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Five months after historic flooding, Parkville hosts annual festival

Posted at 9:54 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 23:40:45-04

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Five months after Parkville experienced record flooding, the city continues to clean up as it celebrates with its annual festival.

Historic flooding inundated downtown Parkville in March 2019. The city's baseball fields at English Landing Park flooded three times and remain closed.

But that didn't stop the city from kicking off the Parkville Days Festival on Friday.

Instead of taking place at its usual location at English Park Landing, the event has moved to Platte Landing Park.

"The three floods we've had in downtown Parkville have been pretty devastating to our parks, and to be able to have this and have everyone enjoy the festival is just great," Main Street Parkville Association Executive Director Kelly Putman said.

The first day of Parkville Days coincided with the first day a portion of Platte Landing Park reopened to the public.

English Park Landing remains closed. It could take months to clean up the piles of sand and dirt to get the park open again, according to city officials.

"It was sad," Alicia Hafley, who likes to visit the park with her son, said of English Landing Park's closing. "At least (the festival) is here. We can come over and enjoy it."

The Parkville Days Festival runs through Sunday, including the annual parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 63rd Street and Missouri 9.