KC Parks News

  1. {NEWS} Cliff Drive Closed Beginning November 26

    WHO: City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation

    WHAT: Cliff Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic for construction projects

    WHEN: Wednesday, November 26, 2014-Spring 2015

    WHERE: Cliff Drive, The Paseo and Maple Boulevard to Cliff Drive and Gladstone Boulevard

    MORE: Cliff Drive, a state scenic byway in historic Northeast Kansas City, will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning November 26 for construction projects that include renovation of stairs/overlooks and road striping. Pedestrian/bike trails are open; please watch for construction areas/ vehicles. The Disc Golf is accessible via Reservoir Drive. Construction completion is anticipated in the Spring of 2015.

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Forest Decker at  816-513-7523 or forest.decker@kcmo.org.

  2. Celebration of Missouri Folk Artists Nov. 22 at BRW

    Final Flier for Celebration of Folk ArtistsMissouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with The Friends of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum will present “A Celebration of Missouri Folk Artists” on Saturday, November 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum.

    The event will feature an eclectic mixture of art, music and cultures.  All of the artists are alumni of Missouri’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.  The event is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council.

    The event will feature the Southern Plains Dance regalia group, who will celebrate Native American culture by displaying traditional applique, beading and other techniques.  Guests will also have an opportunity to hear authentic “old time” folk music from Travis Inman, Cathy Barton and Dave Para as well as live jazz piano and vocals from Don and Princess Cox. The event will conclude with drummers and dancers from the African country of Sudan.

    This exciting event is family friendly and free to the public. For more information, contact Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum at 816-513-0700.


  3. {NEWS} First Ever Kansas City Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Tomorrow

    WHO: City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation

    WHAT: Inaugural Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

    WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    WHEREGregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way

    MORE: Wheelchair athletes from the Midwest will travel to Kansas City for the first ever Kansas City Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. It’s a one-day tournament of fun, competition and public awareness. Teams represented include Adaptive Sports Iowa, Columbia, MO Predators, KCMO Treadz and the Kansas Wheelhawks.

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Mark Bowland at  816-513-7507 or mark.bowland@kcmo.org.

  4. Take a Tour of Veterans Memorials Located in KC Parks

    Clay-County-VeteransKansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation appreciates those who have served and are currently serving our country. We are honored to have several memorials that pay tribute to veterans located in our parks, including the following:

    Black Veterans Memorial
    Clay  County Veterans Memorial
    Gulf War Veterans Memorial
    Liberty Memorial
    Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain

    In observance of Veterans Day, many KC Parks facilities and offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 11.

  5. {NEWS} Tree in Kessler Park is Missouri State Champion

    Champion TreeAn Eastern Cottonwood in Kessler Park has been designated as a Missouri State Champion. Measuring 344″ circumference, 125′ high, with a 120′ spread, the tree is not only the largest of its species, but is the largest known tree in the State of Missouri. It is estimated to be more than 70 years old.

    City Forester Kevin LaPointe received the official Champion Tree Award from the Chuck Conner with the Missouri Department of Conservation on November 6, 2014.  Located on the Cliff Drive/Kessler Park Disc Golf Course– near the old resevoir and Lookout Point–the tree is easy to spot.

    Watch a segment from the City’s Weekly Report, http://youtu.be/3q7QS5v1ir4

    Read more about Missouri State Champion Trees.

  6. {NEWS} KC Parks Receives First Paramobile in Kansas City

    Paramobile 1 (6)WHO: The Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation Board will be joined by Anthony Netto, Executive Director of Stand Up and Play, and Frank Westermajer, President of Westar Foods, to present the first paramobile in Kansas City. Special needs organizations will also be on hand to support this exciting addition to the Parks and Recreation services.

    WHAT: A paramobile is the equivalent of a one-person golf cart with a very important difference – it allows the person using it to stand, regardless of whether they have the function of their legs or not. Thanks to the generosity of Westar Foods, Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation will be the first beneficiary of a paramobile in Kansas City. Following remarks by the groups mentioned above, there will be a short demonstration to illustrate how this unique machine will be of service to persons with disabilities in the Kansas City area.

    WHEREHeart of America Golf Course,  7501 Blue River Rd, Kansas City, MO 64132

    WHEN: 10 AM on Wednesday, November 5. From 10 – 10:30 AM Mark McHenry, Anthony Netto and Frank Westermajer will make remarks. And then from 10:30 – 11:30 AM Anthony Netto will demonstrate how to use the paramobile and give others the opportunity to operate it as well.

    WHY: Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation is dedicated to serving all members of the community. The paramobile will allow persons with disabilities to stand and take an actual golf swing. This opens the sport of golf to people who haven’t been able to play due to an accident, or people who have never learned how to play because of a lifelong condition. It is the first paramobile in Kansas City.