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About KC Parks

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To improve the quality of life, health and wellness of our community by providing socially equitable, community-driven programming and environmentally sound natural resource management.

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Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation provides facilities, programs and recreational opportunities for the community that contribute to an aesthetically pleasing environment and enhanced quality of life. The department maintains 220 parks, 12,242 acres of parkland, 158 miles of trails and bikeways, 29 lakes, hundreds of athletic fields and tennis courts, 103 playgrounds, and five public golf courses.  Miles of scenic boulevards and parkways crisscross the city, where 48 fountains and 119 monuments and sculptures surprise and delight. Ten community centers, along with seven museums, provide the setting for socially equitable and community-driven programming.

For a listing of all KC Parks amenities, download our Reference Book.

The Parks and Recreation department is governed by a volunteer five-member Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor (one position is currently vacant). The Board of Parks and Recreation holds public meetings every other Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Department headquarters, 4600 E. 63rd St. All meetings start at 2 p.m. and are open to the public.

The Parks Department staff leadership consists of a Director and Deputy Director who oversee the day-to-day administrative operations of the department division. Divisions include Natural Resources, Community Services, Financial & Procurement Services, Marketing & Special Events, and Planning & Design Services. To reach the Board, please contact Board Secretary Karmen Houston at 816-513-7503 or karmen.houston@kcmo.org.

View our Board of Parks and Recreation Commission Meetings

CAPRAA Nationally Accredited Agency
KC Parks received re-accreditation in October 2014 as one of only 136 agencies in the country to have received national recognition from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).  This distinguished accomplishment was announced in Washington,DC at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2009 Legislative Forum. The department received its first accreditation in 1999 and has continuously maintained its status as an accredited agency.

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Kansas City, Missouri has held the designation Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1988. To become a Tree City USA community, a city must meet four standards: have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Tree City USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit, environmental educational organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.  A city must meet four standards to become a Tree City USA community: have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.