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Charlotte R White
A Higher Standard of Maintenance
Photos and article about the "distinctive Great Ape House" at the Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park. Description of the new acquisition and "higher maintenance" standards of park land in Kansas City's park...
A Stately and Serene Oasis in Kessler Park
February 13, 2011
A short description of the Colonnade and JFK Memorial in Kessler Park located at the intersection of Gladstone Boulevard and St. John Avenue. The Colonnade, designed by Henry Wright and possibly based...
A Story of the Development of the Parks and Recreation Department Published on the Occasion of Its Diamond Jubilee: 1892-1967
Listing of the various parks in the city in 1967 with photos, history, and descriptions.
America's Most Beautiful City
Description with photos of the notable park system: "Tying them all together is the longest system of municipal boulevards in the world."
Andrew Drips Park
Description of the 0.16-acre park acquired in 1882, between Belleview, 16th, and Jarboe Streets, with photo, drawing, and history as being the first city park.
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City Illustrated, 1908
Photos and description of Kansas City's park and boulevard system, depicting Admiral Boulevard, Grand Avenue, Independence Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Cliff Drive, and Gladstone Boulevard.
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City, 1908
Map, description, and area (for each park) and distance (for boulevards) charts about the Kansas City park and boulevard system with an inset of Swope Park.
Description of the 7.53-acre park between 22nd, Elmwood, 23rd, and Kensington Avenues, acquired in 1913, with photos, a drawing, and history.
Beginning of the Park and Boulevard Movement in Frontier Kansas City, 1872-1882
Article tracing the origins of the Park and Boulevard System of Kansas City, starting with early parks and their justifications, before the idea of connecting them into a city-wide system.
Biography of Delbert J. Haff (1859-1943), Early Parks and Boulevards Legal Counsel
Description of the 6.93-acre park between 68th Street, a residential area, Gregoy Boulevard, and Forest Hill Cemetery, established in 1921, with photos, drawings, and history.
Description of the 26.39-acre park acquired in 1891, between Saint John, Hardesty, and Brighton Avenue, and Budd Park Esplanade, with photos and history.
Description of the formerly 8.01-acre park acquired in 1931, between 31st, Monroe, Linwood, and Indiana Avenue, with photos, drawing, and history, having lost much of its original "integrity" as a park....
City Park, Lake and Canyon
Postcard of Lake and Canyon at City Park
Description of the 4.01-acre park acquired in 1909, between Charlotte, Missouri, Pacific, and Holmes Streets, with photos, history and drawing.
Data on Parks and Boulevards of the 50 Largest Cities
Table showing statistics about parks and boulevards for the 50 largest American cities, with Kansas City having the most miles of boulevards at 90, followed by Chicago at 84.3.
Did You Know? Horses and Parks
Article about many of the changes in the Northeast residential district since the beginning of the park and boulevard system. Description of some of the riders of (and places designed partly for horses...
Dr. Johnston Lykins Square
Description of the 4.95-acre park acquired in 1913, between 7th, Jackson, 8th, and Myrtle Streets, with photos and history.
Everything's Up-to-Date in Kansas City's Park System
Article about the "updating" of the park system's facilities and roads, with new pavement, additional parking, new buildings, etc.
Financing Kansas City's Parks
Maps, photo, and discussion of acquisition and maintenance of "neighborhood recreation areas."
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