KC Parks News

  • KC Parks Gregg/Klice Community Center Hosts Big Balloon Build KC

    Balloon artists from across the country and world will travel to Kansas City to create a holiday toy town! WHO: Troost Market Collective, Operation Breakthrough, KC Parks, Soul of Santa, Pop Culture Sculptures, Art Garden KC, The Big Balloon Build™, HASBRO WHAT: Big Balloon Build KC is an international immersive balloon experience coming to the […]

  • New Soccer Academy Opens in Swope Park

    On November 21, Kansas City Parks & Recreation celebrated the official opening of the Ryogoku Soccer Academy in Swope Park. Kansas City is a Soccer CityThere is simply no denying it, Kansas City is a soccer city! The Kansas City metro area has been home to a successful MLS franchise in Sporting Kansas City for […]

  • Open Houses Scheduled for KC Parks Master Plan 2032

    We’re hosting an open house! This first round of public open houses will rotate among three different locations from Wednesday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 29th. Each session will offer nearby residents the same information and fun interactive activities. Come out, learn how you can provide input, and share what you want to see more […]

  • Great KC Cleanup Volunteers

    KC Parks Ambassadors participate in the second Great Kansas City Cleanup

    KC Parks Ambassadors participated in the Great Kansas City Cleanup by leading efforts at 14 KC Parks locations. 192 volunteers spent 269 hours beautifying our city’s shared spaces on October 29. Final numbers include: 14 parks, boulevards, and trails were beautified 2,880 lbs of loose litter and bulky items were collected 24 tires were hauled […]

  • Winter Magic Lighting

    Winter Magic on Cliff Drive is Open!

    Mayor Lucas and neighborhood kids flip the switch to turn on the drive-thru holiday lights experience. Although it was 70 degrees outside, Dickens Carolers and hot chocolate from PH Coffee made it feel like Christmas on Cliff Drive during the Winter Magic lighting ceremony on November 2. For the last two years, KC Parks has […]

  • Improved Independence Plaza Park Re-Opens

    The $1.2 million dollars in improvements are part of a $30 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program. KC Parks, City officials, neighborhood leaders, and Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School students celebrated October 18th with a ribbon cutting improvements to Independence Plaza Park in Historic Northeast […]

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

    WHOCity of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation WHATJoin 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. WHENTuesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m. WHEREIndependence Plaza Park, Independence Boulevard & Brooklyn Ave (North side of the park) […]

  • Parks Board Names Northland Trailhead after Commissioner Mecklenburg

    The KC Parks Board of Commissioners voted today to name a newly constructed trailhead within Maplewoods Greenway the “David Mecklenburg Trailhead” to honor and celebrate his many hours of tireless energy and exemplary service to the citizens of Kansas City. In 2011 Mayor Sly James appointed David Mecklenburg to the Board of Parks and Recreation […]

  • Winter Magic Moves to Cliff Drive in Kessler Park

    Kansas City’s premier drive-thru holiday lights experience opens November 3rd in the Historic Northeast. After two successful seasons in Swope Park, Winter Magic is moving across town to Cliff Drive in Kessler Park. “We are excited to bring Winter Magic to Cliff Drive and reactivate the byway for a limited engagement,” says KC Parks Director […]

  • Go Ape is Celebrating Halloween with New Frights at Height Activity

    Fun High-Flying Fall Festivities Continue in Swope Park Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, located at scenic Swope Park, is celebrating the change in seasons with a variety of fun, fall festivities throughout the month of October. The highlight of the autumn festival will be the brand-new Frights at Height horror-filled experience. On select evenings […]

  • Input Requested for KC Parks Master Plan

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan process. This plan will act as a roadmap for the City to make improvements to the park system for the next 10 years. This is an overall planning process for the park system as a whole […]

  • Walktober 22

    Walktober Returns October 2nd on Kansas City’s Westside

    ​WHOCity of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and RecreationJackson County, Missouri/Jackson County Parks + Rec WHATWalktober: For the fourth year, KC Parks and Jackson County have partnered on a series of events encouraging everyone to walk, ride or run a different trail on Sundays in October. The month of October is especially ideal for exercising outside ~ the […]