Parks department replacing Scarritt markers

By Paul Thompson
Northeast News

Next time you’re driving  through Scarritt Renaissance, you might notice new signage celebrating the historical value of the neighborhood.

If you’ve lived in the area long enough, you may even recognize the historical markers, which were originally placed throughout the neighborhood more than a decade ago.

The signs were secured by the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood in the early 2000’s in order to mark the neighborhood’s Historic District boundaries. The signs took a heavy toll, however, as two of them were knocked over by errant vehicles. The sign at Benton Blvd. and Anderson was knocked over during a 2007 snowstorm, and the sign at 3900 Gladstone Boulevard was knocked over by a speeding car as it careened into the woods.

Both signs were rescued by former neighborhood association president Michael Bushnell.

“We got a call from someone about the Benton sign right after it happened, so we trekked out in the snow to make sure nobody stole it for scrap,” Bushnell said.

Both signs have been stored in his back yard since, waiting for the Parks Department to secure the funds for new poles.

“It’s good they’re being re-set so people can see the history of the neighborhood,” Bushnell added.

Current Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association President Leslie Caplan has been working with Kansas City Parks and Recreation to replace the signs. Caplan told the Northeast News that the plaques will be placed at five intersections: Lebelle and Lexington, the east side of the roundabout at St. John and Gladstone, Jackson and Independence, the new roundabout at Benton and Independence, and Gladstone and Independence. Caplan noted that the Gladstone and Independence signage, which is already in place, will first be removed for repair.

Caplan is excited about the return of the historical markers.

“I think it’s awesome. When I learned about them once being there and now being gone, I was sad about that,” said Caplan. “But when the Parks Department was willing to put them back up, and we tracked them all down, I thought that was great.”

Comments are closed.

  • Meth investigation ongoing

    June 21st, 2018
    by

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department is continuing its investigation into the June 20 discovery of […]


    Controversial Northeast development held by Council committee

    June 21st, 2018
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News A proposed retail development at 2600 Independence Avenue will have to wait at least another […]


    Suspected Drug Lab Busted

    June 20th, 2018
    by

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News   Authorities discovered an apparent drug lab in the Historic Northeast on Tuesday, June 19. Police […]


    Prospect Park Makeover

    June 20th, 2018
    by

    Paul Thompson Northeast News Kansas City Parks and Recreation unveiled two concepts for 2018 Prospect Plaza Park Master Plans on […]


    Northeast Newscast 55 – Catching up with new KCPD East Patrol Major Greg Volker

    June 19th, 2018
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on Kansas City’s Northeast Newscast, East Patrol’s new commander, Major Greg Volker, sits […]


  • Single terminal delay riles up KCMO City Council

    June 19th, 2018
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News City Council members appear unconvinced of the rationale for an estimated 6-12 month delay in […]


    KCPD seeks suspect in Truman Road robbery

    June 18th, 2018
    by

                                By Paul Thompson Northeast News The […]


    Flag Day serves as time of remembrance

    June 15th, 2018
    by

    Elisabeth Slay Editorial Assistant Northeast News To commemorate Flag Day and honor those who have served America, the Missouri Korean […]


  • What’s Happening

    The Standard of Luxury

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News What was once the shining gem in the newly developed Executive Park area of Kansas City’s […]

    CID: Family Dollar and Gen X Clothing

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Local Weather