KC Parks and Rec http://kcur.org en Disparity In Kansas City Playground Distribution http://kcur.org/post/disparity-kansas-city-playground-distribution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The memories of our childhood playgrounds remain with many of us as adults. A recent <a href="http://activelivingresearch.org/files/ABM2013_Vaughan.pdf">study </a>of Kansas City's parkland revealed that low-income areas have fewer playgrounds in their parks than high-income areas. </span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:32:08 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 57022 at http://kcur.org Disparity In Kansas City Playground Distribution Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds http://kcur.org/post/low-income-neighborhoods-kansas-city-have-more-parks-fewer-playgrounds <p>Recently, Kansas State University researchers visited every park in Kansas City, Mo., to analyze the <a href="http://activelivingresearch.org/files/ABM2013_Vaughan.pdf">distribution of parks and park amenities throughout the city</a>.</p><p>They found low-income neighborhoods, including Kansas City's east side, have fewer playgrounds than high-income neighborhoods. That’s in spite of having a higher concentration of parkland in those same neighborhoods. Researchers studied 219 parks and about 12,000 acres of parkland.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:40:23 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Gina Kaufmann 56999 at http://kcur.org Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds Skateboarders Test-Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park http://kcur.org/post/skateboarders-test-ride-upgrades-penn-valley-skate-park <p>When Kansas City Parks and Recreation built Penn Valley's Skate Park in 2006, the $380,000 cost didn't cover everything on the plans. To many local skateboarders, the park was unfinished, and lacked what they call "flow." The city got back to it this year with $300,000 more in upgrades, and the park officially re-opens this afternoon (May 15, 2012). And the investment is already beginning to pay off.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 22:25:55 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 17656 at http://kcur.org Skateboarders Test-Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park Kansas City Losing Thousands Of Trees A Year http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-losing-thousands-trees-year <p>If you spent some time outside in the Brookside or Waldo area of town this weekend, chances are you saw people planting trees. &nbsp;They are trying to replace thousands of trees that are disappearing from our neighborhoods.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 23:45:40 +0000 Carrie Coogan 16936 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Losing Thousands Of Trees A Year