Kansas City, Missouri, Parks Board requests federal funding for fountains

Posted at 4:46 PM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 17:54:08-04

KANSA CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, is known for its fountains, and on Tuesday, the city will turn on the majority of its 48 fountains across the city.

To keep those fountains on for the rest of the summer, the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department Board of Commissioners has requested $6 million of the city's allotment of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

It's a request that has the recommendation of City Manager Brian Platt, but the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council must still sign off on the funding.

As part of the budgetary restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department budget only allocated enough money to operate seven of the city’s fountains.

The $6 million request would go toward fountain and aquatics operations.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in March, was a nearly $2 trillion piece of legislation aimed at alleviating the effects of the pandemic on the county.

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