KC Parks News

  • KC Parks #PlayerOfTheDay Video

    This year, during Park and Recreation Month we focused on our employees by featuring a #PlayerOfTheDay each day of July. #DiscoverJuly #KCParks #WhereKCPlays Here’s the recap video!

  • Gillham Sprayground Opens

    August 9, 2018 . . . The Gillham Sprayground opened today with lots of happy faces and colorful beach balls! Located south of the play ground in Gillham Park, 41st & Gillham/Kenwood, Midtown’s newest sprayground features a combination of sprayers, bubblers and custom water elements, a shade structure, synthetic turf berm, benches and tables. The $740,000 […]

  • Get to Know the Busy Bead Maze Artists

    West Terrace Park is home to three Art in the Loop installations this summer.  Learn more about the artists who created Busy Bead Maze in this article by Rachel Love. The creators of Busy Bead Maze, a large-scale outdoor installation evoking nostalgia for those recognizable fixtures in pediatrician’s offices, are a trio of current Kansas City Art Institute students: Michael Elwood, Annelise […]

  • Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain Renovations Begin

    July 30, 2018 . . . City officials, KC Parks staff, and City of Fountains Foundation board members gathered this morning for ceremony celebrating the beginning of public-private funded renovations to the Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain. Located at Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway, the fountain welcomes visitors to the entrance of Swope Park and pays […]

  • Feast of Fountains Food Truck Festival Begin August 9

    Join KC Parks and local food trucks for Food Truck Festivals to benefit Kansas City’s beautiful fountains. From August-October, we highlight prominent fountains throughout the city, while guests feast on delicious food offerings from KC’s favorite food trucks, enjoy live music from local popular bands, and other fun activities for the whole family. A portion […]

  • Trolley Trail Bike & Pet Oasis Opens

    On July 17, City officials celebrated the dedication of the Trolley Trail Bike and Pet Oasis located on the trail next to the newly remodeled  HJ Youth & Community Center in Brookside.  Bicyclists and pets also attended to be among the first to try out the amenities at the Oasis. The project  is a public/private partnership […]

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    39th Annual Ethnic Festival Coming Soon to Swope Park

    Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2018 Ethnic Enrichment Festival! The Ethnic Enrichment Commission and KCMO Parks and Recreation Department are partnering again to produce this “must attend” event. The third full weekend in August is the traditional date for the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, and we are excited to be […]

  • Cliff Drive & Spirit of KC Scenic Byways Trail Opens

    On June 1, KC Parks celebrated the official opening of the new multipurpose trail connecting Cliff Drive in Kessler Park to the River Market and the Riverfront Heritage Trail. Features of the project include: 3,643 linear feet of 10’ wide concrete trail through Kessler Park and along The Paseo 22 ADA Ramps 3,951 square feet […]

  • Summer Camps at Starlight Theatre

    There is still time – and space – to sign up your aspiring young performer for Act Like An Animal Camp or Camp Take-a-Bow at Starlight Theatre! When school’s out, Starlight’s summer camps are the best way to beat boredom and keep kids active, engaged and learning new skills. Registration is open now for children […]

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    14th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival: June 9

    Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza will be packed with people and dragons for the 14th Annual Kansas City Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The boats enter the water at 8 a.m. and festivities begin at 9:45 am. as drum rollers and dragons march along the banks of Brush Creek to kick-off […]


    I don’t know about you, but it about kills me being stuck inside at work on a beautiful summer day. Art in the Loop is here for you, fellow warm-weather enthusiasts. Not only have we put together some stellar art installations around Downtown KC and along the KC Streetcarroute for you to feast your eyes upon, but have enlisted some […]

  • Boy Scouts and KC Parks to Plant 18,000 Flowers on Mother’s Day Weekend

    Giving back is a staple of the Scouting program and on Saturday, May 12, the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America and Kansas City Parks and Recreation are teaming up to make Kansas City beautiful. More than 500 Scouts, volunteers, and KC Parks employees will celebrate DIG DAY by planting more than 18,000 […]