KC Parks News

  1. KC Parks Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

    Accrediataion awardKansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation joins the ranks of the elite park and recreation agencies and departments across the country by once again earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition.

    CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.  This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.

    As part of the accreditation process,KC Parks had to demonstrate compliance with 144 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.

    The process for accreditation involves self-assessments, a formal application, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards and is reviewed again in five years. KC Parks received its first accreditation in 1999 and has continuously maintained its status as an accredited agency.

    The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society and the Council of State Executive Directors.

    For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.

    The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org.  For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.


  2. Multiple Races Impact Weekend Traffic

    KCRaceDay_WordMark_rgb-01On Saturday, the Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon will take place. There will be a marathon, ½ marathon, 5k and a kids route.  The races are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. For a race map or more information visit http://kcraceday.org/races/waddell-reed-kansas-city-marathon-ivy-funds/ or contact Sarah Dee at 816-377-6971.

    The marathon will begin at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue, go north through Downtown, south on Main toward the Liberty Memorial, through Westport, Brookside, the Plaza then returns to the finish line at 18th  Street and Grand Avenue. The ½ Marathon will also take place in that area. The 5k will begin at 22nd Street and Grand Avenue and finish at Pershing and Main Street.  The Kids Route will begin at Pershing and Main streets, go toward 26ht Street, loop on Pennway Street and finish at Pershing and Main Streets. Expect street closures throughout the race area.

    The Barstow School Mind, Body, Character 5K Run/Walk will take place from 7:30 -11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the area of Barstow School, 11511 State Line Road. The race begins at the school and proceeds to 112th and Summit and then returns to the school. For a race map or more information visit http://kcraceday.org/races/barstow-school-mind-body-character-5k-runwalk-wellness-expo// or contact Megan Culver at 816-695-5874.

  3. Mayor James appoints Amber Hackett to Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners

    Amber-Hackett-headshot{NEWS} October 14, 2014–Today, Mayor Sly James appointed Amber Hackett to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Hackett was nominated for the board appointment through the Mayor’s Women’s Empowerment (WE) Initiative to include more women in positions of leadership in city government. The Women’s Foundation’s Appointment Project, which launched in April based on Women’s Foundation research conducted as part of the WE Initiative, is dedicated to increasing civic leadership opportunities for women. Today’s announcement marks the third appointment through the Appointments Project.

    Hackett has worked in the Kansas City nonprofit sector since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Corporate and Community Relations at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City. She is also a licensed attorney and an active community volunteer.

    “I’m pleased to announce Amber Hackett’s appointment to the Board of Parks and Recreation. Her background in both the non-profit and legal sectors, combined with her dedication to our community, makes her a solid choice for this position. A big thanks goes out to the Women’s Foundation for their leadership in nominating Ms. Hackett, further showcasing their commitment to building a stronger Kansas City,” said Mayor James.

    Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation, said, “We are delighted our partnership with Mayor James’s office has led to another qualified and deserving woman being appointed to an important city position. We have no doubt that Ms. Hackett will serve the City well on the Parks and Recreation Board.”

    “When women are asked, women serve; I’m a perfect example,” said Hackett. “I am honored and look forward to serving Kansas City on the Parks Board and am extremely grateful to the Women’s Foundation for their Appointments Project, an important initiative that is helping Mayor James’ office elevate women into more positions of leadership. There are many qualified, trained women in our community who are perfect for board service, but are too often overlooked or not asked.  I hope my appointment is part of the spark that the Women’s Foundation and Mayor James have created to ignite continued success for Kansas City.”

    The Appointments Project serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead their communities and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The Women’s Foundation guides women through the process of applying for these positions and recommends applicants for appointment.

    The Parks and Recreation department is governed by a volunteer five-member Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor. The Kansas City Parks and Recreation department maintains close to 12,000 acres of parkland including 220 parks, 134 miles of trails and bikeways, 29 lakes, 98 playgrounds, hundreds of athletic fields and tennis courts, ten community centers, five public golf courses, and six museums. Additionally, miles of scenic boulevards and parkways crisscross the city, featuring 48 fountains and 117 memorials and sculptures.

    Other partners in the Mayor’s WE initiative include UMKC’s Women’s Center and Central Exchange.  UMKC’s Women’s Center is connecting a new generation of leaders interested in public service with internships in city government.  Central Exchange is leading outreach efforts between women-owned businesses and the City of Kansas City.

    More information on the activities of the Mayor’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative can be found here: http://kcmayor.org/we. Individuals interested in applying to serve on a Kansas City, Missouri board or commission throught the Appointments Project can learn more here: http://www.wfgkc.org/our-work/appointments-project/.

  4. How Blue Are You? #KCTrueBlue Contest

    How blue are you? Send in your photos or videos to #KCtrueblue


    Is your KCMO yard—or neighborhood or business or school—decked out in blue these days? Show your true blue support for Kansas City, Missouri, and the Royals by entering the City’s photo/video contest recognizing the team’s performance in the playoffs. Winning entries will creatively combine Kansas City and Royals pride!

    Post your creative efforts using #kctrueblue on Twitter @kcmo, Facebook or Instagram. Your photo or video may be featured on our social media accounts and on Channel 2, the City’s cable TV station.

