Warrensburg – Present and Future

Nestled away, about an hour drive east of Kansas City, stands a city bursting with pride in its people, values, and hometown spirit. Warrensburg, the perfect combination of progressive thinking and small town hospitality, is a little piece of heaven that thousands call home!

Warrensburg’s humble beginning took place when Revolutionary War veteran Martin Warren took to the western frontier and came upon a Garden of Eden in which he placed his homestead. Active during the Civil War, the town grew constantly and became home to the nationally famous Old Drum Court Case in which the dog was declared man’s best friend. Whether you’re sipping a cappuccino at Java Junction, shopping for shoes at Brown’s Shoe Fit Company, or taking a lunch break at Heroes Restaurant, you can see glimpses of the city’s heritage throughout the newly renovated look of the historic downtown Warrensburg’s streets.

Warrensburg has blossomed from the days to include a thousand existing retail establishments with exciting growth on the horizon.  Warrensburg is home to a variety of businesses including hotels, numerous business offices, and a multitude of restaurants including Applebee’s, Copper Coyote, and Rib Crib. Extensive commercial growth in the north created the Santa Fe Trail and Northtown Plaza strip malls. Whether it’s a small, intimate boutique with friendly, individualized assistance or a major discount store, the Warrensburg business community offers it all.

At the heart of our vibrant and expanding community stands the Warrensburg Community Center, a 6.2 million dollar structure that provides citizens with one of the finest indoor recreational facilities in the nation. The aquatic area features a large indoor water slide, six-lane lap pool, water basketball, water volleyball, a therapeutic spa, a zero depth entry leisure pool, bubble benches, family locker rooms, and much, much more!

The gymnasium comes complete with six basketball hoops, allowing two full-court basketball games to be played simultaneously, and can also be used as a full size volleyball court. The state-of-the-art fitness center comes complete with weight training machines, electronic exercise bikes, treadmills, steppers, free weights, and personal trainers are available to assist people with their fitness program. People may also choose from a wide variety of aerobic classes and can use the indoor track for a walk, jog, or run.

While expansion is invaluable and is important to any progressive city, educating its youth for the future plays a major role in keeping Warrensburg ahead of neighboring communities. During the summer of 1999, the elementary schools were entirely revamped to make air conditioning available to every classroom. The Warrensburg High School includes a theater and agricultural center. A separate vocational school serves the Johnson County area. The district excels in a multitude of sports for both boys and girls, and has one of the lowest drop-out rates in the state. The district cooperates with UCM in developing quality educational programs, and students can earn college credits while still in high school.

Founded in 1871, University of Central Missouri has been serving the Warrensburg community for generations. This highly esteemed university includes a 5.5 million dollar football complex, an enlarged and remodeled baseball stadium, newer amphitheater and bell tower, and the incredible 30 million dollar library, named in honor of James C. Kirkpartick, who served as the Missouri Secretary of State for twenty years.

UCM has helped make Warrensburg the regional center for culture, arts, and music. Clint Black, Sinbad, Adam Sandler, Clay Walker, Robert Kennedy Jr., famed High School principal who inspired the movie Lean on Me, Joe Clark, and even the former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbechev have given presentations at the university.

A friendly neighbor lives next door to the east of Warrensburg named Whiteman Air Force Base. Whiteman’s proud history dates back to its activation in 1942 as the Sedalia Air Field and is now the current home to greatest bomber plane in history, the B-2 “Stealth Bomber.” Thousands of military individuals are employed by the base while many choose to make Warrensburg their home. The “Wings over Whiteman” annual air show presents an unparalleled display of aerial skill and exciting tactics as the Stealth Bomber, T-38 Talon, Cobra Helicopters, and the A-10 Tunderbolt II (otherwise known as the Warthog) roar across the sky.

Centrally located in the Show Me State, Warrensburg is only a short drive away from a wide variety of vacation locations and other recreational opportunities. The State Fair sits a short 25 mile trek away in Sedalia, while an hour west lies the excitement of the world class city of Kansas City. If people prefer the stars in the sky to the Plaza Lights, the great outdoors of the Lake of the Ozarks is a quick 90 minute hike south, and Truman Lake is less than an hour away.

The historic lake and resort of Pertle Springs has brought vacationers to Warrensburg for decades. This featured area near Lion’s Lake has a swimming pool, golf course, hiking trails, and is the perfect setting for a relaxing picnic while watching the sun go to sleep. Some people may choose to view the various flower arrangements in a glorious botanical garden located west of town at Powell Gardens. Others hike, camp, and fish in the 3,000 acre Knob Noster State Park located just minutes east. Whether it’s enjoying a professional theatre presentation at UCM, viewing the air show at Whiteman or laying beside the lake counting stars, the people of Warrensburg enjoy the very best!

The City of Warrensburg uses the city manager governing system and focuses its attention on providing services to the community including: police, fire, sewer, streets and parks. There are 30 full and 3 reserve police officers protect the community as well as 2 volunteer police chaplains while 24 full-time and 24 part-time firefighters stand-by in case of a fire. The City works in partnership with the  Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, Warrensburg Main Street, Inc. and Johnson County Missouri Economic Development Corporation to promote business growth downtown and in the City’s commercial and industrial area. The Main Street, Inc. program is in place revitalizing the historic downtown area. The population of over 18,000 warmly welcome the three percent annual growth that takes place in Warrensburg as more and more people bring their lives, dreams, and families to our loving and caring city.