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KC Parks releases preliminary plans for Martin Luther King, Jr. Square Park update

Department asks for community feedback
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Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 14:12:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department released preliminary plans for Martin Luther King, Jr. Square Park Wednesday.

KC Parks released a new rendering and other ideas it has for the park online and asked for community feedback.

The proposed park plans include separate play areas for younger children, ages 2 to 5, and older children, ages 5 to 12.

The park could also include an embankment play area with a large slide and mountaineering rope, as well as a shelter and a large turf lawn, the plans show.

Inspiration columns are also on the board for the park, which seeks to honor local Civil Rights leaders.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is backing the project through his foundation, 15 and the Mahomies.

The foundation emphasized its desire for the park to become an inclusive play site, and the plans released Wednesday appear to reflect that with touches such as an "accessible whirl" play element and sensory panels.

15 and the Mahomies is also selling legacy bricks to be laid at the park. They can be inscribed with messages from the purchaser and will support the park's renovation.

The plans show the bricks will be laid between the turf lawn and play areas.