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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...
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...
They Stood Their Ground To Make KC a Better Place
January 8, 2007
Article recalls some of the efforts made by African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s to integrate restaurants, theaters, work places and amusement parks like Fairyland Park. Most were young adults or teenagers...
Things Looking Up at This Park
June 1, 2010
Description of Kansas City's newly opened "Green Roof" park. The half-acre public park sits six stories high atop the Consentino's Market parking garage at 13th and Main streets. It can accomodate up to...
This Year's PIAC Picks Benefit Parks
June 18, 2003
PIAC stands for Public Improvements Advisory Committee and their recommendations have been approved by the City Council. Parks will benefit in the Northeast area including improvements to Cliff Drive,...
Tiffany Springs, Kansas City's Next Park: Dream of Spa Never Realized by Early Doctor
Article about the town of Tiffany Springs, Missouri, north of Kansas City near what later became Kansas City International Airport. The area was developed for its natural groundwater springs in the 1880s,...
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