KC Parks News

  1. Tutera Chosen to Lead Kansas City Museum

    TuteraThe City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation announces the appointment of Anna Marie Tutera as the new executive director of the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall.

    “As Kansas City Parks and Recreation takes on the responsibility to manage the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall on May 1, we are fortunate to have Anna Marie join our team as the museum’s new executive director,” said Mark McHenry, director of KC Parks.  “Her wealth of knowledge of museums and the Kansas City community will be a valuable asset as this new era of the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall begins.”

    Tutera has served as the executive director of the Wornall/Majors House Museums since 2012 and accomplished a tremendous amount during her tenure most notably leading a $350,000 capital project to reconstruct the foundation and façade of the 1858 John Wornall House, one of Kansas City’s most significant architectural treasurers.

    “Anna Marie is a powerhouse of enthusiasm and knowledge,” said Wornall/Majors House Museums Board Chair Stewart Smith. “The Wornall/Majors House Museums will miss her many talents. But we are delighted that she has been selected to lead the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall, one of our community’s most storied and valuable cultural assets.”

    Anna Marie Tutera grew up in Kansas City, Missouri (in a house across the street from the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall) and has lived and worked in Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She has an extensive background in the museum and nonprofit fields including executive leadership positions and consulting projects in transition management and multicultural program development.  Tutera has both practical experience and academic/professional training, giving her a unique, seasoned, and progressive perspective about organizational development.  In addition to the Wornall/Majors House Museums, she has worked at leading institutions such the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Habitot Children’s Museum, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Chicago Children’s Museum.  Tutera holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University.

    “The Wornall/Majors House Museums value their partnership with Kansas City Parks and Recreation and the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall. We view both as friends and allies and look forward to collaborating in the future,” adds Smith. “The Kansas City Museum will benefit from her knowledge, high energy and vision for how museums function in the contemporary world.”


    Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall

    In December 2013, the City Manager, City Council, and Union Station leaders forged a new long-term agreement with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for management of the museum beginning May 1, 2014.

    Corinthian Hall has long been associated as an icon of the Kansas City Museum, and there have been ongoing discussions about how to best manage this building and property, while also advancing the interests and programs of the Kansas City Museum. Corinthian Hall has been under significant renovation over the last five years with the City investing approximately $10 million into the facility. The Parks Department will continue to manage the future renovation process and also set forth the vision for the best use of the facility and surrounding campus for the future.

    Money collected from the City’s tax levy for the Museum will be used by the Parks Department for programming and curatorial services as well as ongoing maintenance to the building.

    The agreement states that both the City’s Parks Department and Union Station can display artifacts and exhibits from the collection at Corinthian Hall and at Union Station, as well as at other locations where the City and/or Union Station determine.

    “We look forward to guiding the future of the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall,” said McHenry. “I am confident that, under Anna Marie’s leadership, we will ensure it remains an active and vital part of our community.”


  2. Weekend Races Affect Traffic in Plaza, Brookside Areas

    The City of Kansas City, Mo., is notifying motorists that the AIDS Walk and the Trolley Run will affect traffic in Kansas City on this weekend. Please note, police are prepared to allow motorists to cross the routes when they deem it safe for the participants.

    The AIDS Walk takes place on Saturday, April 26 from about 10-11 a.m. and will temporarily close the following streets:

    - Oak Street, between Volker Boulevard and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard

    - Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, between Rockhill Road and JC Nichols Parkway

    - 43rd Street, between JC Nichols Parkway and Oak Street

    - Rockhill Road, between Oak Street and Volker Boulevard

    - intersection of Oak Street and Volker Boulevard

    - intersection of Brookside Boulevard and Ward Parkway

    For more information, visit http://www.aidswalkkansascity.org/.


    The Trolley Run will take place Sunday, April 27 from about 7:30-9 a.m. and will temporarily close the following streets:

    - Wornall Road, between 75th Street and Gregory Boulevard

    - Gregory Boulevard, between Wornall Road and Main Street

    - Main Street, between Gregory Boulevard and 69th Street

    - 69th Street, between Main Street and Brookside Road

    - Brookside Road, between 69th Street and Ward Parkway

    - Ward Parkway, between Brookside Boulevard and Central Street

    For more information, visit http://www.trolleyrun.org/.

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


  3. 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.



  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.