    Prizes will be awarded for the best decorations in the following categories: house/yard, car, neighborhood/block, school, business, nonprofit, pet and musical entry. Decorations made by kids under 12 and by out-of-town fans also will be recognized. For Royals fans who live in other countries – please be creative about showing a landmark from that country combined with Kansas City and Royals pride. Entries will be accepted through Sunday, Oct. 19.

    PHOTO CAPTION: This a good example of #KCTrueBlue, showing, Harley, in her Royals gear, in front of a KCMO city fountain.

  5. NEWS: Kansas City Volunteers to Improve Resident’s Lives with Play

    Kaboom LogoHumana, KaBOOM! Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association, and KC Parks Join Forces to Create a New Space for All Generations to Gather and Play at Lower Concourse Park on October 18.

    Volunteers from Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association (@ScarrittKC), City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation (@KCMOParks), Humana Inc. (@humananews), residents of the Kansas City community and organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) will join forces on Saturday, Oct. 18 to give the neighborhood a chance to gather and play together by building a 64,152-sq.-ft. playground at Lower Concourse Park from start to finish in just six hours!

    The customized, multi-generational playground, funded primarily by Humana Inc. (a leading health and wellness company), was created with personal drawings and input from local community members – from children to seniors – during a special design event in August.

    Saturday, October 18, 2014  (Note: all times approximate)
    8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Kickoff ceremony and volunteer deployment
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Best viewing of playground construction
    1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:Final construction phase and adjustments
    2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area

    Lower Concourse Park, 200 Gladstone Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64124

    Play in all forms, whether it’s with peers or parents, benefits the whole child, allowing them to stay active mentally, physically and socially. Currently, many children and families in areas surrounding Kessler Park do not have many playspaces readily available in their communities. A new playground and multi-generational exercise stations will effectively address these needs, providing the youth with an age-appropriate area to play, as well as opportunities for seniors to interact further with each other and the community. Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being.

    The community will rally together to build senior-focused and adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility – as well as more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a truly multi-generational space. The project will create a gathering area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come. The project is one of more than 50 playgrounds (#HumanaBuilds) being built by Humana, the Humana Foundation, and KaBOOM! across the U.S. over four years to show communities that #playmatters.

    Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association
    The mission of Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association (SRNA) is to protect and enhance the quality of life in our historic neighborhood through active, engaged citizens. The SRNA vision is to revitalize the homes and businesses of our historic neighborhood while preserving the community’s architectural assets. Our vision of this playspace is not to create just any recreation area, but one inspired by Kessler Park’s natural setting and respectful of the historical neighborhood; one that will be of use to as many residents as possible, and noteworthy enough to be a destination for a family visiting Cliff Drive or the Kansas City Museum. Learn more at www.scarrittkc.org.

    City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation
    Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation’s mission is to improve the quality of life, health and wellness of our community by providing socially equitable, community-driven programming and environmentally sound natural resource management.  We provide facilities, programs and recreational opportunities for the community that contribute to an aesthetically pleasing environment and enhanced quality of life. The department operates and maintains close to 12,000 acres of parkland including 220 parks, 135 miles of boulevards and parkways, 48 fountains, 87 ornamental structures, 10 community centers, 27 lakes, 100+ miles of trails and bikeways, 105 tennis courts, five golf courses and four museums.  Visit www.kcparks.org to learn more.

    Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people Humana serves across the country. More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

    • Annual reports to stockholders
    • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
    • Most recent investor conference presentations
    • Quarterly earnings news releases
    • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls
    • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors)
    • Corporate Governance information

    KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

  6. Tickets on Sale for 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship

    Tickets for the 2014 Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship are now available at Big12sports.com/buytickets or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL. The Championship will take place November 5, 7 and 9 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

    Day passes are on sale for $9 with three-day tournament passes available for $14. A 15-ticket group package is also available for $90.

    Sporting Club and the University of Kansas will again co-host this year’s championship, which will feature the Big 12’s top eight teams competing for the Conference’s postseason title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship.

    In conjunction with the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship, the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League champion FC Kansas City will also host a free youth clinic on November 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Swope Soccer Village. A new educational session will also be held during the clinic where parents will have the opportunity  to learn the importance of concussion awareness as well as how to create a positive environment for young athletes.  To register for the clinic, visit sportkc.org

    The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the championship will be streamed live on Big12Sports.com, while the championship match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

    In 1996, the inaugural Big 12 Soccer Championship was held at St. Louis’ Anheuser-Busch Conference and Sports Centre. From 1997 to 2012 San Antonio’s Blossom Soccer Stadium hosted the event. This year’s championship at Swope Soccer Village will be the second hosted in Kansas City.

    2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship: November 5, 7 and 9 at Swope Soccer Village

    Wednesday, November  5

    Game 1: No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed (Big 12 Digital Network) 11:30 a.m. CT

    Game 2: No. 3 seed vs. No. 6 seed  (Big 12 Digital Network) 2:00 p.m. CT

    Game 3: No. 1 seed vs. No. 8 seed   (Big 12 Digital Network) 5:30 p.m. CT

    Game 4: No. 2 seed vs. No. 7 seed  (Big 12 Digital Network) 8:00 p.m. CT

    Friday, November  7

    Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3  (Big 12 Digital Network) 5:30 p.m.  CT

    Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4 (Big 12 Digital Network) 8:00 p.m.  CT

    Sunday, November 9

    Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6   (Fox Sports 1)                                     3:30 p.m. CT