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  1. Community Information Exchange is Critical Tie that Binds

    carolgreenNo 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.”



    Free TreeCitizens 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:

    To find out more information about the program or request a free tree, visit https://tinyurl.com/treesforKCMO. Don’t have room for a tree but would love to get involved? Volunteer to help us plant trees! Contact Sarah Crowder, sarah.crowder@bridgingthegap.org.

  3. KC Parks Employee Awards: Community Services Division

    DSC_9467Congratulations to the following KC Parks Community Services Division staff on your awards:
    Katherine Williams and Stanley Vaughans
    Tamara Goff
    Paige Crosswhite
    Donald Strother
    Jillian Haynes and Jody Siemer
  4. KC Parks Receives Leadership In Inclusion Award from MPRA

    17076224_686717464849129_8810799338121854976_nMORE AWARDS! Cunningham Recreation presented #KCParks with the Leadership in Inclusion Award at the annual Missouri Park and Recreation Association‘s Conference for the all-inclusive playground installed last summer at Tiffany Hills Park. Congratulations to Richard Allen who served as manager of the project. KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry accepted the award on his behalf and is pictured along with Rodney and Scott Cunningham. Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City