Irene B. French Community Center

Irene B. French Community Center Closing March 13 at 5 p.m.

In a continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the City of Merriam will close the Irene B. French Community Center at 5 p.m. on March 13 with the plan to reopen Monday, April 6, 2020. All City events, meetings, and activities are also postponed or canceled during this timeframe. We’re canceling events because of social distancing recommendations from health experts surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cancellations and postponements include:

  • All classes and events are canceled. 
  • “Senior’s Spring Fling” Opening Reception at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery scheduled Thursday, April 2 is canceled.
  • Brunch with a Bunny scheduled Saturday, April 4 is canceled.

Call the IBFCC at 913-322-5550 with any questions.

Additional COVID-19 Updates

Irene B. French Community Center


Located in a renovated, historic school building, the Irene B. French Community Center is a 33,000 square foot facility and the home of the majority of the Merriam Parks and Recreation programs.

The facility also provides space for the Johnson County Nutrition Program Congregate Meal Site, which is also known as the Senior Citizen hot lunch program.

Room Rental
Facility rooms are for rent to host your reception, party, meeting, or seminar. Rental rates vary, depending upon the size of the room, and are available for Merriam residents, non-residents, and commercial groups. 

Facility Amenities


  • Art gallery
  • Conference room
  • Dance studio with wood floor, mirrors, and ballet barre
  • Fitness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment
  • Game room with pool table, Foosball, ping-pong, and big screen television
  • Gymnasium with built-in stage and open basketball/pickleball play
  • Kitchen
  • Three classrooms
  • Two multi-purpose rooms

New Merriam Community Center

Take a look at the exterior vision of the new Merriam Community Center. The community center is expected to open in 2020. Learn more.