KC Parks Board Considers Honoring MLK

Today, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City (SCLC-GKC), made a formal recommendation to the City of Kansas City, Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners to rename the major compilation of thoroughfares now known as Blue Parkway (starting at 55th Street), Swope Parkway and Volker Boulevard in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Last fall Mayor Lucas tasked the Parks Board of Commissioners with finding a way to honor Dr. King. The current pandemic put a halt to the department’s plans to engage residents in works, however it did not halt progress on this topic. Members of the KC Parks Board and staff have continued to meet with community groups like SCLC to continue to seek ways to honor Dr. King. Today, during public comment of KC Parks Board of Commissioners meeting, SCLC-GKC made the formal renaming recommendation. See letter>>

Under the City of Kansas City Charter, Article X next steps will be:
If the Board agrees upon a name, public notice of the recommended name will occur twice during a thirty (30) day period. Citizen comments and recommendations must be made in writing to the Director (4600 East 63rd St. Trfwy. KCMO 64130 or email KCParksEngage@kcmo.org and must be postmarked within the thirty (30) day public-notice period or provided in testimony before the Board during the same thirty (30) day period.

Public Hearings:
Tuesday, September 15 at 2 p.m. More>>
Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. More>>

After the thirty (30) day public notice period, the Director may request the Board consider a resolution supporting the naming or renaming of the Parks Asset.