KC Parks News

  • Performing Arts Scholarships Available for Middle School Students

    Do you know an ethnically diverse middle-school student with a passion for performance? Encourage that aspiring young performer to explore the opportunity to grow and refine his or her skills by applying for a Starlight 2020 Vincent Legacy Scholarship. Each need-based $2,500 Vincent Legacy Scholarship provides assistance to qualified Kansas City metro students in grades […]

  • {NEWS} Cheers to 30 Years at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

    Joins KC Parks as we celebrate 30 years at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum.  The 30-year-old center will be filled with food, music, and lots of celebrating of the successful programs and heritage brought to the area.  The Center is named in honor of Bruce R. Watkins, a political and social activist.  […]

  • Watts Mill at Indian Creek Site Improvements 

    Construction of a concrete walking trail and overlook area along the Indian Creek Greenway and additional improvements including a rain garden, natural stone seating, pedestrian lighting, and fencing have been completed on the east side of the Watts Mill Shopping Center near the intersection of West 103rd Street and State Line Road. Several more projects […]

  • Boulevardia is on the move with a new location for the seventh annual festival in 2020

    Organizers of Boulevardia, the Kansas City urban street festival, are excited to announce that the pop-up party nation will return for its seventh year on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 in a new location. Several special attractions from previous years including the iconic Ferris Wheel, Silent Disco, Makers Market shopping experience and multiple […]

  • KC Parks Employees Receive City Service Awards

    December 18, 2019. .  .This morning, KC Parks honored 33 employees for their combined 554 years of continuous service to the City of Kansas City, MO with an awards breakfast held at Union Station. Employee Service Awards are known as “The MELs” in honor of  long-time Kansas City Parks and Recreation employee, Mary Edith Lillis. FIVE […]

  • {NEWS} Join KC Parks for 55th Anniversary of Santa’s Wonderland

    Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating it’s 55th Anniversary of Santa’s Wonderland. This is KC Parks longest running tradition. Santa’s Wonderland started in 1964 from an idea presented by then Park Department Director, Frank Vaydik. Mr. Vaydik worked in Detroit, Michigan before coming to Kansas City. He proposed an idea used by the Detroit Parks of displays of […]

  • {NEWS} Urban Land Institute to Advise Kansas City, Missouri on Creation of an Equitable Park System

    Renowned Panel of Land Use, Planning Experts to Visit Area from December 1-6 NOTE: The public and media are invited to the presentation of the findings on Friday, December 6, at 9 a.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri. For more information contact Justin Arnold, 202-448-8717, justin.arnold@uli.org November 26, […]

  • New Playground Opens in Fox Hill Park

    VIEW VIDEO FROM OPENING>> Student leaders from Fox Hill Elementary were special guests at today’s opening of the new playground in Fox Hill Park. The 27 National Blue Ribbon students joined KC Parks officials, neighborhood representatives, and the “Fox Hill cat”  to officially cut the ribbon and open the Northland playground for play. The Gametime […]

  • Groundbreaking Held for Chouteau Fountain in the Northland

    On November 15, City officials, Native American council members, Northland leaders, and Francois Chouteau himself, gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking/project kick-off for construction of the Francois Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain.  The new fountain honors the founder of Kansas City, Francois Chouteau, and the Native Americans who lived and traded in the area. It […]

  • Where to Submit MLK Tribute Ideas

    Please submit your ideas by email to MLKTribute@kcmo.org, or by mail to: Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners c/o MLK Tribute 4600 E 63rd Street Kansas City, Mo. 64130 Following an initial 90-day public comment period, the Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners will conduct a series of public meetings – engaging residents, community organizations […]