Raytown’s Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing the citizens of Raytown with a variety of recreational facilities and programs at a reasonable cost. Residents of Raytown can now explore the range of benefits the city has to offer through our new web site. Please visit each section of our site and find out what we have to offer you!


Due to social distancing recommendations from the CDC:

Shelter houses, tennis courts and the skatepark will open on June 1, 2020. 

Fishing Derby rescheduled to September 12, 2020!


Health officials continue to stress the importance of practicing social distancing and good hygiene, as well staying home if you are sick.  We are following Jackson County Health Departments recommendations on sanitation in our parks.

Residents should stay informed and ensure they are receiving information from reliable sources. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Jackson County Health Department offer up-to-date information on their websites and social media. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has activated a 24/7 phone hotline for the public or providers to receive information or guidance related to COVID-19. The hotline can be reached at 877.435.8411.

Due to social distancing recommendations from the CDC:

Shelter houses, tennis courts and the skatepark will open on June 1, 2020.  



Mission Statement

The Raytown Parks & Recreation Department was established under its own Board of Directors for the following purposes:

  1.  To serve the residents of Raytown and the general public by providing:
      1. A pleasant, safe, and well-maintained parks, recreational facilities, and equipment at a reasonable cost to the participant .
      2. A variety of recreational programs that are designed, scheduled and staffed to maximize accessibility.
  2. To provide a working environment for its staff that promotes safety, open communication, and fair treatment.
  3. To provide the City of Raytown and it's taxpayers a department that effectively and efficiently uses its funding and resources to generate a sense of pride in the community.

Raytown Parks Master Plan  

What is the Purpose of the Master Plan?

 Master planning equips city officials with the direction and goals necessary to grow and develop toward meeting the needs of the community. A good plan outlines goals, objectives, and action steps toward implementation and ensures goals are met.  

What are the Goals of the Master Plan?

The major goals set forth in the 2016 Master Plan are:

  • Develop a strategic framework to sustain park operations since the department faces tough decisions from potential sales tax revenue cuts.
  • Identify potential park sites and strategies for future park acquisition, land use and growth with a focus on trail linkages such as the Katy Trail, Metrogreen connections, parks, schools, greenways and key city business centers
  • Identify levels of investment required to achieve the city’s envisioned future park system
  • Identify project for the 10 year Capital Improvements Plan with funding allocations and prioritized park projects for the City’s CIP. Prioritize quick wins projects with a low cost and high impact
  • Cultivate community partnerships
  • Explore the need to develop a land dedication ordinance or park impact fees for developers
  • Re-establish a Raytown Parks Foundation to garner park support and raise funds for specific projects-examples, dog park or disc golf course
  • Increase recreational variety, enhance park experiences and fill gaps in parks and recreation experiences
  • Continue to operate special-use sites as enterprise funds (self-supporting or  revenue-generating entities)

What is the purpose of the Community Survey?

 The community survey provides a comprehensive, statistically valid measure of citizen usage, satisfaction, needs, unmet needs, priorities, and other services that will assist in short and long range decision making with regard to recreation and leisure activities and facilities. The results of the survey serve as the basis of a broader needs assessment that will assist the Parks Department in:

  • Positioning as an essential service provider in the City of Raytown
  • Positioning for additional revenues 
  • Determining partnerships and collaborators 
  • Planning facilities, programs and acquisitions 
  • Correlating connections between services provided and needs being met 
  • Implementing the City of Raytown Parks and Open Space System Master Plan 
  • Implementing the Raytown Parks and Recreation Program Plan


Where Are We Now?

 The links are found here:


Non-Discrimination Statement

Raytown Parks and Recreation Department, an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information, or age in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to all groups.

ADA Compliance

The City of Raytown acknowledges its responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Thus, in order to assist individuals with disabilities who require special services (i.e. sign interpretative services, alternative audio/visual devices, and amanuenses) for participation in or access to the City of Raytown sponsored public programs, services and/or meetings, the City requests that individuals make requests for these services forty-eight (48) hours ahead of the scheduled program, service and or meeting.  To make arrangements, contact Raytown Parks and Recreation at 816-358-4100.

Bids in Progress

No bids at this time.

 Contact Information

For address, phone numbers and e-mail addresses see the "Links & Helpful Information".