KC Parks News

  1. Shawnee Mission Student Wins KC Rose Society Poetry Contest!

    Rose Winner7th grade student Josephine Cotton was named the winner of the 7th and 8th grade division of the Kansas City Rose Society poetry contest, which was sponsored in partnership with The Rose Society and Kansas City Parks Department.

    Contest judges named Josephine the winner and presented her with a $50 prize and a certificate of achievement signed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, the Kansas City Parks Department Director and the Kansas City Rose Society president. Josephine’s poem will be published on the KCRS website on February 28, 2015. More >>

  2. {NEWS} KC Parks Public Meeting for Waterworks Park

    WHO: Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation

    WHAT: Waterworks Park Public Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    WHERE: New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 4330 North Oak Trafficway
    Kansas City, MO 64116

    MORE: KC Parks will provide an update on planned improvement in Waterworks Park,N.E. 32nd St. & N. Oak Trafficway, including a walking trail within the park and a picnic shelter. About Waterworks Park>>

    CONTACT: Richard Allen or 816-513-7713.

  3. {CANCELLED} Black History Youth Forum at BRW

    Charlie P - Jay ZDue to inclement weather, this event has been cancelled.  The Friends of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum and Cherry Dzynes Sportsgear will host a special forum for youth to discuss the evolution of music in the 20th Century to the present. The event will occur, from 12-1 p.m.,  Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum Auditorium.

    The forum will discuss various forms of music from jazz to R&B and Hip Hop while addressing current issues which are important for young people.

    Following the forum guests can view the current exhibition, Charlie Parker Jazz Saxophonist: The Man, The Legend, & His Music- in conjunction with Paul Mesner Puppets. 

    The forum will be moderated by renowned Kansas City Call Columnist, Mr. Eric Wesson.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 816-513-0700.

    Download> Youth Forum Flyer

  4. {NEWS} KC Parks Presents the Sam Lacey Memorial Youth Basketball Tournament

    Sam LaceyWHO: Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation and the Gregg/Klice Community Center Advisory Committee

    WHAT: First annual youth (5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade) boys and girls basketball tournament.

    WHEN: March 14-15 and March 21-22, 2015

    WHEREGregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 “Buck” O’Neil Way and Southeast Community Center,4201 E. 63rd 

    HISTORY: Sam Lacey was drafted in the first round of the 1970 NBA season and played for the Kansas City Kings.  After his basketball career, he settled in Kansas City, MO with a new passion in life.  He wanted to inspire the youth in the Kansas City Community to improve not only their basketball skills, but their life skills as well.  Mr. Lacey knew he had the potential to make a difference and would not settle for anything less.  In the 70s and 80s, Sam financially sponsored many youth basketball teams.  He was always looking for ways to give back to a community that gave him so much.  Sadly on March 14, 2014, Sam Lacey unexpectedly passed away; however, his mission was not complete.  Before his passing, Mr. Lacey pushed to create the Gregg/ Klice Community Center Advisory Committee.  They have  recently dedicated their mission to carrying on Mr. Lacey’s passion for the betterment of our youth with the Sam Lacey Memorial Tournament.

    REGISTRATION: $150/team. Call 816-513-7567. More information>

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Katherine Sowers at  816-513-7567 or katherine.sowers@kcmo.org


  5. Roanoke Park Conservancy Recognizes Volunteer: Chris DeLong

    Chris DeLong RoanokeChris DeLong has volunteered for the last decade in Kansas City, Missouri parks, first building trails with ERTA in Swope Park and for the last three years offering his time and talents in midtown’s Roanoke Park.

    As a Roanoke Park Conservancy volunteer, Chris has worked on honeysuckle eradication, trail building, and reforesting, as well as managing the group’s website and social media.

    Chris led the effort to win two grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation for Roanoke Park.   Through the TRIM Grant, the park’s 2,100 biggest trees have been assessed with the results recorded in an interactive website. Chris is currently assisting on the effort to improve the natural habitat of the Coleman Spring area through a second MDC grant that he secured for the Roanoke Park Conservancy.

    Chris is an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast. Some noteworthy experiences: Bike Ride through Kansas, Honeymoon Hiking the Grand Canyon, Family Camping in Carolinas, Arkansas, Michigan, Yellowstone, Minnesota, England, Badlands, New York, to name a few.

    Chris has been both a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for ten years, and has served as the Camp Master who plans his Troop’s 10-day experience at summer camp.

    Whether hiking or camping  he gives everyone a lesson on not only the common name but the science name of the plants on the hike. He knows which ones are poisonous at sight and offers you a taste if it’s not. In fact, he recently was found picking berries off a neighbors tree (totally edible he declared to the group!).

    When he is not volunteering in his community, Chris can be found at home with his spouse in the Waldo neighborhood planting native plants in his own home garden.

  6. Starlight Theatre Goes INDOORS with 50 Shades! The Musical Parody

    Black logo_datesWhen you think of Starlight Theatre, images of summer musicals and concerts come to mind. But this February, Starlight is shaking things up in Swope Park. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Starlight is staging its first-ever winter season musical, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody.

    This sexy satire of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon premieres in Kansas City at Starlight – indoors and under cover – for eight performances Feb. 10-15. Each show will comfortably seat 500 guests in the theatre’s climate-controlled stage house.

    50 Shades! The Musical Parody has been rousing audiences across the country with its satirical look at the storied relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel, as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends at a book club meeting.

    Starlight will offer evening performances all six nights (including Valentine’s Day!), and matinees are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $35, and self-parking is free. VIP ticket packages, which include a premium seat, complimentary valet parking, a show CD and post-show meet and greet with cast members, are also available for purchase.

    Whether you’re coming with a group, friend, spouse or significant other, arrive early to mix and mingle before the show in Starlight’s Applause Club. Signature cocktails and desserts specially prepared by Starlight’s newest partner, PB&J Catering, will be available for purchase.

    Buy tickets online now, call 816.363.7827 or visit the Starlight box office.

    Groups of 10+ qualify for a discount of $5 per ticket in all seating areas. Call 816.997.1137 or email groups@kcstarlight.com to purchase group tickets.

    50 Shades! is produced by Marshall Cordell, Albert Samuels and Emily Dorezas. 50 Shades! The Musical Parody is not associated with, endorsed by or authorized by E.L. James or Vintage Books.

    50 Shades! The Musical Parody is not recommended for those under the age of 18.