The two-year construction process for the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s new visitor center is coming to a close.
Construction began two years ago
- Plans for the new visitor center go back to 2006, when the Overland Park City Council approved the idea as part of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Master Plan.
- The $23 million project received funding from Overland Park’s Capital Improvement Plan and from the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park.
- In 2022, the price tag went up by $320,000 due to inflation-related rises in construction costs.
The center features a range of amenities
- The 21,000-square-foot space will be offered for community events, including weddings and meetings.
- Its indoor features include exhibits, rental rooms, a café and a gift shop.
- Outside the center, visitors can also view fountains, a reflecting pool and entry gardens.
The center will also feature a new art piece
- LongHouse’s north lawn will also become home to a a 30-foot sculpture called “Growing Kindness.”
- The stainless steel sculpture, armed with steel poppies, will serve as a tribute to local artist Jeff Hanson, who died of a brain tumor three years ago.
- The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park is currently working to raise money for the sculpture’s creation and installation, which will cost $3 million in total.