Community Engagement

MLK Meeting (3)

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners is invited the public to speak on honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The public session was in a virtual format, accessible to all residents to participate in and recorded.

Mayor Quinton Lucas directed the KC Parks Board of Commissioners to gather public input on how to honor King’s legacy.  So far, there have been hundreds of great ideas submitted in print and emails, but we would like to get some more public engagement on the topic with breakout sessions for participants.  We are encouraged by the collective energy and attention put forth by our community, to ultimately create a more equitable & robust conversation towards unity in our beloved city.

**Download the list of MLK Suggestions from Mail and E-Mail

Updates to MLK Park 

Contract with Gunter Construction has been approved for the Design/Build of MLK Destination Play Site.  We will be having more Community Conversations about this destination playground in February, with a Ground Breaking scheduled for March and a ribbon cutting by Fall 2021.   We value your input, so please be sure to let us know what you think will be important at this one of a kind playground.

KC Parks Board Awards Million Dollar Contract to Diverse Project Team for the Design-Build of Historic Playsite at MLK Park>>

Stay active and make KC better together — even while we’re apart.

Park use has exponentially increased during the pandemic, and unfortunately, the amount of loose litter has too. So next time you or your family head out to a park, trail, or take a walk along one of the beautiful boulevards, we hope you’ll consider taking a bag and gloves to pick up litter along the way. Imagine the difference we could make if every resident collected just one bag of litter!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Take a bag and gloves on your next outing. If you don’t have supplies, contact and we can coordinate a contact-free pick up with you.
  1. Pick up litter following the safety guidelines below. Place bag in nearest trash can or next to the receptacle closest to the street for KC Parks staff to haul away.
  2. Share photos on social media with #KCParks. Then challenge your friends!
  3. Send your photo and location of your trash to:
  4. Follow steps 1-4 on your next outing. It’s a healthy habit to create.

Where You Can Make a Difference
Help beautify your favorite park or explore somewhere new. These parks could use an extra hand:

  • Blue Valley Park, E. 23rd St. & Topping Ave
  • Swope Park, Swope Pkwy & Meyer Blvd.
  • Kessler Park, Chestnut Tfwy & Cliff Drive
  • Penn Valley Park (near tennis courts, The Scout, around Lake), West 29th St. and Broadway Blvd.
  • Chouteau Greenway Park, N.E. 42nd Terr. & Chouteau Pkwy
  • Hidden Valley Park, N.E. Russell Road & N. Bennington Ave.
  • Pleasant Valley Park, 6401 N.E. Pleasant Valley Rd
  • Noble Park, E. 75th St. and Cleveland Ave.

Litter Cleanup Guidelines

  • Wear sturdy shoes (no sandals), and gloves. Wash your hands well afterward.
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent when appropriate.
  • Avoid working near roads or parking lots.
  • Don’t overfill your bag—keep it light enough to carry.
  • Look out for poison ivy or thorny plants. Don’t eat any berries or mushrooms you find.
  • Don’t enter high vegetation areas (home to snakes and other wildlife) or bodies of water.
  • Don’t pick up dangerous items such as glass, razor blades, syringes or needles, household hazardous waste (HHW), dead animals, weapons, and unlabeled chemical containers.
  • If you find chemicals, HHW, or dead animals in the open, call 311.
  • Please do not clean up homeless sites, but please report them by calling 311.

Thank you for helping beautify KC Parks! We look forward to hearing from you!

Southeast Community Center Pool Virtual Community Conversation
Thank you for to everyone who participated in Community Conversations about Southeast Community Center Pool.    We had 28 attendees, 6 KCMO Parks Staff and 2 from the design team.  There were more than 90 who took the survey.  Thank you.