KC Parks News

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • New Soccer Academy Opens in Swope Park

    On November 21, Kansas City Parks & Recreation celebrated the official opening of the Ryogoku Soccer Academy in Swope Park. Kansas City is a Soccer CityThere is simply no denying it, Kansas City is a soccer city! The Kansas City metro area has been home to a successful MLS franchise in Sporting Kansas City for […]

  • New work of public art for Maplewoods Parkway

    View the artwork at a ribbon cutting for Maplewoods Parkway on April 26. Kansas City-based artist Beth Nybeck has installed Dream Swept, a new work of public art for Kansas City’s Northland, in the Shoal Creek Parkway and Maplewoods Parkway roundabout. The City of Kansas City, Missouri One Percent for Art program and the Parks […]

  • The Paseo Gateway Intersection Project Begins

    On April 8th, KC Parks leaders, city officials and Northeast KC stakeholders celebrated the commencement of The Paseo Gateway Intersection project with a groundbreaking. The Paseo Boulevard & Independence Avenue intersection serves as a major gateway from the north via I-29 into the City’s boulevard system. The Cliff Drive Bridge and intersection were originally constructed […]

  • KC Parks Director Chris Cotten

    Chris Cotten is a parks professional with 30 years of experience in sports management and parks and recreation operations including 16 years as department director in the cities of Salina, Kan., Normal, Ill., Joplin and Harrisonville, Mo. He previously worked for KC Parks managing the Brush Creek Community Center from 1999-2004. Mr. Cotten received his bachelor’s […]

  • KC Parks New QLID District Making a Difference

    KC Parks has created a new district, The Quality of Life Investment District – to help combat inequity within the parks system. The Quality of Life Investment District (QLID) will now manage all KC Parks within the five zip codes within the City that have the lowest life expectancy. There are a total of 38 Parks (out of 221) within the QLID.

  • Chiefs MVP Mahomes Cuts Ribbon for Newest KC Parks Playground

    Chiefs MVP Cuts Ribbon for Newest KC Parks Playground!

    It’s not every day that we get an NFL MVP to attend a city event. But everyone seemed to enjoy having Patrick Mahomes cut the ribbon on August 28 at our newest playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The opening celebration featured drum lines, KC Wolf, pennant flags, and confetti cannons. But, of course, […]

  • Glenn North Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park

    A Place Fit for a King

    Local poet and Executive Director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, Glenn North, kicked-off the groundbreaking for the 15 and the Mahomies Playground at Martin Luther King, Jr. Square Park with this original poem. Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king,for my tongue is like the pen […]

  • Kansas City Parks and Boulevards Historic District Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

    “The Kansas City Parks and Boulevards Historic District,” Kansas City, Jackson County, MO, has officially been listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in Community Planning and Development and Landscape Architecture. The historic district (timeframe 1895-1965) comprises three parks including Kessler Park, Penn Valley Park, and The Parade, connected by a […]