KCUR News
11:41 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Country Club Plaza is Destination for Local Teenagers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Spring is here, and Kansas City teens are gathering--once again--in large numbers on the Country Club Plaza. The Kansas City Police Department was hoping to prevent what happened last April, when some 700 to 900 teens were involved in what was called a "flash mob." Fights broke out, patrons were intimidated and one teen was beaten up.

The police formulated a crowd control plan, city officials met with teenagers to brainstorm activities.

Fast forward to this April, when similar problems began developing. On a recent Saturday night, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson was out on the Plaza, asking some of the teenagers why it's such a draw.

She also checked in with City Councilwoman Cindy Circo and Mark Bowland, of Kansas City Parks And Recreation, to find out what new approaches to teen recreation have been planned since last summer.

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