Modern Leawood truly combines the best of historic tradition with the momentum of the contemporary. Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area and Daniel Boone explored the land with French and American traders in the early 18th century. However, a retired police officer from Oklahoma, Oscar G. Lee, is the city's founding father. His land purchase in 1922 is the foundation of present day Leawood.
Today's city encompasses 14.7 square miles and is connected to every major interstate and throughway in the area. It is a tight-knit community with the convenience of a big city and the peacefulness of a small town. The impressive growth and demographic characteristics of Leawood provide local retail businesses with access to a lucrative consumer market. Town Center Plaza is an open-air retail development featuring 1.5 million square feet of upscale retail stores such as Galyan's, the Gap, Pottery Barn and Ann Taylor. The area's major employers are AMC Town Center 20 Theatres, Galyan's, Sprint and United Parcel Service.
Education is also a top priority to residents of Leawood. There are more than 30 colleges and universities in the surrounding area including Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas.
Leawood City Park is an exciting getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The 66-acre park offers something for everyone, including baseball and soccer fields, picnic areas and tennis and basketball courts. It is also home to the Leawood Aquatic Center. The Tomahawk Creek Greenway is a 4.1-mile asphalt path, which meanders along Tomahawk and Indian creeks. The three lakes located along the Parkway are stocked with channel catfish, green sunfish and large mouth bass every month between April and September. Two new parks are being developed in Leawood, one of which will be named I-Lan Park in honor of Leawood's sister city in I-Lan, Taiwan.
The founding fathers hoped for a hometown community with big-city amenities and Leawood has delivered on that vision. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Kansas and it charms residents and visitors alike with its picturesque parks and streets, highly rated schools, low crime and unemployment, thriving businesses and proximity to the greater Kansas City metro area. Founded on the values of tradition, stability and appreciation of neighborhoods, Leawood shows sophistication and vision. It is a unique community growing with distinction.
Leawood residents are also minutes from a Kansas City Chiefs football game, the Kansas City Zoo, the Country Club Plaza, Union Station and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
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