KC Parks News

  • Celebrate our City of Fountains

    The City of Fountains Foundation is celebrating 50 years of supporting Kansas City fountains. Founded in 1973, the non-profit organization works closely with the Parks Department and their endowment funds help keep many of our fountains flowing and provide conservation to our iconic sculptures. Now is your chance to help our fountains by purchasing special […]

  • Get Updates via Rainout Line 

    In inclement weather, the determination to close Kansas City Parks & Recreation facilities or cancel classes may occur. Notifications and updates are now provided via the Rainout Line which can be accessed the following ways: · Call the Rainout Line at 816-306-3323 · Visit www.rainoutline.com and register for alerts from KC Parks · Download the Rainout Line App […]

  • Kansas City Enhances Community Health and Wellness

    Giving the community a way to get active The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department community centers have new fitness equipment in time for the new year. The upgrades feature a range of exercise equipment to help cater to everyone on their fitness journey.  Residents can now enjoy the benefits of new treadmills, strength equipment, elliptical machines and so […]

  • KC Parks Employees honored for years of service to the City of Kansas City, MO

    The following employees were recognized for continuous years of full-time service to the City of Kansas City on December 14th. FIVE YEAR AWARDSCOMMUNITY SERVICES    Community CentersTARYN ANDERSENLAURAQUETA COLLINSLETHA ESTILL ENGINEERING and PLANNINGArchives   ANGELA MOSS Engineering and Planning   DANIEL WEBER NATURAL RESOURCES   North Region  LANDON BAILEYARIKA BANDY Central Region   MOHAMMED BALAALAN BODIETERRY MAHAN QLID  JOE EVANSDESHAWN EVANS TEN YEAR AWARDSCOMMUNITY SERVICES    Community Centers  ROBERT […]

  • NEWS: Brush Creek Community Center Renaming Ceremony

    Unveiling a lasting tribute for Commissioner Mary Williams-Neal    The City of Kansas City and the Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the public to the renaming ceremony of Brush Creek Community Center to the Mary Williams-Neal Community Center. The new name honors the life of Commissioner Williams-Neal. She sadly passed away back in April and […]

  • NEWS: Winter Magic on Cliff Drive Returns to Kansas City

    One Carload, One Ticket, One Price Just in time for the holiday season, Winter Magic on Cliff Drive is back in the Historic Northeast. The Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department is inviting everyone to KC’s premiere drive-thru holiday light show. Families will drive through the longest animated light tunnel in the Midwest! There are […]

  • Central Park Celebrates Two New Soccer Mini-Pitches

    Mini-pitches increase soccer participation and improve the lives of youth  On October 3rd, two new soccer mini-pitches officially opened in Central Park as part of an effort to improve the health and well-being of the region’s youth through soccer. Led by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, several local and national partners teamed up to fund and install these mini-pitches—small, hard-court soccer […]

  • NEWS: Tiffany Hills Park Celebrates New Soccer Fields with Ribbon Cutting

    Four new fields added for more than 500 youth soccer players  Immediate Release: September 26th, 2023  The City of Kansas City and the Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce the completion of four new soccer fields in Tiffany Hills Park. The fields have more than 500 soccer players on a weekly basis for games and practice. Youth soccer participation […]

  • Walktober 2023 Quick Paints

    This year, two Walktober events will feature quick paint competitions with artists painting plein air along the trails for a cash prize. More about Walktober>> Sunday, October 8, 2023Swope Park, 4177 Pavilion Road9-9:15 a.m. Artist Check-in at the shelter9:15-11:30 a.m.: Competition (please turn in completed works by 11:30 a.m.)11:30 a.m.: Judging11:45 a.m.: Purchase Award- $250 Sunday, October 22, 2023Penguin Park, […]

  • Walktober 2023

    Walk, ride or run a different KC Parks or Jackson County trail the first four Sundays in October! The fifth season of Walktober kicks-off in the 1800s with a walk through Missouri Town Living History Museum, then travels to Kansas City’s largest park~Swope Park, next out to the beautiful vistas of Lake Jacomo, and concludes […]

  • Greenest Ethnic Enrichment Festival ever thanks to KC Parks volunteers!

    Thank you to the KC Parks Ambassadors who volunteered in the extreme heat at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Swope Park, August 18-20. As a result of their efforts, the 2023 event was the most environmentally-friendly in the festival’s 44-year history. Over three days, volunteers sorted and hauled hundreds of buckets of food scraps and […]

  • Minor Park Pickleball Courts Officially Open

    Six new courts added for residents to enjoy and be active. Kansas City officials, KC Parks staff and local Pickleball players gathered this morning for the ribbon cutting and official opening of a new six-court Pickleball Complex in Minor Park. The courts, located at 1601 Red Bridge Rd., are accessible from Red Bridge Road between […]