Amenities: Wading pool, two ball diamonds reserved by permit, playground, four tennis courts, 1.06-mile exercise trail with polyurethane rubber track surfacing. Gillham Park is home to an annual Santa's Wonderland held in December. History: What is today commonly known as Gillham Park was created in 1899-1902 with the acquisition of property for Gillham Road, which runs from 22nd and McGee south to Brush Creek Boulevard. While there is actually no official Gillham Park, the are is filled with play areas and open spaces. Gillham Road was named for Robert Gillham, who is considered "the father of Kansas City's cable railway system" [KC Star, May 20, 1899]. He was on the Park Board at the time of his sudden death at age 44 from pneumonia and appendicitis in 1899.