KC Parks News

  • KC Parks Ambassadors Host Make A Difference Mondays

    A new initiative from the KC Parks Ambassadors, Make A Difference Mondays, invites the community to help Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers tackle the loose litter problem on The Paseo every Monday morning through November 30,2020.  WHO: Kansas City Parks and Recreation WHAT: Make a Difference Mondays – Community Litter Cleanups on […]

  • KC Parks Celebrating Lights On Afterschool!

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation will be celebrating Lights On Afterschool in some special ways. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement.  The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights […]

  • Statement from Parks and Recreation Director

    I hope everyone in the community is continuing to enjoy our warm fall weather and our public open spaces including Kansas City’s numerous beautiful parks We encourage you to continue to enjoy our 12,000+ acres of parkland. However, please continue to follow the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and […]

  • Brothers Work Day and Night to Create Winter Magic in Swope Park

    Every day, from 8:30am to 8 or 9pm you will find brothers, Aaron and Skylar O’Dell in Swope Park.  They are not biking, hiking, or grilling out, they are creating Winter Magic along Oakwood Drive at Camp Lake of the Woods.  They say, “Winter Magic is a World where Winter Wonder awaits you”. Winter Magic […]

  • NEWS: KC Parks Melinda Minks Named 2020 World Citizen

    KC Parks very own Melinda Minks is the 2020 World Citizen nominated by the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.  This prestigious award has been given for decades to a Kansas City area resident who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting international peace, justice, and community in accord with the spirit of the […]

  • NEWS: Walktober Returns October 4 on the Rock Island Trail

    WHO City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Jackson County, Missouri/Jackson County Parks + Rec BikeWalkKC WHAT Walktober: For the second year, KC Parks, BikeWalkKC and Jackson County have partnered on a series of events encouraging everyone to walk, ride or run a different trail every Sunday in October. One of the few things that has […]

  • KC Parks Offers Free COVID-19 Testing

    KC Parks and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to offer free Covid-19 testing for asymptomatic and symptomatic essential workers at several KC Parks locations in October. October 8, 9 a.m.-Noon>> Gillham Park, 3915 Gillham Rd October 9, 9 a.m.-Noon>> Blue Valley Park, 2301 Topping Ave October 10, 9 a.m.-Noon>> The Springs Aquatic Center, 9400 […]

  • Starlight

    Starlight Announces its 2021 AdventHealth Broadway Series

    While the coronavirus pandemic prevented audiences from enjoying evenings under the stars in 2020, Starlight is excited to look ahead to 2021. Starlight rebooked a number of shows previously scheduled to play in 2020 for the following summer and added two new sensational Broadway hits for the 2021 AdventHealth Broadway Series. Season ticket holders have […]

  • KC Parks Ambassadors Making a Difference

    Troost Lake is an urban oasis just south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, bordered by one of the city’s famed boulevards, The Paseo, and one of its storied jazz thoroughfares, Vine Street. Yet this 3.5-acre plot of green space is not immune to illegal dumping and litter. So on one Saturday morning in early July, […]

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

    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 Park organizations are once again partnering with Community Blood Center (CBC) for another […]

  • View Artists in Action at the 9th Annual Brush Creek Art Walk September 18-20

    The 9th Annual Brush Creek Art Walk is a three-day outdoor (plein air) painting competition located along the walkways and banks of Brush Creek stretching from the Country Club Plaza east to Elmwood Ave. Three Quick Paint events are scheduled throughout the weekend to provide an opportunity to see the artists in action at the same […]