Lake Lenexa Dam and Spillway – Lenexa, Kansas - Atlas Obscura

Lake Lenexa Dam and Spillway

Lenexa, Kansas

An artistically engineered dam designed to honor the relationship between humankind and nature. 


Nestled in the suburbs, you can find the dam and spillway constraining Lake Lenexa, and the life that flourishes around it. Completed in 2006 as part of the city’s Vision 2020 Project, the outfitted dam serves as a functional piece of art.

Embellished with fountains, sculptures, and flowing reservoirs of water, the dam’s adornments each symbolize a different part of the water cycle. They also serve as commentary on the role humans play in the ecosystem. The spillway from the dam seeps into the surrounding park, forming many green spaces where one may sit and observe the birds and other animals that call the area home.

Know Before You Go

The park is open every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.. The distance from the northern parking lot to the dam is roughly one-third of a mile.

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