AUGUST R. MEYER (1892-1901) #8As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service. August Meyer (1851-1905) is considered the “father” of Kansas City’s park and boulevard system. An enthusiastic promoter of Kansas City and its “beautification”, Mr. Meyer understood that the future growth of the city as a desirable place for people and businesses would be enhanced by planning its growth and by incorporating aspects that would bring more to residents than just buildings and streets.Mr. Meyer was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1851. He studied mining and chemistry at the School of Mines in Freiberg, Germany and School of Mines in Berlin and completed his studies in 1872. Returning to the United States in 1873, Mr. Meyer worked as a mining engineer in Illinois then moved to Colorado in 1874 where he was an assayer. Mr. Meyer and partners laid out a town they called “Leadville” where he set up a sampling and smelting works which was very successful. Mr. Meyer decided to move to Kansas City after studying the commercial prospects and railroad connections. In 1882 he purchased a smelting plant in the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kansas. He became very involved in civic affairs and charitable activities. He was particularly interested in the development of parks and boulevards and made many speeches concerning it. When appointments were made to the Park Board in March of 1892, August Meyer was appointed and named as its President. He and his family lived on Independence Avenue in the northeast area.While all the members of the 1892 Park Board contributed to ideas and support for the development of a “master plan” for parks and boulevards, it appears that Mr. Meyer worked more closely with landscape architect and engineer, George Kessler in forming and writing the first report issued in 1893. In 1895 Mr. Meyer built a home in the Westport area at 4415 Warwick. Mr. Meyer and his wife had seven children. It was at this home that Mr. Meyer died of heart problems in 1905, at the age of 54.