No one works the room like Carol Green. Even if you’ve never met her before, there’s no way you can miss her. She’s easily the most visible person on the floor, greeting people more with hugs and smiles than handshakes. And her mental rolodex is sure to contain the information you need to take your community engagement to the next level.
Indeed, she’s the engine that powers the Community Information Exchange and she’s the one you can always count on to keep the trains running on time.
But how did she get here?
“At one point I was director of the Brush Creek Community Center,” Green said. “I was planning the annual Toys for Tots Christmas party. I hustled. I begged to make this the most fantastic party ever. Two blocks away there was some other church party and four blocks away there was another party. I thought there must be a way we could be better connected.”
On March 27, KC Parks celebrated the opening of a new boxing center at Garrison Community Center. The boxing center has two rings–one large sparing and a smaller training ring. The newly implemented boxing program is sponsored by the KC Golden Gloves and is free for youth ages 8-17. The program runs Monday-Friday 5:30-7 p.m. and is also offered at Gregg/Klice Community Center. Call for details.
Citizens of Kansas City, Missouri will play a vital role in restoring our declining urban forests, thanks to a new partnership between Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA), a program of environmental non-profit Bridging The Gap, and Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation. The partnership will plant free trees along the street. Kansas City Missouri residents are asked to review qualifications and reserve their free tree at https://tinyurl.com/treesforKCMO.
Trees will be planted in the public right-of-way, which is typically within 10 feet of the street. To receive your free tree, you must be a Kansas City resident, have adequate planting space as defined by ordinance and be willing to “adopt” a tree by providing supplemental water over the next two years.
“We’re excited to work with Bridging The Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance because they educate citizens about the importance of trees and get them involved in tree care,” said KC Parks Deputy Director Terry Rynard. “Because they use volunteers to plant and water, we can get more trees planted for the same budget. We’re proud that the citizens of Kansas City will play a vital role in restoring our tree canopy.”
Sarah Crowder, forester for Heartland Tree Alliance, adds, “trees provide so many benefits to our city–shading our streetscapes, cleaning our air and cooling pavement and air temperatures.” Studies have shown that heavily “treed” neighborhoods have less crime because more people are outside; trees also slow traffic and add up to 20% to property values.
Thousands of trees are lost annually to disease, storm damage and old age in KCMO. With KC Parks and HTA working together, this new planting initiative will invite citizens to help restore Kansas City’s urban forest canopy:
Today, KC Parks, city officials and neighborhood leaders held a ceremonial demolition of the former Vivion Road YMCA. Kansas City Parks and Recreation has acquired the YMCA and will be demolishing the building, and renovating and reopening the outdoor swimming pool in 2018. #Hammertime#ItsGoingDown#DemoDay