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Elmer Swatzell Obituary
Obituary for Elmer Swatzell (dying in 1952), great-grandson of Captain Joseph Parks, one-time chief of the Shawnee Indians.
July 18, 1936
The fifth of a series of fires early today virtually wiped out old Fairmount Park, an amusement place which once attracted thousands nightly. Six of the nine were remaining summer cottages near the entrance...
Fierro Brings Experience to Park Commission
September 29-October 12, 2005
Article profiles John Fierro who has just been appointed to the Board of Parks & Recreation. A native of the Westside, Fierro has served on numerous public commissions and the Friends of Penn Valley Park....
Fire Destroys Once Grand Fairmount Park
March 23, 2011
Postcard image and short historical article about the old Fairmount Park, located in what is now Sugar Creek, Missouri. The 50-acre recreational area was developed by railroad magnate Arthur Stilwell to...
For a Reminiscing Meal, Give Harry T.'s a Whirl
History of Fairyland Park, closed after 1977, at 75th and Prospect Avenues.
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...
Forty Years Ago
Article about the Shelley Park, the old cemetery at Locust Street between Independence and Missouri Avenues in 1878.
Fountain Contract to Be Finalized: Construction on New Concourse Fountain Will Begin after Fall Festival
Photo and article about the approval by the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners in 2001 "for National Streetscape, Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. to restore the Concourse Park fountain" in Northeast...
Obituary for Frank Winn, developer of the Winnwood Beach amusement park and Winnwood residential areas in Clay County, Missouri (popular in the 1910s-1920s), dying at the age of 73 in 1947.
Funkhouser Shakes Up Park Board
June 12, 2007
Newly elected mayor Mark Funkhouser has appointed a new Kansas City park board. The members are John Fierro, Tyrone Aiken, Frances Semler, Aggie Stackhaus, and Ajamu Webster. Funkhouser "took a slap at...
Garden at Theis Park to Be Built
March 14, 2007
The Kansas City Art Institute and others are planning to install a rain garden in the southwest corner of Frank A. Theis Park located near Volker Boulevard and Oak Street. "The nearly 5,500-square-foot,...
Gentleman and Scholar Takes His Leave
Photo and biographical sketch of Al Bohling, an editorial writer for the Kansas City Star for 39 years and an activist and organizer for city and county parks in the Kansas City area.
George E. Kessler State Park?
Article discusses the current possibilities for making Kessler Park in the northeast area a state park. If done the area would be designated as a Historic District.
Gezer Park to Extend Children's Play Area
March 25, 2011
The Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust made a $45,000 contribution in December 2010 to the children's play area at Leawood's Gezer Park, located at 133rd and Mission Road. The park is a tribute...
Good Things in Historic Northeast
February 23, 2005
Column shows three photographs of work being done on Concourse Park colonnade in the Northeast area. Phase I of the work included restoration of the copper domes. Phase II covers the roof and ceiling of...
Green to gray: the impact of Kessler's plan.
June 25, 2005
Article describes the parks and boulevards system in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City, Kansas was never able to develop a comparable system and the result is obvious in the contrast between neighborhoods...
July 25, 2007
Brief article and early postcard image of Heathwood Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The park is located at 10th & L Road and was developed in the early 1900s as part of the Parkwood residential district.
Herrick Parks Topping Obituary
Obituary for Herrick Parks Topping, or Herrick Topping (nicknamed Hal Topping), president of the Topping Valuation Company, dying at the age of 77 on April 30, 1958.
Historic Cliff Drive Dedicated: Community, Dignitaries Attend Gala Ceremony
Color photos and article about the dedication of the re-opened Cliff Drive as a Missouri state scenic by-way. Description of its revitalization and clean-up since 1998 with speech by Governor Bob Holden...
Historic Relics Wait For Rebirth
February 28, 2005
Several prominent sculpture pieces were saved while buildings were demolished in recent years. Thanks to people like Joan Dillon, Bob Berkebile, and Jane Flynn, architectural pieces from these buildings...
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