Gardner might just seem like paradise to you and your family if you like to stay active all year round. This relatively small city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers such a wide range of athletic, instructional and recreational programs from which to choose that everyone in your family is sure to find at least one thing to suit their tastes.
In addition to its many neighborhood parks, playgrounds and picnic areas, the city manages the Gardner Aquatic Center. This water park’s extraordinary amenities include an active in-water play area and zero-depth entry for the wee little ones, several water slides and climbing nets for the teens and tweens, and a lazy river and floatable walk for the adults.
The city of Gardner is proud of its important role in the state’s and nation’s history. It was on the front lines in the battle over slavery and in October of 1861, Gardner fought off invading “Bushwhackers” from neighboring Missouri, who were in favor of slavery.
You and your family can learn more about your new hometown at several area facilities, including the Johnson County Museum, the Lanesfield School Historic Site and the Gardner Historical Museum.
There are a number of attractions within 20 miles of town, like the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Overland Park, the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, and the Children’s Museum of Kansas City in Kansas City.
The Gardner-Edgerton Unified School District covers those two cities, with six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school located in Gardner. The only school that’s not located in Gardner is the Edgerton Elementary School.
Gardner residents enjoy convenient medical and health care at the Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital on Main Street. There are also several options near the city, including the Olathe Medical Center.
(About 7 miles away), Saint Luke’s South Hospital (about 13 miles away) and Overland Park Regional Medical Center (about 15 miles away).
Although there aren’t many public transportation options within Gardner itself, the town’s relatively small size makes getting around a breeze. It is, however, part of the Johnson County Transit Shuttle route, so people who need a public transportation option can get to Kansas City or other Johnson County destinations.