New Tallgrass Creek resident Helen LaValley smiles for the camera next to the collection of pewter she brought with her to Tallgrass Creek. She's wearing a bright reddish-orange top and a long necklace.

The COVID-19 pandemic stopped many things but it didn’t stop people from moving to Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living-managed community in Overland Park, Kans. 

Among those new residents is Helen LaValley who moved to Tallgrass Creek on April 2, while residents were all adhering to shelter-in-place guidelines. 

Calvin Bey checks out a tomato plant in one of three garden spaces he tends at Tallgrass Creek. He's wearing wire-framed glasses, a red plaid shirt, and blue jeans.

Though fall is right around the corner, Tallgrass Creek gardeners are still enjoying summer’s bounty from their well-tended gardens. 

Director of Sales Blake Marshall takes a turn in front of the camera for an interactive conversation with residents on Tallgrass Creek’s in-house television station. Different Tallgrass Creek team members serve as talk show host on the community TV Studio

A brief glimpse at Tallgrass Creek’s 40-page monthly activity calendar shows that the Overland Park, Kans., community is normally a very busy place.

Residents Judy Higginbotham (left) and Judy Geer chat during a luncheon held in February for Tallgrass Creek visitors, next to displays of floor plans in the new building, like the Plaza and Westin.

Judy and Wes Geer first heard about Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living-managed community in Overland Park, Kans., when they were visiting friends in Michigan. 

Tallgrass Creek community member Karen Cox (right) enjoys chatting on air with KSHB meteorologist Lindsey Anderson who covers the morning weather for a local television station. Karen hosted Anderson on Tallgrass Creek’s in-house talk show.

About once a month, Tallgrass Creek resident Karen Cox joins one of her neighbors in the community’s Prairie View Theater where they “mic up” on the set of talk show 1851 Studio Chats.  

In February, Tallgrass Creek Sales Director Blake Marshall (left) greeted Paul Curtis who reserved a residence at Fountain View, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building scheduled for completion later this year.

As Fountain View, Tallgrass Creek’s modern new residence building, continues to rise, future residents and prospects are eager to learn more about the Overland Park, Kans. community.

“Tallgrass Creek offers so much in terms of lifestyle, affordability, and amenities,” says sales counselor Elaine Bahr. “We have a wonderful story to share.”

Community members display signs from their windows to express their appreciation for the staff who provide their needs at the door, allowing the residents to stay safely at a distance. The sign here reads "we heart Tallgrass Creek staff".

Tallgrass Creek adjusts to a new normal

When COVID-19 cases escalated, Tallgrass Creek residents began “sheltering in place” so, like most people, their day-to-day routines began looking quite different. 

Bonnie and Pat Whalen light up the dance floor with their swing dance during Tallgrass Creek’s Dancing with the Stars competition held this February.

There were waltzes, disco moves, country-western two-stepping, and more when Tallgrass Creek high steppers performed in the community’s standing-room-only Dancing With the Stars competition on February 23, 2020. 

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (from left) Suzi Dobbelaere, Ruth Smith, and Sue Keena smile for the camera during the annual activities fair this February at the Overland Park, Kans., community.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (from left) Suzi Dobbelaere, Ruth Smith, and Sue Keena smile for the camera during the annual activities fair this February at the Overland Park, Kans., community.