On Sunday morning, November 12th, 2011, Scott Burnett, Frank Messer and Randy Moore along with an eager band of surrogate volunteers* pulled away a curtain of honeysuckle revealing a dramatic backdrop in the theater that is Roanoke Park.
The best place to view this drama is from the crosswalk at 36th and Karnes. Look up, to the north, in the direction of Coleman Highlands, especially in the mid-morning light.
The curtain goes up on a cliff below Coleman Highlands, formerly hidden from view by invasive honeysuckle.
The *Surrogate Volunteers Program is designed for those who want to pitch in to help the Roanoke Park Conservancy as part of the volunteer work force but need, or want, to find another way to participate when they cannot put on the gloves on one of the work weekends.
While no one has more volunteer work hours in the park than Randy Moore, he leverages his own efforts with this surrogate program. He again did so by rounding up another $300 to sponsor "surrogate workers" who helped him "pull back the curtain" of honeysuckle this weekend.
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Work began at 8:00 am. We resumed where we left off last week along Karnes. Here Paul Pearce and Scott Burnett are aided by one of the sponsored workers in continuing to clear the area west of the previously “liberated” cottonwood. There’s a spring nearby that feeds a marsh that is frequented by a variety of birds.
This weekend, we are grateful for the generosity of Scott Burnett and Joan A. Riffel who teamed up to fund 4 fine workers for 6 hours, Jodi Brown showed up again for a mid-morning treat of fresh cut melon. Her son Addison along with Randy Moore and Paul Pearce were back. Miles set up the work supplies and he and Curt grilled brats for lunch.
And new folks from Valentine were there but I failed to get the names. Please identify yourselves.
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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 after its recent construction closure, but with limited access. Please click their link above and call for the latest info. Here are KCMO Parks Dept. COVID-19 Updates and 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.)