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  1. KC Illusion Participates in Skating Championships

    lc-illusion-intMembers of the Illusion Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team, based out of KC Parks Line Creek Community Center, will take center ice when the 2017 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships come to Kansas City later this month.

    The 14-member team, along with skaters from other local rinks, will participate in the Opening Ceremonies, act  as sweepers (picking up flowers and gifts thrown on the ice after a performance) and assist with the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular at the close of the competition. The Illusion is the only synchro team to participate in the Opening Ceremonies. They have been attending special rehearsals with a choreographer from Texas in preparation for the event.

    In addition, Line Creek Community Center Ice Arena will host several practice sessions for competitors coming from out-of-town to compete for national titles. These sessions will be free to the public to watch. View schedule>>

    About the KC Illusion Synchro Teams
    The original Line Creek Synchronized team was formed in 1998 and was named Go Figure. At that time there was only one team comprised of ten skaters. Since then, they have grown into six competitive teams of various levels and ages including tots and two adult skater teams. These teams compete under the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) as well as the United States Figure Skating (USFS) systems. The Illusion Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team is a group of teenage girls who have skated together for seven years and were Synchronized Skating Champions in their division in 2013 and 2014. (Check out a video by the KC Star of the Illusion practicing for the Championships)


    About the 2017 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships
    In partnership with U.S. Figure Skating, the Kansas City Sports Commission, Visit KC and Sprint Center welcome the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships to Kansas City on January 14-22, 2017. A diverse group of skaters, including current and future Olympians, will compete for the country’s highest honor in the sport. The competition features more than 600 skaters vying for national titles in five divisions (championship, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile). This is the first time since 1985 that the Championships have been held in Kansas City. For schedule and ticket information visit their website.

  2. Join Us On A Community Walk to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    hca-2017-mlk-nature-walk-event-postcard-1Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “We have flown the air like birds and swam the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”

    In this spirit, Heartland Conservation Alliance is leading a nature walk on Monday, January 16, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Led by a community naturalist, the walk will begin with remarks from a local pastor at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Square Park and conclude with refreshments from MO State Parks at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. Kansas City residents will be joined by hundreds of thousands across the country celebrating MLK Day.

    Local residents are invited to participate in the casual, family-friendly walk for reflection and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of peaceful demonstrations. The walk will take place on a paved trail and is appropriate for walkers of all ages and abilities. The 1.2-mile nature walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Square Park. And conclude at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Pkwy, Kansas City, Mo. 64130. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for outdoor weather, including hats and gloves. Participants are welcome to stay for refreshments and view the African American Inventors and Innovators Exhibit at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. Parking is available at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Square Park and a shuttle will be provided from the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center to Martin Luther King, Jr., Square Park after the walk.

    The walk is hosted by Heartland Conservation Alliance and its presenting partners Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation; the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Missouri State Parks; Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center; and Kansas City Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC). Dedicated to conserving natural areas, convening community members, and connecting people to nature, the Heartland Conservation Alliance is a nonprofit that works collaboratively throughout the Kansas City area.

    “All are welcome to join in the fun and beauty of our natural areas while we celebrate and remember Dr. King Jr., as a man of service,” said Heartland Conservation Alliance Partnership Coordinator Joy Heaviland. “Let us walk together and inspire each other to be kind and serve others. Then I am looking forward to the inspiration of great inventors and innovators at the special exhibit at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.”

    For more information about Heartland Conservation Alliance visit their website or find them on Facebook. For details about the Nature Walk, contact Joy Heaviland, Partnership Coordinator, 816-759-7300, ext. 1148, or by email at hcapartnerships@gmail.com.

  3. Old Red Bridge Love Locks Featured in AAA Magazine

    orb-locksJust in time for Valentine’s Day, the love locks on KC Parks historic Old Red Bridge in Minor Park are featured in the January/February 2017 edition of AAA Midwest Traveler Magazine. The placing of love locks is a custom whereby couples affix a padlock to a bridge, fence, gate or similar fixture so pronouncing their unbreakable and everlasting love. Couples have been placing locks on the Old Red Bridge since February of 2013.  More than 2,500 locks are on the bridge today.
    *Read the article online (if you live in Missouri)
    The Final Word>>
    *Download a PDF of the article (if you live outside of Missouri) AAA Love Locks KC>>

  4. Thanks A Million, Clay and Jackson Counties

    15803366_1567010269982750_4697095609226625024_nFor the first time in its 107-year history, one million guests enjoyed the Kansas City Zoo. Reaching that historical number in 2016 would not have happened without the support received from Clay and Jackson Counties.  On December 28, Jackson County Executive Frank White, Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, Presiding Commissioner of Clay County Jerry Nolte, Executive Director/CEO of the Kansas City Zoo Randy Wisthoff, and KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry celebrated a million reasons to be thankful.

