KC Parks News

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

     The blood drive will be held Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10. 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 […]

  • Twelve trails for the holidays

    KC Parks and the Community Celebrate a New Urban Trail~and Kicks Off Twelve Days of Trails

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department has a new urban trail in Blue Valley Park, thanks the Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA) and a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association.  Through the grant, HCA collaborated with the Blue Valley Neighborhood Association, Urban Trail Co., Habitat Architects and Nomad Trails to […]

  • Park Cleaning

    Make a Difference While You Distance

    Stay active and make KC better together — even while we’re apart.  The City of Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation Department is asking everyone to Make a Difference While You Distance during the City’s Safer at Home Covid-19 Guidelines. Park use has exponentially increased during the pandemic, and unfortunately, the amount of loose litter […]

  • The Penguin Park Coloring & Activity Book

    Penguin Park Coloring & Activity Book Now Available

    Publication aimed for kids—and former kids—who love KC’s park treasure  Author and illustrator Kevin Worley, who grew up in Kansas City’s Northland and frequently visited Penguin Park as a child, has published The Penguin Park Coloring & Activity Book. The book is currently available on Amazon, and a portion of proceeds from the sale of the book […]

  • National World War I Museum

    National World War I Museum and Memorial Veterans Day Activities

    ‘Legacy Jump’ to kick off Veterans Day activities.Free admission for Veterans/Active Duty Military Saturday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 15 & Half-Price General Admission for the Public on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 In commemoration of Veterans Day, the National WWI Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor those who have served — […]

  • Israel Garcia

    Borded Carnosos: Border Carnage Exhibit Now Open in Budd Park

    EXHIBITION HOURS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Fridays thru December 15, 2020. “Borded Carnosos | Border Carnage MoLCA” is an evolving, traveling exhibition by Kansas City-based artist Israel Alejandro Garcia Garcia on display in Budd Park (near the northwest corner of St. John Ave. and Brighton Ave.) in the Indian Mound neighborhood of […]

  • Golf

    Proposals Being Accepted for Leasing of KC Parks Five Public Golf Courses

    WHO: The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department WHAT: KC Parksis accepting proposals for leasing of the Heart of America Golf Academy, Minor Park Golf Course, Hodge Park Golf Course, Shoal Creek Golf Course and Swope Memorial Golf Course. WHEN: Proposal deadline is Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2 p.m., KC Parks Administration, 4600 E 63rd Street, Kansas […]

  • Gratitude Walls

    KC Parks Offers Community Gratitude Walls

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation kicks off a month of Gratitude providing the Kansas City Community an opportunity to express their thankfulness on ten Community Gratitude Walls located throughout KC Parks. The idea is designed to give the community an opportunity to share for what they are thankful. KC Parks Director Terry Rynard […]

  • Winter Magic

    Join KC Parks for Winter Magic in Swope Park!

    UPDATE (1/8/21): Thank you to everyone who helped make Winter Magic in Swope Park a huge success.  Winter Magic, Kansas City’s Premiere Christmas Lights drive thru experience was open from November 2, 2020-January 2, 2021 as a partnership between KC Parks and Jolt Lighting. Organizers were hoping to attract 20,000 cars in this first year, […]

  • MAD-Paseo

    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 […]

  • Lights on Afterschool

    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 […]

  • Terry Reynard

    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 […]