We've enjoyed hiking during our retirement, traveling throughout the western part of the United States, but rarely considering trails in our own area. Today we revisited the Arboretum, enjoying it as if we were strangers.
This is an amazing park, from the educational facility, through the well-kept trails, and especially through the fabulous sculpture exhibits. Each season offers something different - spring flowers, summer beauty, fall colors, and wide visibility of the winter.
Recently, a new large sculpture path was installed with some wonderful bronzes placed along the way. Each sculpture was a wonderful study in art. I found no information about them in the main park building nor the park web site. They seem to be of Chinese origin, though for these elderly bones, the bronze captions were difficult to ready as they were all placed low on the concrete bases of the art.
The educational signage for the various tree types is in a bit of disrepair, but overall I'd have to say the Overland Park Arboretum is among the best maintained park that we have visited. It's almost embarrassing that there is no fee for entry, but we're among those who gladly leave a generous donation in hopes that young families can enjoy this facility.
If you're in the Overland Park area, it's worth the trip!