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Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is dedicated to providing a variety of leisure, wellness and educational opportunities for Independence residents and visitors through well-maintained parks, aquatic facilities, historic sites, and museums. Special events, programs and classes are available throughout the year for families, adults, seniors and children of all ages and abilities.

Families enjoying the entertainer in front of them during the event, Popsicles in the Park, with a playground in the background at Mill Creek Park.
A banner that says Joy to The World with Santa on one side and a snowman on the other side used as decoration at The Palmer Center's Christmas Celebration

Senior's Christmas Celebration

Friday, December 8, 2023
Palmer Center
City-Wide, Holidays
An image of the Children's Performing Theatre logo in rainbow colors with a white background.

Children's Performing Theatre presents "The One & Only Santa Claus"/"A Charlie Brown Christmas" - Dec. 8

Friday, December 8, 2023
Roger T. Sermon Community Center
City-Wide, Entertainment, Family Activity
Image of an individual buying a holiday craft

Uptown Holiday Market

Saturday, December 9, 2023
Independence Uptown Market
Holidays, Shopping

Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1019
Independence, MO 64051