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The Romanelli Reserve has a variety of fantastic green spaces and art spaces to enjoy just a short distance away!


The Parks 

Loose Park – KC Parks and Recreation

In addition to the vibrant shops and restaurants that call Brookside home, the charming adjacent neighborhoods feature many well-kept parks, such as Brookside Triangle Park, Arbor Villa Park, and Loose Park, as well as the famous Trolley Trail, one of KC’s most loved walking trails! This 6.5-mile trail is perfect for strolling or biking through the beautiful historic neighborhoods in and around Brookside and Waldo – and all are just steps away from The Romanelli Reserve. For furry friends, there are multiple well-maintained off-leash dog parks for pets to run, play, and socialize!

A couple of miles to the east of The Romanelli Reserve lies sprawling Swope Park – Kansas City’s largest park. Swope Park is home to the Kansas City Zoo, as well as two public golf courses, Swope Memorial Golf Course and Heart of America Golf Course, another off-leash dog park, the Lakeside Nature Center, and Starlight Theater. This 1,800+ acre park is the perfect place to reconnect with nature without having to leave the city!

Just a few blocks northwest of the Romanelli Reserve is another famous KC park, Loose Park! This beautifully maintained green space is the third-largest park in Kansas City and hosts numerous events throughout the year. There’s something for everyone at Loose Park. There’s a walking and biking trail that runs around the perimeter of the park. Further in, you’ll find a playground, a stunning rose garden, a Japanese tea garden, a gardening center, and tennis courts. Many visitors come just to relax out on the spacious rolling green hills.

The Arts

The Nelson-Atkins Museum

Art lovers will appreciate the short drive from The Romanelli Reserve to two of Kansas City’s – and the Midwest’s – most famous art museums, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Nelson-Atkins is known for its incredible collection of art, with pieces coming from nearly every continent over many, many eras of time. In addition to the museum’s impressive permanent collection, it also hosts a variety of interesting exhibitions throughout the year. And while you are there, you can’t forget to visit the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park right outside the front doors of the museum. Among the gorgeous works of art out here, you’ll be able to get up close to the famous giant Shuttlecocks that playfully dot the front lawn.

Almost right next door to the Nelson-Atkins is the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum opened in the mid-‘90s but quickly became one of the nation’s leading modern art museums. Each year, the museum hosts dozens of incredible exhibitions featuring works from established, as well as emerging, artists. And, the Kemper Museum is also home to Café Sebastienne, where visitors can enjoy world-class brunch and lunch menu items.

Both of these museums of free to visit and their close proximity to the Romanelli Reserve make it easy to pop in for a few hours or spend the day exploring their collections!

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