    Some of the youngest residents and most avid Zoo lovers in Clay and Jackson Counties–including KC Parks Community Center Winter Break Campers–joined in for the spectacular celebration. Following a few words from the officials, the kids got the unique opportunity to go on the ice shelf and meet our feathered friends beak to beak, seeing King and Gentoo penguins up close inside their arctic environment at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza.

    Clay and Jackson Counties have been integral to the Zoo’s success during the last four years. Both counties showed their support for the Kansas City Zoo when the Zoological Tax was passed in 2011. In gratitude, the Zoo gave residents of the Zoological District, Clay and Jackson counties, reduced pricing on admission and memberships, four complimentary visits to the Zoo annually, educational programming through ZooEd and much, much more! Without the formation of the Zoological District, improvements like Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Orangutan Canopy, Tuxedo Grill, and Koala Flats this past summer would not have been possible.

  5. Donate to KCMO Homeless Veterans at KC Parks Community Centers

    December 12, 2016 – January 2, 2017

    kcmo_veteransdrive_webbanner_121516Kansas City Parks and Recreation along with Restart, MTP and the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness are partnering to collect toiletries and household items for homeless veterans in Kansas City.

    Cleaning Products (Windex, Lysol, etc.)
    Paper Towels
    Pots & Pans
    Dishes, Silverware
    Linens: Blankets, Bedspreads, Quilts, Sheets, Pillows and Pillow Cases

    Shampoo & Conditioner
    Body Wash
    Shaving Cream
    Disposable Razors 

    Brush Creek • Garrison • Gregg/Klice • Hillcrest • Kansas City North • Line Creek • Marlborough • Southeast • Tony Aguirre • Westport Roanoke • Bruce R. Watkins • Lakeside Nature Center

  6. KC Parks Employees Honored for Years of Service with KCMO

    City Service Awards 2016Today KC Parks honored 46 staff representing 710 years of service to the City of Kansas City, Missouri! Thank you for your dedication and service to our citizens~

    Recreation: Roosevelt Lyons

    Community Centers: Latoya Johnson
    Community Centers: Genaro Ruiz
    Community Centers: Donald Strother

    Central Region: Thomas Moore
    Forestry: Alice Hannon

    Marketing: Heidi Downer

    Community Centers: Geraldine Hutton
    Community Centers: Lisa Nichols

    Central Region: Bryan White
    Forestry: Eddie Jackson
    Forestry: Braulio Aranda Sosa
    Loose Park Gardens: James Wood
    North Region: Edward McKinzy
    Park Landscaping: Ronald Ward

    Park Facility Maintenance: William Bedell

    Bruce R. Watkins: Joseph Kweh
    Information Technology: Patric Huerter

    Central Region: John Sanders
    Forestry: Frank Adriano
    North Region: David Bogan
    North Region: James Willis
    South Region: Anthony Ricketts
    South Region: DeRowan Spears
    South Region: Kevin Crain

    Park Facility Maintenance: Christopher Davis

    Financial/Procurement Services: Chris Fields

    Park Facility Maintenance: Maynard Cooper
    Park Facility Maintenance: Sylvester Primers
    Engineering and Planning: Sheila Lewis
    Engineering and Planning: Scott Overbay
    Engineering and Planning: David Panek

    Central Region: Manuel Chatmon
    Central Region: Louis Cummings
    Central Region: Tina Davis
    Central Region: Benjamin Nelson
    North Region: Lorri Calandra
    North Region: Arnold Johnson
    South Region: Bryan Cameron
    South Region: Kenneth Monroe
    South Region: Darrin Webster
    Street Tree Service: Kevin Lapointe

    Central Region: Timothy Cosgrove
    Central Region: Larry Wallace

    Park Facility Maintenance: Keith Clark

    South Region: Keith RossCity Service Awards 2016