The original Roanoke Park Master Plan was endorsed by KCMO Parks and Recreation on October 26, 2011. Now we are pleased to announce that the Roanoke Park Conservancy Board this month approved a document detailing progress thus far and adding a great deal of detail to the PLANS. This puts us even closer to achieving the goals of the Master Plan. Continue reading to see how you can get a copy of the Roanoke Park Master Plan Progress Report including an Ecological Restoration Master Plan.
The Master Plan is the guiding document used by the KCMO Parks Department and the Roanoke Park Consevancy Board in bringing new activities, amenities and life to the park. The new Progress Report includes capital accomplishments to date made possible by PIAC grants and private donations, projects already under contract, and future plans awaiting funding.
AND, the Progress Report includes an ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MASTER PLAN for all the Park's treasured woods. This restoration plan fleshes out goals contained in the 2011 Master Plan and envisions a ten-year, $1 Million+ restoration of the park's woods, glades and springs to the "bit of wilderness" described in 1907. The 28 page report is available upon request.
Roanoke Park is an important historical Kansas City asset. Its value is greatest to its closest residents. Time and neglect have taken a toll on our neighborhood park. The wooded ravines have lost important trees and the rugged cliffs have become hidden by invasive plants. The park's beauty has become marred. Comparing old photos with more recent ones confirms that the park is not as enticing as it once was.Even when Kansas City was not in such dire financial straits, city resources for the park have been sparse. Many neighborhood parks are being recognized for their value as neighborhood assets and sanctuaries of peacefulness in urban areas. This trend is sweeping the nation and the globe as neighborhood groups join together to support local parks that have suffered from urban decay and government neglect.Our efforts on behalf of Roanoke Park are a public/private partnership initiative to honor the history and plant the future of Roanoke Park. We do this for the betterment of our city, and especially the neighborhoods that share Roanoke Park.
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