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Preserving a Towering Landmark
A group of area residents has formed the Waldo Tower Historical Society to preserve and document the Frank T. Riley Memorial in Tower Park. The water tower was constructed in 1920 and used until 1957.
Big Brother in the Parks
April 16, 2003
To help with the problem of illegal dumping, graffitti, and other forms of destruction in parks and byways, the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department is now using cameras to help control the problem....
Lloyd Canton Also in Race for Legislature
April 20, 1956
Biographical article about Lloyd Canton, an African American candidate "for representative in the Missouri state legislature from the fourth district," with residence at 3027 Walrond Avenue. Canton was...
By the Way: Cliff Drive Moving Forward
April 20, 2005
The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Commissioners have approved the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway Interpretive Plan. The plan calls for three informational kiosks to be built along the drive. Article states...
These KC Music Students will Rock You with Their Skills
April 23, 2014
Article profiles three Kansas City-area music schools that focus on teaching rock-based music instruction to young students: School of Rock, KC Rock Band & Guitar, and Rock School KC. Several instructors...
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...
Lego Builds a KC Home
April 27, 2012
Article describing the new Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center in Kansas City, which boasts 30,000 square feet and two amusement park rides, at a cost of $15 million. The attraction is set to open...
A Rose in Any Other Garden
April 30, 2006
Article features Sarajane S. Aber and her association with the Kansas City Rose Society. She has been a member of the organization for 30 years with 22 of those years as rose garden chairwoman. The society...
Rebecca "Becky" Jaramillo Honored
April 5-11, 2007
The Rebecca H. Jaramillo Garden, located at N. Oak and N.E. 52nd Street, next to the Children's Fountain, was dedicated March 31, 2007.
John D. Parks Is Dead: Cancer Is Fatal to Former K. U. Teacher of Design, 32
April 5, 1954
Obituary for John Parks, "artist, teacher of design and aspiring author," dying at the age of 32 in 1954. Native of Wichita, Kansas, coming to Kansas City in 1951 as an art teacher at Kansas University...
Youth Groups Adopt Concourse
Photos and article about the "adoption" of the Concourse in Kessler Park by "St. Anthony's Youth Group and the Public Achievement group of Holy Cross" school. Other news about the cleaning, painting, and...
Kessler Park, Cliff Drive: Designated Scenic Byway?
Advances detailed in the Cliff Drive/Kessler Park State Park Plan. The newest idea is named the Kessler Park Cliff Drive Scenic Byway.
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...
Kory Goes Public as Oz Faces Increased Opposition
Discusses reaction of Oz theme park developers to opposition to their development.
Educator, Parks Supporter Dies at 88
August 1, 2008
"Jeremiah Cameron, a language and literature educator who served on the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners from 1972-1979, died" July 29, 2008. He died before the dedication ceremony...
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...
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...
The Pins Are In!
August 25, 2004
Kessler Park now has a disc golf course after its supporters spent the last four years meeting with Parks and Recreation, PIAC representatives, neighborhood associations and other businesses and supporters....
Lincoln Electric Park
August 29, 1915
Lincoln Electric Park, an amusement park for African Americans, was located at 20th and Woodland. Neaby residents protest the license granting the Lincoln Electric Park Company to operate a beer garden...
Vandals Trash Shoal Creek Museum
August 29, 2006
Vandals damaged parts of the Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Kansas City, North, just west of Liberty off of 152 Highway or Barry Road. The damage will amount to thousands of dollars. "The museum...
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