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Swinney Recreation Center

Directions to Swinney Recreation
Event Guidelines and FAQs
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Special Events Information Central

Swinney Recreation Center hosts a number of special events at UMKC as well as the Kansas City metropolitan and regional communities throughout the year. In this section, UMKC and select Community Partners will be able to locate additional information that will help guide both them and their participants on the event day, including directions to Swinney Recreation Center on the UMKC Volker Campus; special event guidelines and FAQs; campus parking information, including maps with proper designations; and TBD.

Fitness Facts

~ A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise. —A.A. Milne

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Directions to Swinney Recreation Center

These directions are for planning purposes only. Construction projects, traffic, weather or other events may cause conditions to differ from these results and individuals should plan route accordingly. Obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

From the East

Interstate 70 Westbound (Blue Springs / Columbia)


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    • Follow Interstate 70 West into Kansas City
    • Take Exit 8A to merge onto Interstate 435 South; follow Interstate 435 South for approximately 2.3 miles
    • Take Exit 8A to merge onto Eastwood Trafficway; follow Eastwood Trafficway for approximately 0.4 miles
    • Turn right onto Blue Parkway; follow Blue Parkway for approximately 2.0 miles
    • Blue Parkway continues into Swope Parkway; follow Swope Parkway for approximately 1.5 miles
    • Swope Parkway continues into Volker Boulevard; follow Volker Boulevard for approximately 0.3 miles
    • Turn left onto Troost Avenue (stoplight)
    • Turn right onto East 50th Street
    • Turn left onto Rockhill Road
    • Take the first left into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the East

US Highway 50 / Missouri 350 Westbound (Lee's Summit / Sedalia)


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    • Follow US Highway 50 West into Lee's Summit
    • US Highway 50 becomes Missouri Highway 350/Blue Parkway West at I-470/US 50 interchange
    • Follow Missouri 350 / Blue Parkway West for approximately 10.8 miles
    • Blue Parkway continues into Swope Parkway; follow Swope Parkway for approximately 1.5 miles
    • Swope Parkway continues into Volker Boulevard; follow Volker Boulevard for approximately 0.3 miles
    • Turn left onto Troost Avenue (stoplight)
    • Turn right onto East 50th Street
    • Turn left onto Rockhill Road
    • Take the first left into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the West

Interstate 70 Eastbound (Lawrence / Topeka)


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    • Follow Interstate 70 East into Kansas City
    • Interstate 70 East continues into Interstate 670 East
    • Take Exit 2A to merge onto US 71 South; follow US 71 South for approximately 3.5 miles
    • Take Exit 190 toward Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
    • Turn right onto Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard; follow Cleaver II Boulevard for approximately 1.0 miles
    • Turn left onto Rockhill Road
    • Take the first right into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the North

Interstate 29 Southbound (St. Joseph / Kansas City International Airport)


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    • Follow Interstate 29 South into Kansas City
    • Near downtown, take Exit 3 to merge onto US 71 South; follow US 71 South for approximately 3.7 miles
    • Take Exit 190 toward Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
    • Turn right onto Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard; follow Cleaver II Boulevard for approximately 1.0 miles
    • Turn left onto Rockhill Road
    • Take the first right into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the North

Interstate 35 Southbound (Liberty / Des Moines)


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    • Follow Interstate 35 South into Kansas City
    • Near downtown, take Exit 3 to merge onto US 71 South; follow US 71 South for approximately 3.7 miles
    • Take Exit 190 toward Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
    • Turn right onto Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard; follow Cleaver II Boulevard for approximately 1.0 miles
    • Turn left onto Rockhill Road
    • Take the first right into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the South (Missouri)

Interstate 49 / US Highway 71 Northbound (Grandview / Joplin)


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    • Follow Interstate 49 / US Highway 71 North into Kansas City
    • US Highway 71 North continues into Kansas City at Interstate 435 / 470 Interchange
    • Follow US Highway 71 North for approximately 6.2 miles
    • Take Exit 190 for Swope Parkway
    • Turn left onto Swope Parkway (first stoplight at end of exit ramp)
    • Swope Parkway continues into Volker Boulevard; follow Volker Boulevard for approximately 0.3 miles
    • Turn left onto Troost Avenue (stoplight)
    • Turn right onto East 50th Street
    • Turn left onto Rockhill Road
    • Take the first left into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the South (Kansas)

US Highway 69 Northbound (Louisburg / Fort Scott)


