KC Parks News

  1. Show-Me State Games Shelter Insurance® Torch Run Comes to Kansas City

    The Show-Me State Games and Shelter Insurance® are hosting a Torch Lighting Ceremony and Run on Tuesday, April 22, in preparation for the 2014 Show-Me STATE GAMES. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Mill Creek Park.

    The event will begin with a brief Torch Lighting Ceremony at 1:30 p.m., including speakers from the Show-Me State Games and Shelter Insurance®, as well as Parks and Recreation Director Mark McHenry and event master of ceremonies, Michelle Bogowith.  Also in attendance will be Show-Me STATE GAMES Female Athlete of the Year Taileena Oja.  Oja was also named the National Congress of State Games Youth Athlete of the Year and was profiled in Sports Illustrated.  Kansas City residents will bring the torch through the Country Club Plaza.

    The mission of the Shelter Insurance® Show-Me State Games Torch Run is to generate exposure and enthusiasm for the Show-Me State Games throughout Missouri.  The Show-Me State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival offering more than 40 events for all ages and ability levels.  The 30th anniversary Games will take place on June 20-22, July 18-20 and July 25-27 in Columbia, Mo.

    The torch will be traveling across Missouri during the months leading up to the Games.  The full schedule includes:   Springfield on April 8, Joplin on April 9, Kansas City on April 22, Hannibal on April 25, St. Louis on April 29 and St. Charles on April 30. The Torch will be run in Jefferson City and Columbia on July 18, finally reaching its final destination – the Hearnes Center – for the Opening Ceremonies kicking off at 7 p.m.

    The Show-Me State Games was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health.  Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me State Games is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun.

    For more information on registration for the torch run or Games, you can visit www.smsg.org.

  2. Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum to Celebrate African American Women in Church Hats

    BRW CrownedBruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum presents “Crowned in Glory Kansas City African American Women in Church Hats.”  The exhibition grand opening will occur Saturday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m. The celebration will include a reception that is free to the public where the Kansas City community will join the museum in viewing portraits of over 50 Greater Kansas City personalities.  The exhibition will be on display through May 22.

    The exhibition concept is based on the bestselling book entitled, Crowns:  African American Women in Church Hat.  Throughout the past two centuries African American women have often dressed in their best clothing for Sunday service.  One vestige of the past that has continued to be an integral part of African American clothing is the church hat.  During services the hat adds an aura to the woman, a certain regal attitude that expresses that this person may of nobility hence the term “crown.”  In the Christian, religious tradition, a person who is born again enters into the royal family of God.

    Some of the individuals from throughout the community being featured include:  Former Councilwoman Joanne Collins, Mrs. Helen Ragsdale, Mrs. Ethel Like-Bell, Mrs. Janice Love, Mrs. Sharon Cleaver, Rev. Dr. Betty Hannah-Witherspoon, Supervisor Betty Jo Morrison, Mrs. Barbara Briscoe, and Rev. Sharon Fisher.

    The exhibition includes photos taken by the photographer J. LeRoy Beasley, Michelle Beasley, and Lawrence W. Dixon specifically for this original exhibition

    The event is sponsored by The Board of Directors of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department.

    For more information please contact 816-513-0700.

     

     

  3. KC Parks Received TRIM Grant

    The Forestry Division of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation received a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). TRIM grants assist Missouri communities with the management, improvement and/or conservation of their trees and forests, as well as professional training and education.

    Kansas City was awarded a $3,763 grant for two Foresters to attend the Society of Municipal Arborist’s, Municipal Forestry Institute.  This week long institute is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Attendees learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in professional growth and development.

    The Institute curriculum was developed by a team of urban forestry professionals and educators with dozens of years’ experience in leading urban forestry programs at the local, state, federal, and non-profit levels.

    Congratulations to City Forester Kevin Lapointe and Forester, Patrick Anyanike for their successful completion of this training institute.

    TRIM is a competitive cost-share grant from MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council and U.S. Forest Service that provides up to $10,000 for community tree inventories, removal or pruning of trees, tree planting and educational programs.

  4. City Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting Saturday

    The City of Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department and Gardeners Connect invite residents to lend a green thumb and join its Arbor Day tree planting on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Loose Park. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that promotes tree planting and tree care.

    Kansas City, Mo., also is a proud recipient of many recent tree-related awards and recognitions.

