The original Roanoke Park Master Plan was endorsed by KCMO Parks and Recreation on October 26, 2011. Now we are pleased to announce that the Roanoke Park Conservancy Board this month approved a document detailing progress thus far and adding a great deal of detail to the PLANS. This puts us even closer to achieving the goals of the Master Plan. Continue reading to see how you can get a copy of the Roanoke Park Master Plan Progress Report including an Ecological Restoration Master Plan.
The Master Plan is the guiding document used by the KCMO Parks Department and the Roanoke Park Conservancy Board in bringing new activities, amenities and capital improvements to the park. The new Progress Report includes capital accomplishments to date made possible by PIAC grants and private donations, projects already under contract, and future plans awaiting funding.
AND, the Progress Report includes an ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MASTER PLAN for all the Park's treasured woods. This restoration plan fleshes out goals contained in the 2011 Master Plan and envisions a ten-year restoration of the park's woods, glades and springs to the "bit of wilderness" described in 1907. The 28 page report is available for download from this website.
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Thank You for your interest in the continuing efforts to improve Roanoke Park. You can download the new Master Plan Progress Report and Ecological Restoration Plan at the link below. You can also read about and download the original 2011 Master Plan on the Master Plan Approved! article.
Around the time we were enjoying the Roanoke Park Picnic on October 23, word came of a significant private donation and matching contributions to establish a fund for a specific capital project benefitting Roanoke Park. The project is on a part of the park next to the Roanoke Neighborhood: the land adjacent Valentine Road, to the south of the Westport-Roanoke Community Center.
There are several people to thank for this. First the Roanoke Homes Association – especially Board Member Josh Sitzer whose guidance developed the idea for the RHA to take a lead position among the nearby neighborhoods. The RHA's generous $5,000 contribution to the park is the first really major cash commitment from an entire neighborhood, adding to the now over 2,000 man hours contributed from among all of the neighborhoods. And thanks to Matthew Hufft who provided a rendering of Pete Browne’s fine idea for an improvement that would be especially appealing to Roanoke’s residents. See below for a pdf of Hufft Projects concept for the installation of a landing at the top of stairs that will eventually provide another access into the park from the Roanoke neighborhood. And, Pete Browne was also the ringleader for obtaining the $5,000 matching donation, getting commitments from a few of his long time clients/friends that have been supportive of his civic work. They committed cash and Pete has committed his firm to help stretch the construction budget.
Click Read More for more information and a link to the design proposal.
The Roanoke Master Plan was officially approved by the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri on April 26, 2011.
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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.)