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9:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

The Story Behind The Giant Fiberglass Penguin At Kansas City's Penguin Park

The penguin at Penguin Park is made out of fiberglass, stands 25 feet tall and is almost 50 years old.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Driving around Kansas City’s Northland on Vivion Road, it’s kind of hard to miss Penguin Park. It has a way of sticking out – there’s a giant penguin standing in the center of it. But why is the penguin there? And where did it come from? 

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Disparity In Kansas City Playground Distribution

Children prefer playgrounds with more than two colors.
Credit Listener42 / https://flic.kr/p/662EaZ

The memories of our childhood playgrounds remain with many of us as adults. A recent study of Kansas City's parkland revealed that low-income areas have fewer playgrounds in their parks than high-income areas.

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Central Standard
8:40 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds

Dion Hardiman goes five miles from home to take his daughters to Loose Park, because they love the high slides and sand pit.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Recently, Kansas State University researchers visited every park in Kansas City, Mo., to analyze the distribution of parks and park amenities throughout the city.

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.

Green space in low-income areas

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5:25 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Skateboarders Test-Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park

Nick Soper skates the bowl, which was already part of the park.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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.  

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Urban Landscape
6:45 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Kansas City Losing Thousands Of Trees A Year

New tree in Oak Meyer Gardens Neighborhood
Carrie Coogan KCUR

If you spent some time outside in the Brookside or Waldo area of town this weekend, chances are you saw people planting trees.  They are trying to replace thousands of trees that are disappearing from our neighborhoods.

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