    For example, this month Kansas City was named a Tree City USA for the 26th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Missouri Department of Conservation. To be named a Tree City, municipalities must have a viable tree-management plan and program and meet several criteria set by the foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation also awarded Kansas City with its annual Growth Award, which recognizes higher levels of tree care by Tree City USA communities. They pointed to the City’s recent emerald ash borer abatement success as reason for this award.

    In the last three years, the City has received multiple Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation. These grants funded the removal and replacement of 120 ash trees affected by emerald ash borer along Benton Avenue and The Paseo.

    Finally, as the City reported last week, the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Community Forestry Council presented Parks and Recreation’s Forestry Division with the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence, citing the division’s innovative program designed to mitigate emerald ash borer damage.

    This prestigious, annual award recognizes projects that demonstrate a sustained overall effort to care for trees and people who act as good stewards for trees in communities. Kansas City was the only municipality in Missouri to receive this honor.

    For more information about Parks and Recreation, please visit www.kcparks.org. Learn more about the City’s Emerald Ash Borer Management Program.

  5. Rock the Parkway Affects Ward Parkway Area Traffic

    The City of Kansas City, Mo., is notifying motorists that the Burns & McDonnell Rock the Parkway half-marathon/5K run will impact traffic significantly in the Ward Parkway area starting around 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.

    The route for the run starts at the Burns & McDonnell headquarters at 9400 Ward Parkway and travels north along Ward Parkway to circle Loose Park via West 57th Terrace, Belleview Avenue, West 61st Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, West 55th Street, Wornall Road, West 51st Street, West 52nd Street, Summit Street and West 56th Street. Runners will then go south on Ward Parkway to return to the Burns & McDonnell headquarters.

    About 8,500 runners are expected, and police will be on hand throughout the route to monitor traffic. Drivers will be allowed to drive across the race route when runners are not crossing. During times when runners are in the area, motorists will be required to wait. Residents and businesses directly affected by the race have been notified.

    Please heed any detour signs and observe caution during this event, which is one of the largest half-marathons in the Midwest.

    As a service to our residents, the City of Kansas City, Mo., sends occasional notices about temporary road closures due to outdoor races and parades to help residents better plan their weekends and avoid inconvenient road closures or delays.

    For more information, visit www.rocktheparkway.com.

     

  6. Show-Me State Games 2014 Torch Run Coming to KC

    torch run logoThe Show-Me State Games along with Shelter Insurance® is excited to announce the dates and cities for the 2014 Torch Run.

    The mission of the Shelter Insurance® Show-Me State Games Torch Run is to generate exposure and enthusiasm for the Show-Me State Games throughout Missouri.  The Show-Me State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival offering more than 40 events for all ages and ability levels.  The 30th anniversary GAMES will take place on June 20-22, July 18-20 and July 25-27.

    The Torch Run will take place in eight cities throughout Missouri this spring and summer including:

    • Springfield:  April 8 at Missouri State University and Hammons Field
    • Joplin:   April 9 at Spiva Park and Cunningham Park
    • Kansas City:  April 22 at Mill Creek Park and Kansas City Plaza
    • Hannibal: April 25 at Central Park
    • St. Louis:  April 29 at Busch Stadium
    • St. Charles:  April 30 in Downtown St. Charles
    • Jefferson City:  July 18 at Missouri State Capitol
    • Columbia:  July 18 at Shelter Insurance®

    The Torch Run will culminate with the Opening Ceremonies festivities at the Hearnes Center on Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

    “The Torch Run is a great way to show Missourians the benefits of participating in the Show-Me State Games.  We enjoyed helping share that message and look forward to expanding the event this year,” said Frank Thompson, Vice President of Marketing for Shelter Insurance® and Show-Me State Games Steering Committee Chair.

    “We are excited to expand our Torch Run as part of our 30th anniversary celebration, and we appreciate the support of Shelter Insurance® to help us get the word out about the GAMES throughout the state of Missouri” said Ken Ash, Executive Director of the Show-Me State Games.

    Individuals interested in running the torch can email Emily Lorenz at peurrunge@Missouri.edu for more details.

    The Show-Me State Games was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health.  Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me State Games is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. The Show-Me State Games generates $15 million in economic impact annually in Columbia. For a complete schedule of events and more details about the Show-Me State Games, visit www.smsg.org or call 573-882-2101.