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

10/02/2013 9:19 AM

10/02/2013 9:19 AM

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.

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