Click for a facebook gallery showing these and many other plants being planted in YOUR Roanoke Park!
Help plant wildflowers and other plants in the Coleman Spring area in Roanoke Park. (Including three species of milkweed.) Work alongside volunteers from Black & Veatch! We'll have 670 native plants purchased with funds from a Missouri Department of Conservation grant and generous donors.
This is a big milestone in the plan to improve the Coleman Highlands Spring. This winter KCMO Parks dug the frog pond and placed the stone (donated by Kissick Construction) and built the berm. New grass is currently growing on the berm thanks to parks dept. smoothing and seeding. See this Coleman Spring article for the full story. Get involved and be a part of it!
Roanoke Park Conservancy
The beautiful Greenablily Magazine has a decidedly Roanoke Park focus in the January/February issue. The cover image features a LEED model home design by park neighbors and fans Hufft Projects, part of a project by the Make it Right Foundation to revitalize the midtown Manheim neighborhood with energy efficient reinvestment.
And Roanoke Park's ongoing rebirth is featured in a beautifully designed six-page article featuring the process, plans and people working together to make a better Roanoke Park!
Greenability (www.greenabilitymagazine.com) is a subscription magazine and can be found at 220 locations around town. But thanks to John and Kerry, this issue will be available for purchase at our neighborhood Browne's Irish Marketplace!
The January/February issue is in mailboxes, on shelves and online now! Discover LEED model homes slated for the Manheim neighborhood, the community-wide effort to reclaim the historic Roanoke Park & dramatic energy-efficiency improvements at two Kansas City homes.
Parks Department personnel inspect the spring area in 2012.Have you seen the Coleman Highlands Spring? Before park cleanup efforts were begun in 2010 you would have had to crouch and duck under tangles of shrub honeysuckle and wild grape vines to discover the source of water coming down the hill north of Karnes, south of the Coleman Highlands neighborhood. Park cleanup efforts and the construction of the Bindle Byway Trail have made it much more accessible. Today arguably the park's most peaceful park bench sits just off the trail, within view of the spring source.
But the potential for an even higher quality park amenity was still unrealized. Despite lots of shrub honeysuckle plants having been removed, a great many remained. And by and large the ground was covered with a carpet of non-native invasive wintercreeper.
Discussions between the Parks department, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Roanoke Park volunteers began in 2012 to imagine realizing the potential of the area by replacing the non-native plants with natives and making the spring and the pool at the bottom of the hill more accessible.
Our champion persimmon tree. Biggest in the metro area.Another unique element in the area was discovered as part of the 2012 Tree Inventory. What has been verified by Powell Gardens as the largest native Persimmon tree in the metro area sits right next to the little watercourse of spring water.
Discussions continued but the plans remained rather ill defined until...
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