KC Parks News

  • KC Parks Director Leads National Organization

    Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation Director Mark L. McHenry was recently elected President of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). He is the first and only director from Kansas City to lead this prestigious national organization. McHenry was officially installed at the AAPRA banquet held during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual […]

  • New Shade Structure Installed in Karnes Playground

    Creative, Artistic, and Functional Shade Structure installed in Roanoke Park!  The installation is complete of an artistic shade structure at the Karnes playground in Roanoke Park. The piece was a cooperative effort designed by Rie Egawa + Burgess Zbryk and crafted at Hufft. The installation itself was donated by Kissick Construction. The piece is the fruition of […]


    On October 11, 2017, the Paseo Gateway Intersection Redesign will be revealed followed by a Design Workshop for the Monument that will be located at the intersection. The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation department invites you to join your neighbors and be the first to view the design and join in the […]

  • Starlight

    2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series at Starlight Theatre Announced

    Starlight Theatre is pleased to announce that its 2018 Broadway series will be newly sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and will feature a wide selection of shows designed to satisfy the varied entertainment tastes of Kansas City theatre-goers. Starlight has programmed its core summer season to encompass five Broadway musicals with weeklong runs and, to […]

  • Anita Gorman Awarded Pugsley Medal from American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

    Anita B. Gorman recently received The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) at a banquet held during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. She was presented the award by KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry, who was installed as president of AAPRA at […]

  • NEWS: Construction Kickoff for Restoration and Renovation of KC Museum: October 10

    WHAT Special public ceremony to celebrate the commencement of the first stage of construction to add exhibition galleries and amenities to the Kansas City Museum. WHO City Officials, Museum Staff, Project Team Members, along with representatives from the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department, and members of the Parks Board and Kansas City Museum Foundation […]

  • Residents Invited to Help Shape Citywide Budget Priorities

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is again asking residents to join the discussion to help shape the citywide priorities that will serve as critical guidelines for the next five years. Councilmembers are collecting information they’ll use to set the next budget. Feedback from residents is always appreciated, but it’s especially helpful when delivered in […]

  • Ribbon Cutting for New Trailside Center Parking Lot and Time Capsule Burial

    On September 22, community leaders celebrated the past, present and future of South Kansas City at a time capsule burial ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new parking lot at the Trailside Center.  The lot was a former restaurant and blighted parking lot. Construction began in March and was recently completed with 31 total parking spaces, two of which are ADA. […]

  • CELEBRATE A NATURAL PHENOMENON: Monarch Migration In Kansas City

    Celebrate the mind-boggling, awe-inspiring, beauty of the seasonal monarch migration at Jacob L. Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall Rd., KCMO, Saturday, September 23rd 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative (KCNPI), Monarch fans can pretend to fly a miniature migration route while observing caterpillars, chrysalises and adult butterflies close-up. During […]

  • Still Time to See Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence Exhibition

    In May, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and KC Parks opened an new temporary exhibition, Chillida-Rhythm-Time-Silence. Four sculptures are on view in Theis Park and three are on display in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park on the south lawn of the museum through December 3, 2017. Admission is free. This exhibition presents seven large-scale sculptures by […]

  • Minor Park featured in The Pitch

    Minor Park’s more-than-minor wonders: history, riverfront hiking and a busy cricket league in south Kansas City by April Fleming, The Pitch Beginning almost two centuries ago and continuing for 35 years, the grassy hills now a part of Kansas City’s Minor Park were rutted by constant wagon traffic from travelers on the Oregon, Santa Fe […]


    Grease is the word at Starlight Theatre now through Thursday, Sept. 14. The beloved musical that features 1950s’ high school romance and rock ‘n’ roll will cruise across the Starlight stage like Greased Lightnin’ for six performances, opening on Friday night, Sept. 8 and continuing through Sept. 14. Rehearsals for Grease, Starlight’s only locally produced […]