The Columbus Park neighborhood is bordered on three sides by major highways. Route 9 separates the neighborhood from River Market on the west, I-35 North separates it from Pendleton Heights on the east, and a portion of the North Loop – I-35 and I-70 – separates it from downtown to the south. Its northern boundary is 3rd street and the major railroad line at the foot of the majestic Missouri River bluffs.

Columbus Park, or “The North End”, was first settled in the late 1800’s, largely by Italian immigrants who had arrived in the United States seeking their fortune. Their initial plan was to come to America, make large amounts of money, then return to Italy as rich men. Somewhere along the line, that changed when they realized what America held for them.

Recently, the area has become an arts hub with numerous galleries and a monthly art walk held on the third Friday of every month. Columbus Park is also home to the Sewing Labs, a nonprofit focused on job skills training in the creative sewing arts, in the newly renovated Don Bosco Community Center. New restaurants such as Happy Gillis, Wolfepack BBQ, Kim’s Deli or the longtime favorite Garozzo’s Italian Restaurant beckon visitors to the quaint streets of Columbus Park. Cafe Cà Phê, a Vietnamese coffee shop, as well as Lily Floral Designs now call the 5th Street corridor home, creating a cozy, small business node in the heart of the neighborhood.

Take a walk through the Columbus Park neighborhood most any evening and be greeted by friendly residents who love living in one of Kansas City’s most urban and trendy neighborhoods.

The Columbus Park Community Council is a a Missouri 501(c)3 organization. It has been actively involved in conversations centered on the regulation of Short Term Rentals as well as fostering discussions on creating holistic, wrap-around programs that care for the area’s houseless population. Incoming president Jeff Albright maintains an active neighborhood social media presence, updating residents on everything from new construction projects to activities presented by area non-profit organizations that may be of interest to the Columbus Park community.