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    • Follow US Highway 69 North into metropolitan area
    • US Highway 69 North continues into Interstate 35 North
    • Take Exit 228B to merge onto US Highway 56 / Shawnee Mission Parkway East
    • Follow US Highway 56 / Shawnee Mission Parkway East for approximately 6.0 miles
    • Upon crossing State Line Road, stay left at the fork to continue onto Ward Parkway East
    • Follow Ward Parkway East for approximately 1.4 miles
    • Ward Parkway continues into Volker Boulevard
    • Follow Volker Boulevard for approximately 0.4 miles
    • Turn right onto Rockhill Road at stoplight
    • Take the first right into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

From the Southwest

Interstate 35 Northbound (Olathe / Wichita)


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    • Follow Interstate 35 North into metropolitan area
    • Take Exit 228B to merge onto US Highway 56 / Shawnee Mission Parkway East
    • Follow US Highway 56 / Shawnee Mission Parkway East for approximately 6.0 miles
    • Upon crossing State Line Road, stay left at the fork to continue onto Ward Parkway East
    • Follow Ward Parkway East for approximately 1.4 miles
    • Ward Parkway continues into Volker Boulevard
    • Follow Volker Boulevard for approximately 0.4 miles
    • Turn right onto Rockhill Road at stoplight
    • Take the first right into parking area
    • Swinney Recreation Center is located at the top of the hill, adjacent to Atterbury Student Success Center
    • Park in the appropriate designated area (UMKC Campus Map)

Fitness Facts

~ Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. —Joseph Pilates

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Event Guidelines and FAQs

Special Event Guidelines

Children

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    • Children are allowed to attend special events occurring at Swinney Recreation Center and our outdoor facilities. All children must act appropriately and respect the rules of the facility and the privacy and space of our other members and guests. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to make sure children are adhering to the rules and acting respectfully while at Swinney Recreation Center. Children should remain in the assigned space(s) for each respective event.

Food & Drink

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    • Food and drink (other than clear, bottled water) is not allowed inside the facility activity spaces, including the Multipurpose Courts, Indoor and Outdoor Tracks, Recreational Field and Aquatic Center. Appropriate locations for food and drink are in the North Lobby/Concessions Area and Vending Area.

Display Signage

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    • All promotional material, decorations and facility modifications must be pre-approved by and coordinated with express consideration from Swinney Recreation Center professional staff. Organizations and individuals must remove all signage and displays upon the conclusion of the event.

Photography

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    • Photographs may be taken during special events. Photographers must remain on the event level and inside the assigned event space in order to take photographs. Photography from the Indoor Track is not allowed.

Prohibited Items

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    • All tobacco products
    • Alcohol
    • Firearms
    • Open flames
    • Animals (unless certified as service animal)

    • Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Depending upon the nature of the event, additional items may be included.

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Campus Parking Information

There is no free parking on the UMKC campus on weekdays (Monday - Friday), whether classes are in session or not. Between the hours of 6:00a to 10:00p, parking lots and structures will be monitored by UMKC Parking Operations.

UMKC Campus speed limit is 10mph.

Metered Spaces

Metered areas are indicated in yellow on the UMKC Campus Map. Parking is available to the general public in the metered areas (using either a meter or a parking pay station) located in:



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    • Area 43 (pay station north of the Atterbury Student Success Center)
    • Cherry Street Parking Structure - 5th & 6th Levels (pay and display areas)
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Area Conveniences

On Campus Dining

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    • UMKC Dining Hall
    • Smart Market
    • Einstein Bros.
    • Jazzman's Cafe
    • Chick-fil-A
    • SubConnection
    • UMKC Cafe

    • Please visit UMKC Dining Services for locations and operating hours.

Area Restaurants

Area Lodging

On Campus ATMs

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    • Student Union - 2nd floor (5100 Cherry Street)
    • Atterbury Student Success Center - 1st floor (5000 Holmes)
    • Administrative Center - 1st floor (5115 Oak Street)
    • *Please remember that these buildings have different operating hours than Swinney Recreation Center and may not be available

Off Campus ATMs

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    • UMB Bank (4920 Main Street)
    • U.S. Bank (4901 Main Street)
    • Country Club Bank (414 Nichols Road)
    • Bank of America (4720 Jefferson Street)
    • Valley View Bank (4550 Belleview Avenue)

Area Attractions

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    • College Basketball Hall of Fame
    • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    • Nelson Art Museum
    • Country Club Plaza
    • Westport
    • Crossroads Arts District
    • Power & Light
    • River Market
    • TBA
    • TBA

    • Please visit UMKC Dining Services for locations and operating hours.

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