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A New Zoo?
Article about management changes at the Kansas City Zoo. Faced with declining attendence and the threat of losing professional accreditation, the Zoo's management transferred from the Kansas City Parks...
A Story of the Development of the Parks and Recreation Department Published on the Occasion of Its Diamond Jubilee: 1892-1967
Listing of the various parks in the city in 1967 with photos, history, and descriptions.
An Impressive Start at Revitalizing Penn Valley Park
May 12, 2013
Editorial summarizes recent efforts to revitalize Penn Valley Park and suggests future improvements. The author states that the efforts took place under the leadership of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy...
View of junior wading pool at Ashland Park.
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....
Biography of José Gonzalez (1931-2003), Founder of Fiesta Hispana
Brush Creek Pedestrian Bridge
June 13, 1932
Wilbur Dunn, Director of Parks Department, along the banks of Brush Creek near the pedestrian bridge at Central and Ward Parkway.
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.
City park located at 27th and Madison. Designers Elpidio Rocha and Dale Eldred were awarded for imaginative use of materials in the design of this park.
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...
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...
Feline Exhibit Construction Site Sign
Full view of a sign indicating the proposed site for a new feline exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo. Designer E. F. Corwin, Jr. received an award for his work on this and other signs put in place by the Kansas...
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....
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...
George Kessler Collection Finding Aid
This one box collection includes 16 landscape drawings done primarily by George Kessler, dated 1910 - 1916 and covering not only Penn Valley Park and North Terrace Park in Kansas City but also projects...
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...
Is Indian Mound a Real Burial Ground?
February 8, 2006
In the column "q&a", Dean Hughson answers the question as to whether the Indian mound in the northeast Indian Mound Neighborhood was a real Indian burial ground. After checking with Ann McFerrin of the...
J. V. Lewis
Head and shoulders portrait of J. V. Lewis, Superintendent of Parks from 1939-1963. Before becoming the superintendent, he worked as field engineer for the Park Department.
Just Off Broadway Theatre Gets Larger Home
July 10, 2011
Thanks to tax increment financing dollars from the Federal Reserve's new regional headquarters just south of Penn Valley Park, the Just Off Broadway Theatre has been able to "dramatically enhance the building...
Kansas City Art Commission Award Photographs-Landmarks Commission Finding Aid
Collection of 122 8' x 10' color photographs documenting the winners of biannual architecture and urban design awards granted by the Kansas City Art Commission from 1964 through 1988. Subjects include...
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