$1.2 million slated for Independence Plaza Park improvements

A groundbreaking was held this morning at Independence Plaza Park where a new $1.2 million capital improvement infusion will bring upgrades to the park on both side of Independence Boulevard. The improvements, funded primarily by the $30 million Paseo Gateway Project and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, include a futsal court, a walking trail, fencing and lighting enhancement, and a universally accessible playground for children, regardless of their degree of mobility.

Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association President Chris Binkley was excited about the programming opportunities at the park space.

“I’m excited to see some of the improvements coming to the park because we were able to work with Arts Block residents and leadership at Scuola Vita Nuova,” Binkley said. “The residents here want to be empowered, so kind of warding off some of the bad activity that we would get every once in a while with some capital improvements,  I’m excited by taking it in the other direction.”

In addition to the City and the Parks Department, community stakeholders included Brinshore Development, The Northeast Chamber of Commerce, the Independence Avenue CID, the Pendleton Heights and Independence Plaza Neighborhoods were on site to celebrate. Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of over two years of meeting and planning.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was was excited about the partnerships that made the park improvements possible.

“I’m particularly excited to work with some of our school partners and others who are making sure that our young people can see something different in these parks,” Lucas noted. “While we still have our challenges we want to make sure that these parks are known to be spaces for children, for families and for our community. It’s not a space for bad actors. It’s a space where Kansas City ants can come together.”

Other planned improvements include storefront facade upgrades, infrastructure improvements along the 8th Street and Woodland Avenue corridor and a new Samuel Rodgers Healthy Living campus.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • KC Current groundbreaking: Know before you go

    21 hours ago
    by

    KC Current will break ground on its new stadium today, October 6. “We are looking forward to hosting you tomorrow for […]


    Boil Order Cancelled

    23 hours ago
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below! Enter your email address and click on […]


    KC Water issues Boil Water Advisory for Northeast

    October 5th, 2022
    by

    KC Water is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory to customers within two areas in Jackson County – customers in the Northeast […]


    Elmwood Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary Celebration honors KC’s past residents

    October 5th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Elmwood Cemetery’s 150th anniversary was celebrated this weekend, complete with living history, food, talented musicians performing […]


    KCFD responds to abandoned Forest Ave apartment fire

    October 4th, 2022
    by

    A vacant apartment building at 609 Forest Avenue caught fire for the second time in three days on Tuesday morning. […]


    Healing House!

    October 4th, 2022
    by

    Volunteers with Healing House picked up St. John Avenue as well as walked through Budd Park picking up litter and […]


    Neighborhood Cleanup!

    October 4th, 2022
    by

    Historic Northeast residents took advantage of almost perfect weather Saturday morning to clean up their community. Dumpsters were placed at […]


    Ad Hoc!

    October 4th, 2022
    by

    The Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association hosted a Block Watch training for Northeast neighbors through the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime’s […]


  • Block party!

    October 4th, 2022
    by

    The Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council hosted a Block Party on 7th Street between Gladstone and Chestnut on Saturday, Oct. 1. […]


    Police investigate fatal stabbing in 500 block of Gladstone

    October 1st, 2022
    by

    One person is dead Saturday night in the 500 block of Gladstone Boulevard in the Historic Northeast. Monday morning the […]


    Updated COVID-19 Booster Doses are now available

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below! Enter your email address and click on […]


    The Kansas City Museum: Helping to Cultivate Future Leaders

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Sponsored content The Kansas City Museum has a small but mighty staff consisting of seven full-time and five part-time employees. […]


    Kansas City introduces Zero KC, a five-year plan to end homelessness

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Last week, Kansas City, Mo., officials announced a comprehensive five-year plan to end homelessness in the […]


    Community weighs in on new Kessler Park Master Plan

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Hoxie Collective, the community planning practice tasked with creating a new Kessler Park Master Plan, hosted […]


    Eyeglasses at the Gathering Table

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Volunteers with 20/20 Vision Foundation visited the Gathering Table on Saturday to provide free eye exams […]


    Spire to host public hearings on rate hikes

    September 28th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor On April 2, 2022, Spire filed a natural gas rate case with the Missouri Public Service […]


    Re-enlistment ceremony take place at Elmwood Cemetery

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Dorri PartainContributor United States Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Natalie Duff requested that her re-enlistment ceremony take place at Elmwood Cemetery […]


    The Sewing Labs tapped to participate in Department of Labor Initiative

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Sewing Labs, a Columbus Park based nonprofit, announced the organization is to be among the […]


    House of News scores big at MO Press Convention

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Once again, Kansas City’s Northeast News has raised the bar for Community Journalism in Kansas City’s Historic […]


    Historic Northeast Lofts developers seek blight declaration for Independence and Hardesty property

    September 21st, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor Planning for Historic Northeast Lofts at the southeast corner of Independence Avenue and Hardesty Avenue is […]


  • Northeast Newscast


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Remember This?

    Remember this?

    October 5th, 2022
    by

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.