Kansas City Parks Tour: Franklin Park

Franklin Park in Prairie Village

One of best parks in the metro has to be Prairie Village’s Franklin Park. The park, located at Roe and Somerset avenues, not only has playgrounds for both big and littles but also has an amazing natural playground, roller slide, sand pit with toys and plenty of green space to run. Plus, almost the entire park is in the SHADE!

Best Features of Franklin Park

  • SHADE!
  • Nature playground with a stream (turned on in the summer)
  • Great visibility to watch multiple kids at play
  • Tire swing
  • Varied playground structures including a climbing wall, roller slide and spin chair
  • Large sandbox that is full of toys to play with so you don’t need to bring your own.
  • Playground equipment was replaced a couple of years ago and a music garden area was added.
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Indoor bathrooms
  • Water fountain

Franklin Park in Prairie VillageMom Tips

  • Even if you visit on a hot day, the creek, shade and wind make it an enjoyable time
  • Bring water shoes or an extra pair of shoes for the creek
  • A towel and a cup or small bucket is helpful for the creek.
  • Wear sandals yourself because it feels lovely to stick your own feet in
  • With the massive sand pit and nature play area, do not expect to leave this park clean! Maybe this isn’t the best choice for a pre-fancy dinner park 😉
  • Summersalt Ice Cream Co. is around the corner at Corinth Square. Perfect for a post-park treat.


For more Kansas City parks to add to your list,
visit our Guide to the Best Parks in Kansas City.

Kelsey Pomeroy
Kelsey was born and raised in Branson, Mo. It was there, in the town that boasts the “World’s Largest Banjo” that she met her husband, Samuel. It was his first day at a new high school and she was the only person to say “Hi” to him that day, so he married her! A decade later and now they take up residence in KC-adjacent-Suburbia, but tell out-of-state people they are from “Kansas City” because it is way easier. Kelsey taught high school English for 6 years, but now she stays home to hang out with her adorable toddler, Theodore. Her passions include traveling (34 countries and counting!), playing board games, writing murder mystery parties, reading, and talking to as many people as possible.