KC Parks News

  • MLK Park Ready for Rebirth,Thanks to 15 and The Mahomies Foundation

    On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, KC Parks celebrates an amazing transformation of the park named after the slain civil rights leader. The 15 and the Mahomies Foundation is helping transform Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park, located at 1900 Swope Parkway, by building an all-inclusive destination play site that will provide a safe […]

  • Nature is Essential for All on MLK Day

    In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated, “I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. […]

  • KC Parks Board Awards Million Dollar Contract to Diverse Project Team for the Design-Build of Historic Playsite at MLK Park

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners has awarded Gunter Construction the design-build contract for a destination education playsite at Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park sponsored by The 15 & The Mahomies Foundation.  The $1,000,000 dollar contract includes community engagement, conceptual design, developing construction documents, performing all work, and acquiring […]

  • Starlight at HOme

    Starlight Launches Starlight@Home with The Hip Hop Nutcracker

    Starlight@Home makes featured shows, streaming content and educational activities available to Starlight fans in Kansas City and across the country. Just in time for the holidays, Starlight presents Starlight@Home filled with shows, streaming content and educational resources! This brand-new offering kicks off with The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a featured show and contemporary dance spectacle set […]

  • Virtual Community Conversation: Southeast Community Center Pool Design

    You are invited to share your input on an important project with KC Parks. We have hired an engineering firm to design a new swimming pool for the Southeast Community Center in Swope Park.  Your ideas, comments and aquatic preferences are being requested through an on-line survey and through participation in either of the two […]

  • KC Parks Asking for Public’s Help to Stop Vandalism

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department is asking for the public’s help in taking care of our Parks. There continues to be graffiti, illegal dumping, litter, and damage caused by driving in the grassy areas to our Parks.  Recently at Indian Mound Park, located in the northeast part of City, a pickup driving […]

  • Starlight to Host Third Life-Saving Blood Drive as National Blood Shortage Continues

     The blood drive will be held Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10. As the national blood shortage rages on, Starlight and several neighboring Swope Park organizations are stepping in to help. The local blood supply has not been stable since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States. In response, Swope […]

  • Twelve trails for the holidays

    KC Parks and the Community Celebrate a New Urban Trail~and Kicks Off Twelve Days of Trails

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department has a new urban trail in Blue Valley Park, thanks the Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA) and a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association.  Through the grant, HCA collaborated with the Blue Valley Neighborhood Association, Urban Trail Co., Habitat Architects and Nomad Trails to […]

  • Make a Difference While You Distance

    Stay active and make KC better together — even while we’re apart.  The City of Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation Department is asking everyone to Make a Difference While You Distance during the City’s Safer at Home Covid-19 Guidelines. Park use has exponentially increased during the pandemic, and unfortunately, the amount of loose litter […]

  • Penguin Park Coloring & Activity Book Now Available

    Publication aimed for kids—and former kids—who love KC’s park treasure  Author and illustrator Kevin Worley, who grew up in Kansas City’s Northland and frequently visited Penguin Park as a child, has published The Penguin Park Coloring & Activity Book. The book is currently available on Amazon, and a portion of proceeds from the sale of the book […]

  • National World War I Museum and Memorial Veterans Day Activities

    ‘Legacy Jump’ to kick off Veterans Day activities.Free admission for Veterans/Active Duty Military Saturday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 15 & Half-Price General Admission for the Public on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 In commemoration of Veterans Day, the National WWI Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor those who have served — […]

  • Borded Carnosos: Border Carnage Exhibit Now Open in Budd Park

    EXHIBITION HOURS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Fridays thru December 15, 2020. “Borded Carnosos | Border Carnage MoLCA” is an evolving, traveling exhibition by Kansas City-based artist Israel Alejandro Garcia Garcia on display in Budd Park (near the northwest corner of St. John Ave. and Brighton Ave.) in the Indian Mound neighborhood of […]