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A Done Deal
Discusses various reasons why the author believes the proposal for implementation of the Wonderful World of Oz theme park will receive the approval of the Johnson County (Kansas) Board of Commissioners....
A Great Loss for Kansas
March 8, 2006
Article featuring Gordon Parks and his accomplishments. He died March 7, 2006. Included is a timeline of events in his life and an excerpt of his poem ''A Sign by the Road.'' Parks received the University...
A New Spin on Fun
September 8, 2005
Description and illustrations of the new Patriot roller coaster opening in the spring at Worlds of Fun. Length: 3,081 feet; height: 149 feet; first drop: 123 feet; top speed: 60 mph; ride time: 2 minutes,...
A Post Card from Old Kansas City
A Postcard from Old Kansas City
Photo and history of Fairmount Park (established by Arthur Stilwell to promote his interurban railway between Kansas City and Independence), located at the eastern limit of Kansas City with the area's...
A Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, and Lots of Political Clout
Discusses the details of the development of the Oz Theme Park by the Oz Entertainment Company, Incorporated, on the contaminated grounds of a former ammunitions plant.
Description of John Parks, "art instructor at the University of Kansas, who recently completed an elaborate decoration at Sidney's restaurant on Linwood boulevard." Description of his "mural depict[ing]...
Adding Value to Kansas City Neighborhoods
August 16, 2009
A Star editorial about how private citizens, in particular Frank Uryasz, help to maintain city parks. Uryasz and his wife, Ann, have worked to improve Hyde Park, between 36th and 38th streets along Gillham...
Agency Nominee Backs Kansas Outdoors Tourism
January 14, 2011
Nominated by Gov. Sam Brownback as secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Robin Jennison talks about his vision for promoting the "outdoors experience" in Kansas.
An Impressive Start at Revitalizing Penn Valley Park
May 12, 2013
Editorial summarizes recent efforts to revitalize Penn Valley Park and suggests future improvements. The author states that the efforts took place under the leadership of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy...
An Oasis Imperiled
August 3, 2004
Editorial decrying a proposed change to Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, "one of the most inviting public spaces in Kansas City," located at 12th and Walnut. According to the author, the city's plan...
Anywhere But Here
Article about the history and present state of Berkley Riverfront Park, a city park on the Missouri riverfront between the Paseo and Heart of America bridges.
Area Organizations Partner to Level the Playing Field at Belvidere
February 23, 2011
Local organizations such as Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Don Bosco Centers, Sporting Kansas City, and the Northeast Soccer League have partnered to raise over $250,000 for a new soccer complex at...
At Sunflower, the Trouble is Below the Surface
Discusses the contaminated grounds of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, plans for its development into an Oz theme park, and challenges to those plans.
Beloved Penn Valley Park Has New Protector
May 26, 2010
The Penn Valley Conservancy is a new organization and a "potentially powerful ally for the stretched city parks department" in advocating for the park. The group's purpose is to protect the historic park...
Beyond the Trees of Penn Valley Park, the Towers of the City
Photo of the park and the view from it of Downtown, with caption.
Budd Park Coming Along
Article gives details about the progress of the pool renovation at Budd Park.
October 12, 2005
Budd Park was named after Judge Azariah Budd who gave 20 acres in 1890 to get the park started. It now contains 26.39 acres and is located between Brighton and Hardesty avenues, from St. John to Budd Park...
Burned Rubber, Shared Memories
November 28, 2011
The Kansas City International Raceway at 82nd Street and Noland Road was purchased by the city for a park. It has been the home track for the American Hot Rod Association.
Can a Park make a City? The Case for Davis Park.
June 25, 2005
The author examines Ilus W. Davis Park, comparing it to "parks that work" in the nation's great cities. What the park lacks is people, due to the absence of housing and entertainment nearby. If civic leaders...
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