Leawood turns 75 this year — How the city will celebrate

Leawood 75th anniversary

This year, the city of Leawood will celebrate 75 years with a new logo, new public art and history-themed events. File photo.

This year, Leawood will celebrate 75 years as a city.

In honor of the anniversary, the city has a number of commemorations in the works for the coming months, including public events and a new public art sculpture.

Leawood 75th year anniversary
Above, the original Leawood City Hall at 96th Street and Lee Boulevard. Photo via Leawood Historic Commission website.

The city will host history-themed activities for the anniversary

  • This summer, the Leawood Historic Commission will host scavenger hunts and tours for kids and adults based on historic sites across the city.
  • The commission is also planning a 75th anniversary trivia night for early November, at either the Ironwoods Lodge or the Leawood Community Center’s Oak Room.
  • A larger celebration is in the works for early October, according to the city’s historic commission.

Leawood also has a new city logo

  • In fall 2022, the Leawood City Council got a first look at the city’s new logo.
  • The new logo features a singular tree-shaped design with leaves in white on a blue spruce backdrop.
  • The logo will appear on items like city merchandise, business cards, landmarks and city vehicles.

The city will also add a new celebratory art piece

  • A special arts selection panel chose Leawood native William Nemitoff’s sculpture to honor the anniversary.
  • The sculpture, “Reaching,” will depict a 28-foot olive tree out of 12,000 pounds of clear acrylic and powder-coated aluminum.
  • The sculpture will be installed either at the Leawood City Park or the Gezer Park.

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