KC Parks plans to sell parcels of park land, including all of Belvidere Park

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Published on May 16, 2019 - Duration: 02:18s

KC Parks plans to sell parcels of park land, including all of Belvidere Park

Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners voted to sell a parcel of land just north of Lykin Square Park, a sliver of land for Van Brunt Park, a large section of Hodge Park, and all of Belvidere Park.

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KC Parks plans to sell parcels of park land, including all of Belvidere Park

TO SELL OFF SOME OF ITS12-THOUSAND ACRES OFLAND.IT WOULD IMPACT FOURDIFFERENT PARKS -- MOSTOF THEM ARE SOUTH OFTHE RIVER.THE DEPARTMENT HOPESTO SELL PARTS OF VANBRUNT, LYKINSSQUARE PARK, HODGEPARK -- WHICH IS IN THENORTHLAND....AND ALL OF BELVIDEREPARK.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER NICK STARLINGJOINS US LIVE.NICK-WHY DOES THEDEPARTMENT WANT TO DOTHIS?IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARENOT REALLY BEINGUSED--WE ARE LIVE HEREAT BELVIDERE PARK WHEREPARKS AND REC WANT THISTO BE SOLD--BECAUSE NOONE REALLY USESIT--THERE'S anABANDONOED HOUSINGCOMPLEX THERE--AND SOTHE DEPARTMENTBELIEVES THERE could be aBETTER USE FOR THISLAND.Melinda Wolf-resident, livesnear Lykins.18:43:24There's no better way to go tosleep than hearing little kidsplaying outside in the park.MELINDA WOLF RELISHESTHE FACT SHE LIVES INLYKINS SQUAREPARK"BUT THERE"STHIS LITTLE BLEMISH--18:43:45 Melinda Wolf-resident, lives near Lykins.They need to do somethingwith it because it's being usedfor dumping and it's getting alittle unsightly.THESE STAIRS JUST NORTHOF THE PARK LEADINGTO---GRASS---AND WEEDS.18:44:24 Melinda Wolf-resident, lives near Lykins.I thought maybe they wouldturn it into a community gardenor something.DECADES HAVE GONEBY"AND NOTHING.KCMO"S PARKS ANDREC DEPARTMENTDIRECTOR TERRY RYNARDSEES THAT TOO AND WANTTO SELL THIS LAND.17:30:58 Terry Rynard-Dir.KCMO Parks and Rec.there's an opportunity forhopefully someone to purchaseit, maybe put some housing onit that would be extra eyes andears on the park.THIS PLOT OF LAND ALONGWITH PARTS OF VAN BRUNTPARK ON THE CITY"SEAST SIDE-- HODGE PARK INTHE NORTHLAND AND ALLOF BELVIDERE PARK "ATOTAL OF NEARLY 56ACRES--THEY WANT TOSELL.17:33:11 Terry Rynard-Dir.We have a lot of park acreagefor this population it's notexactly where we need it.IN THE CASE OF BELVIDEREPARK RYNARD SAYS ITSRARELY USED TAKING UPRESOURCES"AND IT"SSITUATED IN AN AWKWARDPLACE.17:29:31 Terry Rynard-Dir.There's not good safepedestrian access, we thinkthere's an opportunity inconjunction with the Federalproperty that's right next doorseeing if someone can come inand do a large projectcombining both of those piecesof land.IF APPROVED"PARKS ANDREC WANTS TO GETCOMMUNITY INPUT ONWHAT SHOULD TAKE ITSPLACE.18:44;33 Melinda Wolf-resident, lives near Lykins.I think a community centerwould be great.

I think thatwould be the best use of it.SO THIS PROPOSED PLANWILL GO IN FRONT OF CITYCOUNCIL--AND ONCE THEYAPPROVE IT VOTERS WILLHAVE A SAY AND IT WILL BEMOST LIKELY ON ANOVEMBER BALLOT.REPORTING LIVENICK STARLING41 ACTION NEWS.FORD IS RECALLING

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