Kansas City Parks Department http://kcur.org en City Fountains At Risk http://kcur.org/post/city-fountains-risk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just as many fountains as Rome? Perhaps. &nbsp;Whether Kansas City meets or falls short of these accolades the fountains, which&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">began as a&nbsp;practical&nbsp;tool for keeping horses hydrated, have turned into a unique symbol of regional identity&nbsp;and pride. &nbsp;But, these fountains are at risk. &nbsp;With decreasing city parks budgets maintaining these iconic fountains has been difficult. &nbsp;Currently, over half are in need of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">maintenance&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and a fourth are in critical condition. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark McHenry, director of the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department gives delivers the story of our city fountains and what's being done to help keep them running.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 38278 at http://kcur.org City Fountains At Risk Top 5 Places To Celebrate National Trails Day In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/top-5-places-celebrate-national-trails-day-kansas-city <p>The Kansas City area has had its fair share of rain and clouds these last few weeks, but blue skies and sun are on the way just in time for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marc.org/metrogreen/Get_Involved/trailsday.aspx" target="_blank">National Trails Day</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In celebration we put together this handy list of some of KC's best hiking trails:</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 19:24:33 +0000 Chris Prewitt 37707 at http://kcur.org Top 5 Places To Celebrate National Trails Day In Kansas City Costs To Fight Tree-Killing Beetle Pegged In Millions Of Dollars http://kcur.org/post/costs-fight-tree-killing-beetle-pegged-millions-dollars <p>It is likely to cost $6.5 million over the next five years if Kansas City decides to fight the spreading disease that kills certain shade trees. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:45:03 +0000 Dan Verbeck 28797 at http://kcur.org Costs To Fight Tree-Killing Beetle Pegged In Millions Of Dollars Voters Approve Kansas City Sales Tax And Sewer Bonds http://kcur.org/post/voters-approve-kansas-city-sales-tax-and-sewer-bonds <p>Parks, streets and sewers projects in Kansas City just got a major funding boost, as voters approved both city ballot measures yesterday. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 05:21:25 +0000 Elana Gordon 22385 at http://kcur.org Voters Approve Kansas City Sales Tax And Sewer Bonds Loose Park Dodges Rose Disease http://kcur.org/post/loose-park-dodges-rose-disease <p>A virus has been <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/03/3644501/rose-disease-spreads-through-area.html">ravaging roses </a>around the Kansas City area, according to a recent news report.&nbsp; The disease, rose rosette, has been around for decades but has become more of a problem lately, agriculture officials in Johnson and Jackson recently told the Kansas City Star.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:29:54 +0000 Elana Gordon 19032 at http://kcur.org Loose Park Dodges Rose Disease