North Vivion Road and North Norton Avenue
Amenities at the 3.42-acre Penguin Park include: one reservable shelter house, restrooms and playgrounds. The 1.88-mile Lakewood Greenway Trail runs through the park. Penguin Park is home to an annual “Santa’s Wonderland” in December.
Penguin Park began as part of Lakewood Greenway, an area acquired by the Parks Department in 1957. Vernon Jones, the Kansas City North parks district supervisor, created and built figures for Santa's Wonderland in Gillham Park. After another employee made a miniature penguin for Santa's Wonderland, Jones decided to build a large penguin in 1964. The penguin was placed on the northern area of Lakewood Greenway and was a hit. Jones created other animals for the site, such as a giraffe, elephant and kangaroo. He continued to create other figures for Santa's Wonderland at the northern park and Gillham Park, as well as other figures and more conservative work for the Parks Department, such as repairs to columns.
While unofficially known as "Penguin Park" for years, the corner of Lakewood Greenway was officially renamed Penguin Park in December 1998.
Recycling is now available in Penguin Park!
Visitors to Swope, Loose and Penguin Parks can now recycle their empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans. This program is intended to reduce the waste stream by encouraging recycling. This not a recycling drop off center. It is intended for use by park patrons only.
Please do the right thing and use the right bin! Empty all plastic bottles completely and remove the lids and empty all aluminum cans prior to tossing in the blue recycling bins. This program is funded by a grant from the MARC Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.