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Beloved Penn Valley Park Has New Protector
May 26, 2010
The Penn Valley Conservancy is a new organization and a "potentially powerful ally for the stretched city parks department" in advocating for the park. The group's purpose is to protect the historic park...
Beyond the Trees of Penn Valley Park, the Towers of the City
Photo of the park and the view from it of Downtown, with caption.
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....
Bridge Named For Hospital Founders
December 2, 2004
Short notice indicating that the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners had voted to name a bridge over Anderson Avenue in the Northeast area after Katharine Berry Richardson and Alice...
Budd Park Coming Along
Article gives details about the progress of the pool renovation at Budd Park.
October 12, 2005
Budd Park was named after Judge Azariah Budd who gave 20 acres in 1890 to get the park started. It now contains 26.39 acres and is located between Brighton and Hardesty avenues, from St. John to Budd Park...
Burned Rubber, Shared Memories
November 28, 2011
The Kansas City International Raceway at 82nd Street and Noland Road was purchased by the city for a park. It has been the home track for the American Hot Rod Association.
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...
Can a Park make a City? The Case for Davis Park.
June 25, 2005
The author examines Ilus W. Davis Park, comparing it to "parks that work" in the nation's great cities. What the park lacks is people, due to the absence of housing and entertainment nearby. If civic leaders...
Changes in Truman District Outlined
September 1, 2010
Short article about the proposed expansion of Independence's federal Truman heritage district by the National Parks Service. "The current federal district boundary includes 216 parcels, 191 of which are...
Citizens Question the Enviromental Effects of Oz Theme Park
Discusses residents' concerns regarding environmental clean-up of proposed Oz theme park.
February 20, 2027
City cemetery later Shelley Park across form the old Courthouse was abandoned for cemetery use two years previous to the Civil War.
City Severs Management Contract with Union Station
December 11, 2013
On December 5th the Kansas City Council passed a unanimous vote to sever a 20-year management agreement with Union Station Kansas City, Inc. As of May 1, 2014, the city's Parks and Recreation Department...
Columbus Park Benefits From Brownfields Grant
July 16, 2003
Kansas City will receive $400,000 from the EPA through an assessment Brownfields Grant. Half the money will go to areas where redevelopment has been stopped due to possible environmental contamination....
Commentary: Still in Need of a (Real) Riverfront Park
November-December 21-5 2001
File contains an essay or article about the Richard Berkley Riverfront Park, or Berkley Park on the north end of the Downtown area on the south bank of the Missouri River, named for former mayor Richard...
Concourse Fountain Design Accepted
Board of Parks and Recreation and a committee of Northeast citizens agree to design plan "B" for improvements to the Concourse Park fountain.
Cool Crest Has New Ownership
May 10, 2007
The Cool Crest Family Fun Center which is primarily located in Independence, Missouri, has been acquired by Trancas Capital LLC of Aliso Viejo, California. "The 8-acre park, which opened in 1950 on U.S....
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...
Deaths: Frank Theis Rites
Funeral notice for Frank Theis, "75, park board president" residing at the Walnuts Apartments.
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...
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