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City Breaks Ground on Independence Plaza Park Upgrades

KANSAS CITY, MO — A transformative project will soon bring new life to a park in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast neighborhood. City leaders recently broke ground on upgrades to Independence Plaza Park — part of several improvements being funded by a $30-million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Park upgrades will include:

  • A new universally-accessible playground for children regardless of their degree of mobility
  • An active gathering/programmable space for families
  • A futsal court and walking trail on the south side
  • Fencing, LED lighting enhancements, and signage improvements for both the north and south side of the park

Independence Plaza Park improvements are just one project among many planned through this grant, awarded to the Housing Authority of Kansas City and the City of Kansas City in 2016. The purpose of the five-year grant is to replace the Chouteau Courts public housing site and to support the revitalization of Pendleton Heights and portions of the Paseo West and Independence Plaza neighborhoods, known collectively as the Paseo Gateway.

The $30-million grant from HUD through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program has leveraged the programs and investments of nearly 30 community partners to support the revitalization of the targeted Paseo Gateway area.

“Community members helped the design evolve into a space that this neighborhood not only appreciates, but uses, nurtures, and protects,” said City Planning and Development Director Jeffrey Williams.

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Other planned improvements include storefront façade upgrades, a Samuel Rodgers Healthy Living Campus, infrastructure improvements along East 8th Street and Woodland Avenue, and more.

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