KC Parks News

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    Kansas City Parks & Recreation Kicks Off the 2024 Pool Season

    Pools, Water Parks, and Spraygrounds open Memorial Day weekend  Kansas City Parks and Recreation announces the official opening of all outdoor pools, water parks and spray grounds for the summer season on Memorial Day weekend, starting Saturday, May 25th. Facilities will be open through Labor Day weekend. Additionally, the Southeast Community Center’s brand-new indoor pool […]

  • Stop and Read a Book Along the New Book Walks in Two Area Parks

    Gillham Park and Budd Park each have 18-panel Book Walks along their trails like this one by author Charlie Mylie. Tales on the Trail was a pandemic-era partnership between the Library, Kansas City Parks and Recreation, and the Kansas City Health Department, which allowed walkers to read children’s books on panels along the trails. The […]

  • Get Healthy. Play Tennis at Plaza Tennis Center

    In collaboration with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley has become operating manager of the Plaza Tennis Center for the duration of 2024. The not-for-profit USTA Missouri Valley—which is headquartered just south of the Plaza Tennis Center in Prairie Village, Kansas—finalized the agreement with the KC Board […]

  • Garment District Grooves 2024 Concert Schedule

    KC Parks together with the Downtown Community Improvement District (DCID), Crossroads Preparatory Academy, and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, invite you to join us on the third Wednesday of each month from May and October from 11:30am to 1pm for a lunchtime concert series. Bring your lunch or purchase food from the on-site food truck and […]

  • WAY TO GO, KC!

    2024 Great Kansas City Cleanup/Earth Day Weekend was a Great Success Thanks to nearly 1,000 volunteers who showed KC parks and boulevards so much love during the Earth Day/Great Kansas City Cleanup weekend, April 19-22. Together, volunteers: Diverted 12,640 pounds of loose litter away from our waterways Diverted 645 pounds of littered glass away from […]

  • Registration for Make Music Kansas City is Open!

    Be part of free music events celebrating all forms of music on the longest day of the year! Kansas City Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the return of Make Music KC on June 21st. Registration for host venues and performers is open for the fourth annual city-wide musical celebration. Joining over 1,000 cities […]

  • NEWS: Children’s Memorial at Hibbs Park Seeks Name Submissions

    Memorial will Pay Respect to Children who Lost their Lives to Violence  Kansas City and the community are remembering young people who lost their lives to violence. Their names will be engraved on the upcoming Children’s Memorial in Hibbs Park. The City invites residents, families, and community members to contribute to this meaningful project by […]

  • NEWS: Arbor Day Tree Planting in Loose Park 

    Chinkapin Oak Tree to be Dedicated to Longtime Kansas City Environmental Leader  Kansas City’s Parks & Recreation Department invites you to celebrate Arbor Day. A Chinkapin Oak tree will be planted to honor Wendy Sangster. She has worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for almost three decades. Wendy advises communities about land-use planning and […]

  • Brush Creek Film Festival: Call for Entries

    The Kansas City community is invited to submit short films or animations for the 6th annual Brush Creek Film Festival on Thursday, May 9 at Theis Park along our beloved Brush Creek. The mission of this event is to entertain, share ideas, and build community through creative and visionary short films about the creek and […]

  • Phillips 66® Teams Up with KC Parks and Rec to Fuel Homegrown Talent

    Collaboration Aims to Fuel the Next Generation of Big 12 Athletes through Safer Sports Access Phillips 66® is proud to announce that they will be contributing $100,000 towards revamping the basketball courts in the Parade Park community in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s Big 12 Basketball Tournament marked the 36th consecutive year Phillips 66® has […]

  • Kansas City Prunes Trees in Quality of Life Improvement District

    Hundreds of trees pruned for safety and beautification. The City of Kansas City is proud to announce its efforts in maintaining and enhancing its urban tree canopy within the Quality-of-Life Improvement District (QLID). Through strategic planning and collaboration, the City undertook a comprehensive tree pruning initiative, made possible by the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance […]