As 2023 draws to a close, Overland Park can proudly look back on a year filled with remarkable accomplishments, new beginnings, and well-deserved recognitions. The city has flourished with the introduction of unique businesses, hosted thrilling events, and received accolades that underscore its excellence. Join us as we reflect on the past year and anticipate the exciting prospects that lie ahead in Overland Park. 

New Businesses Flourish 

Overland Park welcomed a plethora of new businesses in 2023, adding vibrancy and diversity to the local scene. Food enthusiasts found delight in establishments such as but not limited to AR’s Breakfast & Brunch, Leafy Korean Dessert Café, Of Course Kitchen + Co, and Discourse Brewing. Families discovered favorites in BRKTHROUGH and SERV, while shoppers explored the offerings of new stores like Clairvaux and Native Seed. These additions have not only enriched the community but have also become integral parts of the city's charm. 

AR's Breakfast and Brunch

Previous Events Make Waves 

Overland Park played host to the PPA KC Open, a dynamic pickleball competition that garnered attention from across the nation. With players representing 46 states and 4 countries, the event was a resounding success, attracting enthusiastic spectators and creating a buzz in the media. Elite Tennis & Wellness’s venue provided the perfect backdrop for this thrilling competition, with Championship Sunday being a standout moment, marked by a sold-out crowd and standing room only. 

Pickleball Fans

Accolades and Recognition 

Overland Park has shone brightly in the eyes of national recognition. The city achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Municipal Equality Index, emphasizing its commitment to inclusivity. CNN named Overland Park one of the Top 20 Best Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S., highlighting its unique flavor, attractions, and family-friendly environment. recognized Overland Park as one of the Best Places to Live in America, praising its warm community, strong economy, top-rated schools, and affordability. 

The Overland Park Convention Center secured the title of the Best Small Convention Center in North America, a testament to its excellence in hosting events. The Overland Park Farmers Market was crowned as the Best Farmers Market in the US, attracting praise for its vibrant community and unique offerings. Furthermore, the city was acknowledged as one of the Happiest Cities in America, reflecting the positive atmosphere that permeates Overland Park. 

Thompson Park

Upcoming Events to Anticipate 

As we look ahead to 2024, Overland Park is gearing up to host the College Baseball Hall of Fame's "Night of Champions" on February 15, 2024. This prestigious event will celebrate the induction of the 2023 College Baseball Hall of Fame class and honor outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators, and contributors to college baseball. Overland Park's rich baseball culture and state-of-the-art facilities make it an ideal host for this momentous occasion. 

Additionally, the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex is set to host the 2024 and 2025 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships. With 215 teams representing over 13 states, this event promises to be a highlight, showcasing the city's commitment to sports tourism and its ability to compete on a regional and national level. 

In conclusion, 2023 has been a year of growth, achievement, and recognition for Overland Park. As we eagerly await the new year, let's celebrate the successes of the past and look forward to the exciting events and opportunities that Overland Park has in store for 2024. Wishing everyone a fantastic and prosperous New Year!