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Park's Jewel Returns to Glory
Photo and article about the re-opening on October 11, 2001 of Cliff Drive as a "historic roadway" in Northeast Kansas City receiving "the State Scenic By-Way designation." Also a chronology of Cliff Drive's...
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 Favored Downtown
Article calling for more parks Downtown to counter the "overly intensive usage" of land, with problems of crowding, transportation, intermittent blight, etc. without space designated as open.
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....
August 5, 2012
Cover story on the Mid-Western Artifact Society, established in 1976, that is "the largest metal detecting club in the Kansas City area." The group holds monthly meetings at spots they've obtained permission...
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...
Penn Valley Park
History regarding the land that later became part of Penn Valley Park, especially the home of Frank L. Wilkinson and where the Pioneer Mother statue now stands.
Plan Seeks More Parks
Overview of the park situation in the city and examination of needs and benefits of an increased area for parks within the city.
Planes Thrilled 125,000 Here in 1918
Article recalling the mock air battle on August 28, 1918, over Swope Park, by the British-American Flying Mission touring the country to provide the public better understanding of airplanes and their utilization...
Playtime in Blue Valley Park
October 6, 2004
The Blue Valley Neighborhood Association adopted Blue Valley Park four years ago to help turn around the park's bad reputation. Now there is a new playground and a disc golf course. Help came from non-profit...
Pondering a Sweeping Vista of Brush Creek Beauty
May 14, 2003
Illustrations and map of proposed improvements along Brush Creek. The design was developed by Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Consulting Engineers, Planners & Architects under commission by the parks department....
Presenting Kansas City to its forty thousand newcomers.
March 7, 1943
Written as a a "guide to newcomers to Kansas City", this article provides an overview of the City, its layout and attractions in 1943.
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.
Progress at the Second-Oldest Park
October 11, 2006
Article details the Indian Mound neighborhood's concern about cleaning up Budd Park. Michael Herron, North region manager at Parks and Recreation "explained that Budd Park, established in 1891, is Kansas...
Promises of a Really Big Show
Discusses the career and activities of Robert B. Kory, the man behind the proposed Oz theme park near DeSoto, Kansas.
September 9-15, 2010
Article describes the efforts of midtown resident Chris Harris to sustain an urban park he built in his Ivanhoe neighborhood. Located between 40th & 41st streets along Wayne Avenue, Harris Park includes...
Reach for the Stars
January 20, 2008
Cover story about artist Laura De Angelis and her work on the new design for Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park at 12th and Walnut streets called "Celestial Flyways." "The centerpiece of the redesigned...
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.
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.
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