trails, a disc golf course and dog park. 


This park features

  • 2 Picnic Shelters
  • 1 Playground
  • 12 Horseshoe Courts
  • 1 Volleyball Court
  • 2 Soccer/Multi-Use Fields
  • 2 Softball/Multi-Use Fields
  • 18-hole Disc Golf Course
  • 3-acre Dog Park
  • 1/2 asphalt trail
  • 1 mile natural surface trail
  • 7 mile mountain bike trail

2. Bennett Park 1100 N. Clayview Drive, Liberty MO, 64068
 Bennett Park encompasses 45-acres and includes including the City's skate park, a playground and tennis courts. 

Bennett Park

This park features
  • 2 Picnic Shelters
  • 2 Playgrounds
  • 6 Tennis Courts
  • 1 Soccer Field
  • 1 Baseball Field
  • 1 Skate Park
  • 1 Trail
  • 1 Restroom

3. Westboro/Canterbury Par
k - 1400 Canterbury Lane, Liberty, MO 64068
Westboro-Canterbury Greenway covers 42-acres and includes one of Liberty's most utilized asphalt trails and two new playgrounds!

Westboro Canterbury Greenway

This park features

  • 1 Picnic Shelter
  • 2 Playgrounds
  • 1 Soccer/Multi-Use Field
  • 1 Softball/Multi-Use Field
  • 2 Mile asphalt Trail

4. Ruth Moore Park - 401 N Grover Street, Liberty, MO 64068
Ruth Moore Park is named after Liberty's Park Board Chair in 1954. Located just a few blocks from historic downtown Liberty and next door to one of Liberty's fire stations, this park features a popular fire-themed splash pad and a newly installed zip line.


This park features

  • 1 Spray Ground
  • 1 Picnic Shelter
  • 1 Playground
  • 2 Horseshoe Pits
  • 1 Basketball Court
  • Neighborhood orchard
  • Zip-line

5.  Arthur's Hill Park -
 243 S Jewell Street, Liberty, MO 64068
Tucked in a neighborhood southeast of downtown Liberty, Arthur Park may be just  2-acres, but it's tree house play amenity, in ground slides and climbing structure are popular with the kids. 

Arthur's Hill Park

This park features

  • Picnic Tables
  • Swings
  • Slides
  • Climbing Play Structure
  • Soccer Goals and a Large Sandbox 

6. Fountain Bluff Sports Complex - 2200 Old 210 Highway, Liberty, MO 64068
While this facility is known by many as the place to play baseball, softball and soccer in the northland, Fountain Bluff Sports Complex quite a bit more within its 146 acres, including stocked fishing ponds, three playgrounds and paved walking trails. 

This complex features:

  • 9 Softball/Baseball Fields
  • 2 Covered Playgrounds
  • 1 Playground by the Soccer Fields
  • 9 Soccer Fields 
  • 2 Miles of Paved Walking Trails
  • 8 Ponds stocked for fishing


For more information and a complete list of Liberty's parks and trails, see the Parks and Recreation website. 

-- -- Contributed by Liz Lovesee, intern with the City of Liberty
Jun 20

Meet the Artist - Jacob Burmood

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 10:09 AM by Claire Jackson

We sat down with Kansas City local sculptor, Jacob Burmood, at the installation of his sculpture Plumb Twisted (located in the 200 Block of Franklin Street outside of the Clay County Archives). This installation is the first of a new, annual revolving sculpture program that is funded through the Liberty’s Transient Guest Tax and awarded by the Liberty Arts Commission. Burmood was the first recipient of a $1,000 honorarium for his work, which will be on display for one year. There will be two more installations in 2017, which will be on display through July 2018 when six new sculptures will be installed, all around Liberty’s downtown area.

Tell us more about this piece – what inspired you to create Plumb Twisted?

JB: When I started sculpting Plumb Twisted I was trying to set up the conflict between organic growth, shown in the thorns, and gravity. It’s made of steel, fiberglass, resin and red iron oxide and was first completed in 2015, but any time a sculpture is in my possession I tinker with it. Making changes and additions.

