Entrance to the Kauffman Conference Center
Kauffman Legacy Park encompasses thirty-seven acres near the Country Club Plaza in the heart of the Brush Creek Corridor, a six-square-mile area in Kansas City, Missouri’s midtown dedicated to the development of a world-class cultural and research district surrounded by healthy neighborhoods.
Three separate but adjacent areas comprise Kauffman Legacy Park: the offices of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with adjoining Kauffman Conference Center, the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, and the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center.
Together, the offices of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Kauffman Conference Center total an expansive 138,000 square feet. The building, designed originally by Kallman McKinnell & Wood Architects of Boston, opened in January 1999 and was updated in 2008 by 360 Architecture of Kansas City. Merging advanced conference facilities and the latest technology with pleasing amenities and a welcoming atmosphere, the Kauffman Conference Center has 65,000 visitors per year. This superb site can accommodate up to 220 persons per event with 40,000 square feet of meeting space—ideal for thought leaders from around the world to share innovative thinking and engage in dialogue with a broad audience.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is an exquisite area of Kauffman Legacy Park across Rockhill featuring bronze sculptures by Tom Corbin among lush and colorful annual and perennial plantings, pruned foliage framed by stone walls and playful fountains inspired by the Kauffmans’ world travels. Comparable to parks across Europe, this beautiful and contemplative space in all seasons is the gravesite of the late Ewing and Muriel Kauffman.
The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center building, east of the Kauffman Foundation building and facing Troost Ave., is surrounded by ten acres of gardens, wetlands, walkways, and wildlife. The Discover Center focuses its educational programs on helping urban children and adults appreciate the bounty and beauty of nature, and learn outdoor skills such as hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and growing native plants. The building also houses information and outreach services of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Fall scene of the Memorial Garden