On August 16, Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Commissioners, City Officials, and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate streetscape improvements along Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard from Rockhill Road to The Paseo. Orange Ribbons on Cleaver Boulevard was the theme to honor of the spirit of the boulevard’s namesake, Emanuel Cleaver II, who believes “there is more power in unity than division”. The color orange is said to represent cultural diversity, racial harmony and civility. Decorative orange ribbons were placed on street light poles in the area in honor of the event and an orange ribbon was used for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Streetscape improvements include:
- Mill, overlay and re-stripe lane configuration, adding bike lanes
- New curb and sidewalk
- New street lights and pedestrian lights
- Decorative stamped concrete crosswalks at Troost, and at Tracy
- Stormwater planters, street trees and other landscaping from Harrison east to The Paseo
- New semi-custom Bus Shelters, with solar powered LED lighting, in 3 locations