NEWS: Ribbon Cutting for Independence Plaza Park Improvements, October 18

NEWS: Ribbon Cutting for Independence Plaza Park Improvements, October 18

City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation

Join KC Parks, City officials, neighborhood leaders, and Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School students at the official ribbon cutting for improvements to Independence Plaza Park in Historic Northeast KCMO.

Tuesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m.

Independence Plaza Park, Independence Boulevard & Brooklyn Ave (North side of the park)


  • A new, attractive universally accessible playground for children regardless of their degree of mobility on the North side.
  • An active gathering/programmable space for families.
  • A futsal court, Pickleball court, and walking trail on the South side.
  • Fencing and LED lighting enhancements on both sides of the park.
  • Three glass panel art installations by artist Hasna Salam.

The park improvements are part of a $30 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program. The Independence Plaza Park project is one of many projects planned through this grant, awarded to the Housing Authority of Kansas City and the City of Kansas City in 2016. The purpose of the grant is to replace the Chouteau Courts public housing site and to support the revitalization of Pendleton Heights and portions of the Paseo West and Independence Plaza neighborhoods, known collectively as the Paseo Gateway. Read more about project related to this initiative at