KC Parks News

  • Ethnic Fest 17b

    39th Annual Ethnic Festival Coming Soon to Swope Park

    Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2018 Ethnic Enrichment Festival! The Ethnic Enrichment Commission and KCMO Parks and Recreation Department are partnering again to produce this “must attend” event. The third full weekend in August is the traditional date for the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, and we are excited to be […]

  • Cliff Drive & Spirit of KC Scenic Byways Trail Opens

    On June 1, KC Parks celebrated the official opening of the new multipurpose trail connecting Cliff Drive in Kessler Park to the River Market and the Riverfront Heritage Trail. Features of the project include: 3,643 linear feet of 10’ wide concrete trail through Kessler Park and along The Paseo 22 ADA Ramps 3,951 square feet […]

  • Summer Camps at Starlight Theatre

    There is still time – and space – to sign up your aspiring young performer for Act Like An Animal Camp or Camp Take-a-Bow at Starlight Theatre! When school’s out, Starlight’s summer camps are the best way to beat boredom and keep kids active, engaged and learning new skills. Registration is open now for children […]

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    14th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival: June 9

    Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza will be packed with people and dragons for the 14th Annual Kansas City Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The boats enter the water at 8 a.m. and festivities begin at 9:45 am. as drum rollers and dragons march along the banks of Brush Creek to kick-off […]


    I don’t know about you, but it about kills me being stuck inside at work on a beautiful summer day. Art in the Loop is here for you, fellow warm-weather enthusiasts. Not only have we put together some stellar art installations around Downtown KC and along the KC Streetcarroute for you to feast your eyes upon, but have enlisted some […]

  • Boy Scouts and KC Parks to Plant 18,000 Flowers on Mother’s Day Weekend

    Giving back is a staple of the Scouting program and on Saturday, May 12, the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America and Kansas City Parks and Recreation are teaming up to make Kansas City beautiful. More than 500 Scouts, volunteers, and KC Parks employees will celebrate DIG DAY by planting more than 18,000 […]

  • Variety KC Exploration Play Opens at the Kansas City Zoo

    Kansas City Zoo and Variety KC have partnered to bring an all-inclusive exploration area to Kansas City, making this the first all-inclusive playground of its kind at any Zoo nationwide. The playground officially opened to the public on May 4 with the help of KCZoo and Variety KC volunteers as well as Kansas City Royals […]

  • Penn Valley Park Plein Air

    Plein Air KC Begins

    KC’s Plein Air season officially began last Friday at Plein Air KC‘s kick-off reception and Nocturne Quick Paint competition at Union Station. Plein Air is a French term which means “open (in full) air”.  All paintings must be created outdoors during the festival and, at quick paint competitions, with time/location constraints. In addition to Friday’s Nocturne […]

  • Illuminated Waters to make a BIG Splash on Memorial Day weekend

    Mark your calendar for this innovative artistic experience on MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!  This unique, free, two-day water festival will combine everything we have all learned to love—a giant puppet play, food trucks from around Kansas City, interactive art, games and music. Everything will be at Theis Park right next to Brush Creek. You’ll have the […]

  • West Terrace Park is Home to Art in the Park this Summer

    The 2018 Art in the Loop Project: KC Plays!, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and KC Streetcar, features 15 temporary artworks and performances along the city’s streetcar route, in West Terrace Park and at the Kansas City Public Library. The 2018 Art in the Loop Project: KC Plays! infuses the center of […]

  • LifeX: Putting the Community Back in Community Centers

    Where you are born shouldn’t affect how long you live. Unfortunately, in Kansas City and throughout the United States, it does. A few miles, a bridge over a river, the other side of train tracks, or even political boundaries — these lines can be the difference between life and death. After analyzing yearly death data, statisticians […]

  • An Apple a Day: Urban Fruit Orchard Makes its Way to Swope Park

    The landscape in Kansas City is changing. Local organizations are teaming up to grow a self-proclaimed “fruit forest” in the heart of the city.  This shovel ready project is slated for an unlikely location, Swope Park. The Giving Grove is partnering with the Kansas City Urban Farm Coop and KC Parks to plant roughly 150 […]