KC Parks News

  • {NEWS} Join KC Parks for 55th Anniversary of Santa’s Wonderland

    Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating it’s 55th Anniversary of Santa’s Wonderland. This is KC Parks longest running tradition. Santa’s Wonderland started in 1964 from an idea presented by then Park Department Director, Frank Vaydik. Mr. Vaydik worked in Detroit, Michigan before coming to Kansas City. He proposed an idea used by the Detroit Parks of displays of […]

  • {NEWS} Urban Land Institute to Advise Kansas City, Missouri on Creation of an Equitable Park System

    Renowned Panel of Land Use, Planning Experts to Visit Area from December 1-6 NOTE: The public and media are invited to the presentation of the findings on Friday, December 6, at 9 a.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri. For more information contact Justin Arnold, 202-448-8717, justin.arnold@uli.org November 26, […]

  • New Playground Opens in Fox Hill Park

    VIEW VIDEO FROM OPENING>> Student leaders from Fox Hill Elementary were special guests at today’s opening of the new playground in Fox Hill Park. The 27 National Blue Ribbon students joined KC Parks officials, neighborhood representatives, and the “Fox Hill cat”  to officially cut the ribbon and open the Northland playground for play. The Gametime […]

  • Groundbreaking Held for Chouteau Fountain in the Northland

    On November 15, City officials, Native American council members, Northland leaders, and Francois Chouteau himself, gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking/project kick-off for construction of the Francois Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain.  The new fountain honors the founder of Kansas City, Francois Chouteau, and the Native Americans who lived and traded in the area. It […]

  • Where to Submit MLK Tribute Ideas

    Please submit your ideas by email to MLKTribute@kcmo.org, or by mail to: Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners c/o MLK Tribute 4600 E 63rd Street Kansas City, Mo. 64130 Following an initial 90-day public comment period, the Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners will conduct a series of public meetings – engaging residents, community organizations […]

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    KC Parks and Brookside Soccer Club Partner to Launch Sporting Brookside

    Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation and Brookside Soccer Club (BSC) have partnered to launch a new youth soccer league in collaboration with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City that will provide more recreational soccer opportunities and benefits to residents throughout Kansas City and surrounding areas. Set to begin play in early 2020, Sporting […]

  • Flags for Veterans at KC Parks Tony Aguirre Community Center

    The lawn of KC Parks Tony Aguirre Community Center will be covered with American Flags this Veterans Day to honor those who serve or have served in our military.  More than 200 American Flags, with names of veterans on them, will be placed on the lawn of Tony Aguirre Community Center, starting at 8:30am, Friday, […]

  • Mayor Quinton Lucas Appoints New Parks & Recreation Board of Commissioners

    Five KCMO residents, appointed by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, were sworn in today as Kansas City Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners. The volunteer Parks Board is charged with improving the quality of life for Kansas Citians by providing recreational, leisure and aesthetic opportunities for all residents and by conserving and enhancing the environment. […]

  • Anita B. Gorman Included on KC 50 Most Powerful List

    435 Magazine recently included the former KC Parks Board Commissioner/President as one of Kansas City’s 50 Most Powerful People. We agree! ANITA B. GORMAN: Gorman has been shaping city and state parks for 40 years. Throughout the Kansas City area, you’ll see Anita B. Gorman’s name on city parks, a major nature center, a hiking […]

  • Veterans Day Weekend Events Honor Those Who Serve Our Country at National WWI Museum and Memorial Friday-Monday, Nov. 8-11

    Free admission for Veterans/Active Duty Military Personnel & Half-Price General Admission for the Public All Weekend Traveling Vietnam War Exhibition from the New-York Historical Society Opens Friday, Nov. 8 at the Museum and Memorial on its Last National Tour Stop As the commemoration of the centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National WWI […]

  • Public Art Offers Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are needed to help survey new fountains and sculptures in the KC metro area. On Saturday, November 2, from 9-11, members of the Kansas City Adopt a Monument committee will show volunteers how to measure, photograph and document new public art. The fountain in front of the movie theater at the Legends Outlet at […]

  • New Inclusive Playground Opens in Hospital Hill Park

    Children’s Mercy Hospital, located in Hospital Hill Park, for many years has featured a playground in front of the hospital that is used by therapists treating patients for social and physical exercise opportunities. Variety KC, a leader in inclusive efforts throughout the region, and KC Parks joined forces last year to raise funds and update the […]