Burmood w Plumb Twisted for web

What is your favorite medium to use?

JB: Bronze. Its workability is amazing and it’s very strong. Lately, I’ve also been using cold cast aluminum for most of my works.

How many sculptures have you made?

JB: Since I completed undergrad – nearly 200. Really I’ve been sculpting since childhood. My fascination started with carving wood I found outside in the yard.

Do you notice your style changing as you grow as an artist?

JB: Yes – Graduate School at the University of Kansas was a big catalyst for change in my work. This piece, Plumb Twisted, expressing conflict between two forces, is unusual for me.

What is your creative process like?

JB: I try to create an interesting composition with surprises. For me, sculpting is like taking individual instruments and creating a symphony. All of the elements and ideas that you have for a piece come together and work together to create something bigger, the complete sculpture.

Do you experience creative blocks?

JB: Yes, of course. The best way to solve them is to give attention to a lagging project. As long as I’m in the studio every day, I find a way to break through the creative blocks by always working.

What is your favorite thing about sculpting?

JB: Sculpting is an active form of meditation. It draws you into the immediate moment.

What is your advice for beginners?

JB: Take a class at a local community college. I’m an adjunct professor at the Johnson County Community College teaching sculpting. These classes are made for everyone, not just those wanting to major in art or sculpture, including those coming in with zero experience.

What do you wish you had known about sculpting before you got started professionally?

JB: Art is more of committing to a lifestyle than starting a career.

What’s the hardest part?

JB: Naming it once the sculpture is complete.

Plumb Twisted will be on display in Liberty through June 2018. Artists interested in applying for the remaining 2017 Public Art Sculpture Program honorariums can learn more on the City of Liberty website.

Jun 20

A walk through the woods

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 10:04 AM by Claire Jackson

The summer sun is heating up here in Liberty, but don’t let that stop you from exploring Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. In fact, summer can be the perfect time to get out of the city and spend some refreshing time in nature. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary (MLTNS, or Martha Lafite for short) is located on the east side of Liberty.


Rush Creek flows through the 100 acres of forest and restored prairie, and there are several miles of paved and grassy trails. An early morning hike on these trails is a great time to look for many species of birds that you won’t encounter in more populated areas, like indigo bunting, summer tanager, oriole, hermit thrush and bluebirds.

Rare Birds Photo by Linda Williams

Native wildflowers and pollinating insects are in abundance on the trail through the tallgrass prairie restoration, and hummingbirds can usually be seen in the Master Gardener’s butterfly and bird garden just outside the nature center.


Few can resist dipping their feet in the calm waters of Rush Creek as they look for frogs, little minnows and water striders skittering on the surface. You might also see if you can find my favorite spot at MLTNS, a little babbling brook at the start of Bluff Trail.

If it’s starting to heat up, there’s much more to see and do inside the Nature Center. Kids especially will enjoy exploring the touch table, watching the turtles swim, looking eye to eye with several slithery snakes (housed safely behind glass), and chatting with Carmel, the resident rabbit!

Much of the summer at MLTNS is dedicated to week-long summer camps for kids age 3-14, but there are still several programs to get in on if you’re in Liberty for a short time.
  • If it’s a Saturday, plan to attend a one-hour Story Time at 1:30 p.m. 
  • If it’s a second Saturday of the month, you’ll be amazed to watch the Northland Wood Carvers at work from 10 am – 3 pm. 
  • On the second and fourth Saturdays at 3 pm, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to help feed the animals in the nature center. 
And Thursday evenings you can join the Hiking Group. For a full list of scheduled events this summer, click on the Event Calendar on the MLTNS website.

Martha Lafite is definitely a spot you won’t want to miss on your visit to Liberty. The trails are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the nature center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no fee for entry, but a $5 per vehicle donation is requested. MLTNS is a non-profit organization that receives no governmental funding, so individual donations are greatly appreciated. Also, pets are not allowed on the premises, so you’ll have to leave your sweet puppy elsewhere. I hope you’ll take some time this summer to explore this unique site and connect with nature at Martha Lafite!

Contributed by: Anne Nickel, MLTNS Board President