KC Parks News

  • Arbor Day Tree Planting in Loose Park on April 8

    Tree Dedicated to Longtime Kansas City Environmental Leader  Kansas City’s Parks & Recreation Department invites you to celebrate Arbor Day and the passage of Kansas City’s first tree preservation ordinance with a tree planting event. A Bur Oak tree will be planted to honor Patricia A. Noll served as the City Planner for 35 years. Passionate […]

  • Honoring Commissioner Mary Williams-Neal

    Mary Williams-Neal was appointed to the Board of Parks & Recreation Commission in 2019. Kansas City is celebrating the life of Commissioner Mary Williams-Neal. She was not only known for her great leadership within the City but her deep dedication to its residents. Commissioner Williams-Neal was born in Pace, Mississippi and traveled to Kansas City, […]

  • Blue Fountain

    City of Fountains Foundation Celebrates 50 Years with Kansas City Royals Partnership

    Kansas City Parks & Recreation Crews will Dye Fountains Blue Throughout the Season  The City of Fountains Foundations is celebrating 50 years in 2023 and is partnering with the Royals Bring Out The Blue initiative to celebrate. Beginning on Fountain Day, April 14, one fountain will be dyed blue each month at the start of […]

  • KC Parks Aquatics Master Plan Update

    A final report and recommendations for aquatics in Kansas City is expected to be completed in late spring 2023. Aquatics SystemKansas City Parks and Recreation currently has 27 aquatic facilities that offer various water-recreational activities. These facilities make up the aquatics system, which includes:  11 outdoor pools 13 spraygrounds 3 indoor pools Several of these aquatic […]

  • KC Parks accepting submissions for the Brush Creek Cultural Heritage Corridor Trail

    Nominations are accepted until March 31, 2023 Be part of honoring history! What American Civil Rights Movement – tied to the Black experience in Kansas City – events, elements, or people should be illustrated along the Brush Creek Cultural Heritage Corridor Trail? Community members are invited to participate in the process to help the Kansas […]

  • Go Ape in Swope Park Opens for the Season on March 11

    Are you ready for an adventure? It’s time to get back outside and into nature! Go Ape Kansas City opens for the season on Saturday, March 11. Located at Camp Lake of the Woods in beautiful Swope Park, Go Ape is an unparalleled experience for participants of all ages. Guests can choose from a variety […]

  • KC Parks Ambassadors: 2022 Top Contributors

    Several KC Parks Ambassadors were recently recognized for their hours of service to Kansas City Parks & Recreation in 2022. Recipients include: 100+ hoursAngela Bass – 126 hoursAaron DeWitt – 117 hoursJulia Daily – 103 hoursChristopher Lowrance – 100 hoursRobin Wall – 100 hours 70+ hoursJoe Zivny – 78 hoursDayna Barlow – 73 hoursAlice White […]

  • KC Parks Recognized by State Association

    The Missouri Parks & Recreation Association recently recognized our KC Parks Ambassadors and Recreation Manager Jody Siemer for their accomplishments. Ambassadors Program: 2023 Organization Citation AwardIn 2020, Kelly Jander was hired by KC Parks to develop a volunteer program. Little did we know a global pandemic would begin shortly thereafter. Undaunted, Kelly changed her recruitment […]

  • Join our Ambassadors for a Pre-Draft Beautification Blitz

    Help tackle litter on Earth Day weekend! Save the dates for April 21-23. Exactly one week before the 2023 NFL Draft broadcasts live from Kansas City, Earth Day weekend will be a great time for everyone — individuals, organizations, businesses, and families — to rally together to help beautify our city. There will be two […]

  • KC Parks Ranked 2nd in National Social Media Engagement Report

    Next Practice Partners launches 1st Annual Rankings for Social Media Engagement in Parks and Recreation: Kansas City Parks & Recreation ranks #2 overall for 100 largest cities by population “These rankings were created to inspire parks and recreation agencies to tell their stories…and more often. These agencies and their staff transform lives in their communities and […]

  • Final Open House for Kessler Park Improvement Plan

    Join us on Saturday, February 4th, anytime between 11 am and 1 pm at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for the Final Open House of the planning process. The Kessler Park Improvement Plan Process began in the spring of 2022 and is now at its final stage. The design and planning team has […]