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oz Theme Park
June 11, 1936
A Post Card from Old Kansas City
Named after a Pioneer
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...
Decades of Decay Erased
August 30, 2009
A cooperative program between business owners and community service workers has cleaned up public areas in the West Bottoms. Workers have weeded and landscaped parks and medians, removed trash from vacant...
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.
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...
Memorial to Black Vets to Be Unveiled
September 7, 2010
A memorial of polished, black granite honoring black veterans in all conflicts will be unveiled by the parks department and Enshriners on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Located in the median on The Paseo...
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...
When Did Grand Avenue Become Grand Boulevard?
November 13, 1994
According to this question and answer column that appeared in the Star Magazine, Grand Avenue became a boulevard in 1993. "The change affects the stretch of Grand Avenue from Crown Center on the south...
December 16, 1949
Across the street was Hyde Park, privately owned then, with an iron fence and locked gates, only the Hyde Park householders possessing keys. ..
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.
Former Councilman Lewellen Dies at 73
May 15, 2011
Article about Bob Lewellen, a former Kansas City Councilman and parks commissioner, who died May 14, 2011. Lewellen ran for mayor in 1991 but was defeated by Emanuel Cleaver. Most recently Lewellen had...
The Happy Warrior
Article about buildings around Hyde Park.
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...
Remember KC's Hottest Summer? Residents Sweltered in Disbelief in 1936
Article about the 1936 heat wave with record high temperatures at the time and clippings of headlines and cartoons.
Hope to Restore Cusenbury Springs
Article about the efforts to restore the "natural spring. ..at the old Fairmount park" popular in the 1920s and 1930s, near Lexington Avenue and Northern Boulevard.
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.
Memories Ripple Across Lake of the Woods
January 7, 2009
Article about the Lake of the Woods, a man-made lake in Swope Park. The lake was constructed in 1908 and was considered a horseshoe shaped lagoon. The reservoir that was to supply it was formed by building...
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