Click for a blowup gallery of the cleanup.
Coffee provided by Broadway Cafe and Roasting awaited volunteers before they headed into the park. Many bags of litter were picked up along the trails or playgrounds. We can't give you a count because the parks department was scooping them up as fast as we filled them. Thanks to Gary, Terry, and H! One of those spots was handled by Councilman Eric Bunch and his family!
Conservancy board member Bret Kassen put in double duty! He helped cleanups as a city employee the day before then brought his whole family out for the Roanoke Park cleanup. Video evidence: instagram.com/p/CcyiWGdpA8a/
Regarding the map in the blowup (click the top image): We didn't get the concrete, but the other trashy spots were cleaned up. (The concrete dump was noticed Feb. 13th. We don't know who did it. Same with the grafitti tag on the bluff rocks noticed May 12th. KCMO 311 requests have been put in on both issues.)
Charlie DeLong, son of volunteer park naturalist Chris DeLong, is undertaking the planting of hazelnut shrubs and pollinator friendly plants along the "old roadbed" between Karnes and the Coleman Highland Spring as his Eagle Scout project. His main work day for the planting of these shrubs was the afternoon of May 7th but we got started with a few of them on 4/22. The wildflowers went in Wednesday May 24. (It's actually an old rail bed. We found an 1877 map that shows the short lived K.C.M.&M. line going through there.)
A Missouri native plant, American Hazelnut, Corylus americana, was chosen for its suitablity to the site, wildlife value and beauty. Yes, the nuts are edible, although they are smaller than commercial hazelnuts and likely to be fewer in number. The plants for the sunnier east portion of the old roadbed slope include little bluestem, columbine, purple milkweed and sky blue aster. These were chosen to supply both larval food to early monarch butterflies heading north, and nectar to later monarch butterflies heading south.
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Enjoy the park, and stay safe. While Kansas City's mask mandate has been lifted, our area's vaccination rate and the emergence of new variants calls for maintaining caution to reduce transmission. Please enjoy the park responsibly by spreading out. The Westport-Roanoke Community Center is open again with normal hours after its recent construction closure. Please click their link above and call for the latest info. Here are the latest KCMO COVID-19 updates from the city. To avoid damaging trails, check Trail Status before biking or hiking off road. ("Rozarks" = Roanoke Park's 2.5 miles plus Rosedale's 3.5 miles.)