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Sports
11:42 am
Tue April 29, 2014

New Sport Phenomenon 'FootGolf' Coming To Kansas City

FootGolf combines soccer with golf and is played on a traditional golf course.
Credit vanderlanos / Flickr--CC

A new sport is catching on across the United States, and soon you will be able to play in Kansas City. The sport will make its Missouri debut at the city-owned Heart of America Golf Academy at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.

FootGolf has been gaining popularity since its inception in Europe around 2008. According the the sport's Wikipedia page, the first ever FootGolf tournament was organized in the Netherlands in 2009.

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Central Standard
6:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

City Fountains At Risk

Credit WhiteRabbitArt / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Just as many fountains as Rome? Perhaps.  Whether Kansas City meets or falls short of these accolades the fountains, which began as a practical tool for keeping horses hydrated, have turned into a unique symbol of regional identity and pride.  But, these fountains are at risk.  With decreasing city parks budgets maintaining these iconic fountains has been difficult.  Currently, over half are in need of maintenance and a fourth are in critical condition.  Mark McHenry, director of the  Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department gives delivers the story of our city fountains and what's being done to help keep them running.

Environment
2:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 5 Places To Celebrate National Trails Day In Kansas City

Trails aren't only for hiking. Heather Prewitt and Grant Stolte hit the Indian Creek Trail on their bikes.
Credit Chris Prewitt / KCUR

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 National Trails Day

In celebration we put together this handy list of some of KC's best hiking trails:

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Costs To Fight Tree-Killing Beetle Pegged In Millions Of Dollars

Kansas City's forester Kevin Lapointe discusses effects and costs of Emerald Ash Borer disease.

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.

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Elections
12:21 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Voters Approve Kansas City Sales Tax And Sewer Bonds

City, Parks and Recreation leaders celebrated the election results at Union Station yesterday.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Parks, streets and sewers projects in Kansas City just got a major funding boost, as voters approved both city ballot measures yesterday.

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Environment
5:29 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Loose Park Dodges Rose Disease

Rose at Loose Park.
Scutter Flickr

A virus has been ravaging roses around the Kansas City area, according to a recent news report.  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. 

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