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Reservoir Skate Park?
Discussion of making the old city reservoir near St. John and Wabash in Pendleton Heights a state-of-the art skate park.
Restoring a Garden Treasure
November 12, 2008
The rose garden at Loose Park will undergo its first major renovation in its history. It was establsihed in 1931. The "new and imporved version of the garden--one that hews closely to the plan of tis legendary...
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...
Santa Fe Crossed Here
June 25, 2003
The Blue Valley Neighborhood Association has organized with the city's Parks and Recreation Department an event to commemorate the Big Blue River crossing of the Santa Fe Trail. The event will be held...
Review of Christmas-themed parks in Kansas City, particularly the Santa's Wonderlands at Gillham Park and Lakewood Greenway, known informally as Penguin Park.
Scarritt Spring Rediscovered
October 22, 2003
Scarritt Spring ruins have been discovered and it is believed the spring was located belong Cliff Drive after Cliff Spring was developed above the road. David Remley, Brad Finch and Parks and Recreation...
Sculpture at Bloch Cancer Survivors Park
June 7, 2010
Color picture of bronze sculpture, "Cancer ... There's Hope," at the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park with cancer survivors David Rule of Mission and Sarah Jury of Kansas City. The photo was taken during the...
August 7-13, 2003
Article describes plans underway for a state-of-the-art park for skateboarders in Kansas City. With the guidance of a city-sponsored task force, a skating facility with the approval of City Hall is planned...
Squeezed by the State
June 27, 2013
Article reports on efforts by supporters to save the Gordon Parks Elementary School (3715 Wyoming St). State legislators have decided not to renew the school's charter after determining that it has underperformed...
Standin' on the Corner Once Again
September 12, 2005
Goin' to Kansas City Plaza was dedicated on September 11, 2005. The piano-shaped park at 12th and Vine streets "pays tribute to the spirit of 12th Street."
Still a Top Secret
May 31, 2011
The Green Roof park is located in the Kansas City Power and Light District on top of the parking garage that serves Cosentino's at 13th and Main Street. The half-acre lawn surrounded by a paved walkway...
June 11, 1936
September 15-21, 2005
Article recounts the dedication ceremony on September 11, 2005 of the ''Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th Street and Vine." The park commemorates the corner immortalized in Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's...
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...
The Happy Warrior
Article about buildings around Hyde Park.
The Kaw as a "Recreation Corridor"
Discusses the current state of the Kansas River and its use for recreational purposes.
The Passing of Forest Park
October 4, 1912
Forest Park was opened May 30, 1903, by Col. John D. Hopkins, manager of Forest Park Highlands in St. Louis. Ten acres of wooded land were leased four blocks east of the east end of the Independence Avenue...
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....
The Public Life of a Private Woman
Biographical article about Sheila Kemper Dietrich, a community activist in Kansas City and daughter of banker R. Crosby Kemper, with photos and descriptions of her activities as parks commissioner, rape...
The Spring Valley Park that Once Was
March 27, 2013
Postcard image of and short article about the Spring Valley Park, located between 28th St., and Woodland Ave., and 29th St., and Brooklyn Ave. With several natural springs and a lake, the area was a popular...
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