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Angela C Bond
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...
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.
Crime Diminishes Park's Glory
August 2, 2013
Article describes how drug and criminal activity has made Independence Plaza Park a dangerous place for children and residents of Northeast Kansas City. Past and current efforts of the Kansas City Parks...
Fierro Brings Experience to Park Commission
September 29-October 12, 2005
Article profiles John Fierro who has just been appointed to the Board of Parks & Recreation. A native of the Westside, Fierro has served on numerous public commissions and the Friends of Penn Valley Park....
Funkhouser Shakes Up Park Board
June 12, 2007
Newly elected mayor Mark Funkhouser has appointed a new Kansas City park board. The members are John Fierro, Tyrone Aiken, Frances Semler, Aggie Stackhaus, and Ajamu Webster. Funkhouser "took a slap at...
Just Off Broadway Theatre Gets Larger Home
July 10, 2011
Thanks to tax increment financing dollars from the Federal Reserve's new regional headquarters just south of Penn Valley Park, the Just Off Broadway Theatre has been able to "dramatically enhance the building...
KC Park Board to Study Service
August 4, 2008
Members of the city's Park Board plan to take a closer look at the city's 10 community centers. The main concern is that the centers are well maintained and that they meet the needs of the community. About...
KC Parks Enjoy Impressive Rebound
July 26, 2009
The SHAPE program (Safe, Healthy and Attractive Public Environments) initiated by Kansas City in 2003 appears to be working. The parks are cleaner and tennis courts, fountains, benches, and drinking fountains...
Master Plan Developed for KC Park Department
January 3, 2005
A master plan for the Parks and Recreation Department has been developed by the consulting firm of Bucher Willis & Ratliffe. The plan finds that the department is overextended in covering 211 parks with...
New KC Museum Leader Named
April 26, 2014
Article announces that the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department has named Anna Marie Tutera as the new executive director of the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall. Tutera's background in museum...
Nichols Fountain Mystery Solved at Last
July 7, 2010
The J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain was once the centerpiece of the Stanley Mackay family's Harbor Hill estate in Roslyn, New York, on Long Island. The fountain had been created in 1910 by French sculptor...
Park Board Launches New Image
June 18, 2008
Kansas City park board begins marketing campaign not only with a new logo, "the green ball," but plans for its own Internet domain. "The campaign is one way the park board is attempting to fulfill Mayor...
Parks and Recreation Department Statistics
February 28, 2007
Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department has 212 parks, 130 ball diamonds, 116.5 surface acres of lake, 109 tennis courts, 55 shelters, 20 soccer fields, 19 miles of exercise trails, 18 football fields,...
Parks Improved in 2003, is 87% Good Enough?
January 21, 2004
The city's Parks and Recreation Department started conducting random inspections of 129 of the city's parks. There were 948 reports logged in 2003 and in 829 of the cases the conditions were rated as acceptable....
Pedestrian Trail to Connect Cliff Drive to City Market
August 29, 2012
The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department has received a grant from the National Scenic Byway Program for the construction of a pedestrian and biking trail connecting the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway...
Rojas Adds to Duties
May 14, 2003
Cici Rojas, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, became, what is believed to be, the first Hispanic commissioner on the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. She...
Tall Oder for Park Charmers
May 10, 2006
The Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners agreed to showcase six large sculptures by Mackenzie Thorpe at the Mill Creek Park. The oversize art works will be for sale. The Parks Department will receive...
Trail or Trash
September 4-10, 2014
Article documents an effort by Brett Shoffner, executive director of the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, to close Cliff Drive that runs through Kessler Park to car traffic. Shoffner and other...
Troupe Group Hopes to Raise Curtain on Space
December 28, 2005
Article describes the Just Off Broadway Theater Association, a coalition of community theater groups based in Penn Valley Park at 3051 Central Avenue. The article reports a five-year agreement between...
What Makes Kansas City Fountains Royal Blue?
October 6, 2014
Article detailing the process of dyeing Kansas City fountains different colors to raise awareness for a cause. Local company Blue Valley Laboratories produces nine different colors of fountain dye, and...
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