KC Parks News

  • Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park Opens for the Season on March 11

    Go Ape Kansas City can’t wait to see you up in the trees this spring! Go Ape offers an outdoor experience like no other, with over 70 suspended obstacles, thrilling ziplines, and an amazing view of beautiful Swope Park. Go Ape, located at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park, launched a brand-new Treetop […]

  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre Announces KCRep for All

    KC Parks partners with KC Rep to bring free world-class theatre to four community centers. Kansas City Repertory Theatre announces the launch of KCRep for All, a new community tour bringing the magic of theatre throughout Kansas City in community centers, public libraries, and senior centers. KCRep for All breaks down economic and geographic barriers […]

  • First Kansas City Team to Qualify for U.S. Figure Skating Synchronized Skating Championships

    The KC Illusion Adult Synchronized Skating Team trains at KC Parks Line Creek Ice Arena. What do teachers, digital marketers, engineers, coaches, executive assistants, social media specialists, dental hygienists, salespeople, commercial real estate account managers, personal trainers, nurses, retirees, and students all have in common? If you said they are all women – you’d be correct.  […]

  • For Sale: Holiday Reflections Quick Paint Submissions

    Original works from our recent Holiday Reflections Quick Paint Competitions at Union Station. Contact Heidi Markle for purchase details. They make great one-of-a-kind gifts for you, your friends and family!!!

  • Union Station Holiday Quick Paint a Huge Success!

    A second holiday quick paint competition will take place this Saturday afternoon. Visitors to Union Station last Friday evening got to witness 22 talented artists participating in the inaugural Holiday Quick Paint competition presented in partnership with KC Parks. The artists had 2.5 hours to complete an on-site painting capturing the magic of Union Station […]

  • Note from KC Parks Director Chris Cotten

    It is an honor to return to Kansas City to the department where my full time career began.  I am excited about the opportunities that our team has to make a difference in the community and it is my hope to maximize those opportunities over time.  As we begin the process of implementing an update […]

  • Local Artists Featured at Union Station Quick Paint Competitions

    Many of Kansas City’s talented artists will be featured this First Friday evening during a Quick Paint competition at Union Station. The inaugural event is presented in partnership with Kansas City Parks and Recreation. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec 3, visitors will witness 20 artists in action as they capture the magic of Union […]

  • Visit the KC Parks Poinsettia Tree at Union Station’s Holiday Reflections

    For the second year, Kansas City Parks and Recreation is participating in Union Station’s Holiday Reflections exhibit with the installation of a live Poinsettia Tree. The almost 10-foot tall tree is comprised of 90 living pink, red and white Poinsettia plants. While it took KC Parks employees almost two hours to erect the tree, you […]

  • New Segment of Briarcliff Greenway Trail Opens

    On November 16, KC Parks and City officials joined with Briarcliff neighbors to officially open a new 1/2 mile segment of Briarcliff Greenway Trail. The new section incorporates boardwalks to preserve the natural habitat and beauty of the linear Northland park. PROJECT DETAILSBriarcliff Greenway is a 41-acre Park, acquired in 1957, which extends between NW […]

  • City Breaks Ground on Independence Plaza Park Upgrades

    City leaders broke ground today for a transformative project that will soon bring new life to a park in the city’s Historic Northeast neighborhood. Upgrades to Independence Plaza Park are part of a $30 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and include: A new, attractive universally accessible playground for children regardless […]

  • KC Parks Ambassadors Honored by GKCAA

    Resident Engagement Officer, Kelly Jander, honored for her work developing the KC Parks Ambassadors Program Six Heart of Kansas City awards were presented November 3rd at the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association (GKCAA) Heart of Kansas City Awards reception including Ambassador of the Year which was awarded to KC Parks Resident Engagement Officer Kelly Jander. […]

  • Variety KC Installs Communication and Sign Language Boards at KC Parks Playgrounds

    Signs were donated by Randi Mahomes for KCMO Inclusive Playgrounds to help KC kids communicate Above and beyond what is considered an inclusive playground (physically allowing all kids to engage and play together), Variety KC has installed inclusive Communication Boards to aid engagements between kids and parents or caregivers, kids and other kids,  for kids that […]