Kansas City Mayor makes changes to avoid violence at Rock the Block event

Posted at 8:36 AM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 23:10:55-04

A night meant to curb teen violence in Kansas City ended with fights in 2015; this year the mayor’s office is working to prevent that.

The mayor’s Rock the Block party is now geared for younger children and preteens.

It’s also cut short compared to years past.  This year it will be at Union Station from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on August 13.

Representatives from the mayor’s office said it will have community activities like face painting, bounce houses and games.  This includes the Parks and Recreation Department ‘s Imagination Playground and an exhibit by the College Basketball Experience.

Several fights broke out in 2015 after the sun went down and the event was cut short.  Last year’s event had dancing and a disc jockey – it was marketed for teenagers.

There will still be dozens of officers on hand.




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