New turf for Police Athletic League: The Police Athletic League of Kansas City has installed new natural turf at its athletic facility at 1801 White Ave., and it will be dedicated May 1.
The upgrade partly financed by a $100,000 grant from the Kansas City Chiefs, the National Football League, the NFL Players Association and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, according to a news release.
The NFL Grassroots funding was matched by more than $500,000 from Police Athletic league donors, community leaders and businesses including Messenger Lawn and Landscape, Paul Davis Restoration, Curry Real Estate Company, Mark One Electric, United Heating and Cooling and ACME Fence.
“Our hope is that this will provide an opportunity for kids to learn the game of football and stay involved inproductive after school activities,” Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan said the release.
Before the renovation, the news release said, children couldn’t play on the field because of its poor condition. In some areas, rocks had to be removed by hand before the new turf could be installed.
The Police Athletic League is an effort of the Kansas City Police Department that offers young people the chance to interact with officers in a positive way through cultural, mentoring and sports programs. There’s a storng emphasis on academics.
For more information about the league, go to www.kcpal.org.
May 9 meeting on interchange: Construction could begin in the spring of 2015 on a new highway interchange at 211th Street and Interstate 49, along with improvements to 211th Street, School Road and Peculiar Drive.
The idea is to offer greater access to I-49 by relieving congestion at the Route C/J interchange, to provide a more direct route to the Raymore-Peculiar school campus and to foster economic growth. The project is estimated to cost about $12 million.
As part of the planning process, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the city will host a public open house May 9 to share plans and take comments.
The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shull Elementary School, 11706 E. 211th St. in Peculiar. No formal presentation will be made, but residents can drop in when they like and see the concepts for the interchange.
An online public meeting will be available at www.modot.org/
211thStreet.htm from May 9 to May 23.