with Parks & Rec Director BJ Staab

Good news, spring has arrived or at least that's what the calendar says! This time of the year we start feeling what they call "spring fever," which brings different levels of excitement, enjoyment and optimism. When you're trying to figure out how to manage those levels, we've got you covered! We have a lot of programs and activities coming up that are mentioned in this Destination Connection and be sure to check out our website for additional services and facilities.

How do you use our parks?
Just for a bit of fun, I would like to see how you and your family use our parks. Please snap a picture and email me using the link below. Photos may be used in upcoming newsletters, social media or on our website. Enjoy this spring weather!
Liberty Community Center

The Liberty Community Center (LCC) is a family friendly place committed to providing fitness resources and recreational facilities to all members of the family. The LCC offers many programs that help benefit both the body and the mind. We also serve as an affordable place for people to exercise, educate and spend time with family and friends. Adult memberships start at only $33.50 /month giving you access to the following amenities:

  • 9,300 sq. ft. Wellness Center with Walking Track
  • NEW - 3200 sq. ft. Weight Room and Outdoor Space
  • 4 Swimming Pools
  • Gymnasium with Pickleball Court
  • Men's and Women's Locker Room
  • NEW - Companion Care Locker Room
  • Hot Tub & Sauna
  • Child Watch Area
  • Meeting and Banquet Facilities and Rentals
  • Birthday Parties

Member benefits include:
  • Unlimited group exercise classes
  • Complimentary child watch
  • Member rate on LPR programs, services, rentals and personal training
Every Kid Healthy Week: What is it?
Every Kid Healthy™ Week (EKHW) is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances and observed the last full week of April each year, each day of the week shines a spotlight on the great actions schools and families are taking to improve the health and wellness of their kids and the link between nutrition, physical activity, mental health and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn and thrive!

Throughout the week, LPR will be posting resources and activities on the City of Liberty Facebook page for ways you can participate in EKHW. In the meantime, check out the Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) Resource Library for activities, event ideas, resources and step-by-step guidance.
March: By The Numbers
  • 2,143 meals delivered
  • 23 days delivered
  • Average of 93 meals per day
  • Delivered to 107 different recipients
  • 4 new recipients
  • 1 new volunteers
Dog Obedience Training

Instructed by Rosemarie von Fintel, these classes are based on the Canine Good Citizen Program from the American Kennel Club. Rosemarie has more than 20 years of dog obedience experience and provides proven techniques that will benefit both you and your dog.

There are beginner and advanced classes where you will work on skills needed in everyday life, house breaking, grooming, problem solving and more.

Next session is May 5 - June 9.
"Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer, are now considered to be diet-related and 60 percent of adults have one or more of these conditions."

- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025

Liberty Parks & Rec has partnered with Natural Grocers here in Liberty to bring you six Wellness Wednesday classes led by their nutritional health coach.  It is never too early or too late to eat healthfully. Just about everyone, no matter their health status, can benefit from shifting food and beverage choices to better support healthy dietary patterns.
Bring your family and friends, along with your blankets and lawn chairs, and head out to Stocksdale Park to enjoy a FREE movie on the big screen under the stars.

At this time, as a precaution to limit congregating and the potential spread of COVID-19, LPR will not have any concessions. We will monitor the Clay County Public Health Center's guidelines as we get closer to each movie date and will adjust accordingly. Moviegoers are encouraged to make an evening of it and bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets. Please remember, alcohol is not allowed in Liberty’s parks.

2021 Movie Dates
Friday, May 21
Friday, June 25
Friday, Aug. 27 
Please vote for the movie you would like to see for Popcorn in the Park on May 21.
Trolls World Tour
Sonic the Hedgehog
Active Adult Activity Guide

At this time, we don’t know when things will return to “normal” at the Liberty Silver Center. What we do know is that COVID-19 changed the way that we look at things, and sometimes change can be scary. While the full Silver Center remains closed, the following FREE programs will be offered this quarter:
The goal of the Liberty Silver Center has been and always will be to provide a place for community. We will do our very best to reconnect our Silver Center community as soon as we can, in the safest way possible within the Clay County Public Health Center and Centers for Disease Control Guidelines. It will be slow, and it will look different, but we are excited for the day we can see you again! 
Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit

LPR is a program partner with FastKick Martial Arts, providing you more than just kicking and punching. At FastKiick, we believe in teaching our students the importance of setting goals. We help them learn about taking action to achieve those goals. And we realize that through this process, one by one we are changing lives!

Lil Lions - Ages 3-6
Core Lions - Ages 7+
Tuesday and Thursday

Upcoming Sessions
  • April 6 - 29
  • May 4 - 27
  • June 1 - 24
  • July 6 - 29
Earth Day - April 22

Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. The day marks the start of the environmental movement in 1970, and for the past 50 years has resulted in policy change and a greater awareness of the environment. In 1990, Earth Day became a global event, mobilizing 200 million people to encourage environmental protections and encourage people to recycle. This year's theme is "Restore our Earth."

Join us for an Earth Day event as we Team up to Clean up Liberty's Parks. Grab a family member, friend, and/or neighbor and pick up supplies at the Liberty Community Center where we will provide trash bags and gloves to pick up trash. Supplies are always available for pick up so you can grab them and head to your favorite park any day that works for you!
Arbor Day - April 30

The Liberty Tree Board will have a virtual tree planting at Ruth Moore Park in recognition of Arbor Day. Parks staff will plant a tree between the play structure and the splash pad and we plan to have the Mayor read the proclamation to dedicate the tree. Follow Liberty Parks & Rec on the City of Liberty Facebook page for Arbor Day festivities.

Click the link below to view some resources to help you keep the spirit of Arbor Day strong. Together, we can inspire the world to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
Swim Safe. Have Fun.

Learning to swim is an important life skill at any age. Develop swimming competency, confidence and endurance in a safe and fun environment. Liberty Parks & Rec offers a variety of group swim lessons available on either Monday and Wednesday, Tuesday and Thursday, or Saturday.

Spring sessions that begin on April 10 and 14 and May 10 are still available.

Summer sessions will be available to register starting April 26 and will be offered in June - August.
Forest Health Alert - Oak Wilt

The City of Liberty Tree Board would like to inform you that Oak Wilt has been found in
the area. This is a fast killing fungus that can kill a mature Oak tree in one or two
seasons. If you have an Oak tree, specifically a Pin Oak, take proper precautions when
trimming the tree branches as open wounds may allow the fungus into the tree.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has provided some information and resources that show signs and symptoms and how to slow the spread.
Tiny Tot T-Ball

Step up to the plate with LPR T-Ball! This program is designed for boys and girls ages 2-5 to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness and encourage social interaction. Over the four weeks of instructional mini clinics we will have an emphasis on fun, participation and teamwork. Participants are guaranteed playing time in the field and at bat. The session will end with a game on the last week.

May Sessions
  • Monday, May 3-24
  • Tuesday, May 4-25 
  • Wednesday, May 5-26
  • Registration deadline is Apr. 26

June Sessions
  • Monday, June 7-28
  • Tuesday, June 8-29 
  • Wednesday, June 9-30
  • Registration deadline is May 31
April 9-12, 2021
Available at the Liberty
Dick's Sporting Goods or Online
online coupon code available Wed., April 5

Dick's Sporting Goods is a sponsor with
Liberty Parks & Rec
Summer Camps >GO

Group Exercise Schedule >GO

Volunteer Opportunities >GO

Parks & Trails Interactive Map >GO

Get Connected - Notifications >GO

Job Opportunities >GO