816 North Opinion

The Northland has plenty to pick from when you want to step in from the great outdoors

Updated: 2013-10-02T14:19:48Z

By RICHARD ESPINOZA

The Kansas City Star

One of the great things about living in the Kansas City area is the wide variety of activities we always have to pick from.

I play outside whenever I can, but if it’s lousy out or I want to swim regardless of the weather, I love our community centers. This week in 816 North, a story about metro-area community centers by Roxie Hammill introduced me to some I haven’t visited yet. I can ice skate at Line Creek, climb a rock wall in North Kansas City or swim long laps in Gladstone. The taxpayer-funded community centers also offer places to work out, and I’ve wondered sometimes how that sits with the people who operate private gyms. Roxie asked them.

If a glass of flavorful beer sounds more appealing than exercise, look at the 816 North business section, where Cityscape columnist Joyce Smith introduces us to a new Northland microbrewery.

Elsewhere in this week’s 816 North, Jill Sederstrom talks to the developer who wants to build a new neighborhood near I-435 and Missouri 45 and the people who oppose him. And Glenn Rice reports that a judge won’t keep voters from deciding on a proposal to restructure Clay County’s government, despite a lawsuit from current government officials who think it’s illegal.

Is there an important institution or new business you’d like us to turn an eye to? Drop me a note at respinoza@kcstar.com.

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