Tower Park will receive playground upgrades.

Parks and Rec to invest in park improvements

Kansas City Parks and Recreation is spending $6.3 million in park improvements and upgrades at locations across the city.

Kansas City Parks and Recreation is announcing $6.3 million in park improvements and upgrades at locations across the city, including $250,000 in building repairs and parking lot at Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Rd. Another $220,000 will fund a contract for regular upgrades of exercise equipment at all city community centers.

Hillcrest Community Center is located at 10401 Hillcrest Rd.

Other projects include $3.2 million for a new aquatics facility at the Southeast Community Center around the sprayground.  

The aquatic facility will include a pool, complete with zero-depth entry, spray features, deep area for lap swimming, swim lessons and lifeguard training. Other items planned are new pool equipment, chemical room, multipurpose room, office, first aid room, natatorium, sprinkler room, equipment room, mechanical room and all necessary roof repairs. Community engagement meetings were held to build consensus for these aquatic improvements. The consultant company of Waters Edge Aquatic Design is finalizing the construction documents for a fall 2022 bid opening. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2023.   

Playgrounds and park upgrades are also slated for the following locations:  

  • Tower Park in the Waldo neighborhood at 75th & Holmes – playground   
  • Budd Park in the Historic Northeast area – walking trail replacement around the perimeter of the park, two 20×20 park shelters in the park, two playgrounds 
  • Cooley Park along North Antioch Road – master plan – parking lot expansion, new soccer field, trails and playground  
  • Barry Road Park on North Congress Avenue – replacing playground  
  • Ashland Square Park at Elmwood Avenue and East 23rd Street – sprayground, construction beginning this summer, new playground will be built and opened  

“We are thrilled to be making these improvements,” said KC Parks Director Christopher Cotten. “Improved amenities will bring renewed energy to the communities who get to enjoy them every day.”    

Additionally, $1 million will be spent as the local match to design a bridge so that residents living on the north side of Brush Creek can easily walk to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This will be combined with federal funding recently announced by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. 

“Children in every part of Kansas City deserve to have the very best park facilities, and these projects will improve playgrounds and community centers in every council district citywide,” added KC Parks Board President Jack Holland. 

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