My interest in this park was piqued when a friend mentioned “the hippo park” in Olathe. Gretchen loves hippos so I knew it was gonna be a hit. This park is tucked away in a neighborhood in south Olathe. It is well maintained and has a lot of unique playground features. We stopped by here on a Sunday evening to check it out. It is not on the official summer park tour.
15501 S. Brougham Dr. Olathe, KS 66062
What we love about Brougham Park: Gretchen’s favorite feature at this park was probably the hippo tunnel. This park is different than many other Olathe parks in that it has a lot more to offer for big kids. The lower tier of the play structure is great for the preschool set, but then the upper tier is well suited for elementary aged kids or little ones that are adept at climbing. Gretchen still needs a spotter for some of the taller climbing features but she loved going down the steep slides once she made it to the top. There is a separate climbing structure (the trees) that she is definitely too small for at this point but she still enjoyed trying and she loved watching the bigger kids climb it. There are 2 baby swings and 2 big kid swings and a huge open field next to the playground perfect for flying a kit or running around. This park is connected to the nearby neighborhoods by a trail that is nice for walking or riding bikes/scooters. There is a nice shelter next to the park that is first come first serve.
Other things to know about Brougham Park:
-There is no parking lot for this park, but you can park along the road next to it or in the evenings/weekends in the school parking lot across the street.
-There are also no bathrooms at this park, not even a port a potty, kind of a bummer.
-This is one of Olathe’s 22 neighborhood parks. I’m jealous of the families that live close and can pop over here in the evenings! This is a lesser known park (I learned about it from a friend) so I imagine it’s not as busy as some of the other parks in Olathe.