Park gets Storybook Trail, and other community notes

06/09/2014 10:02 AM

06/09/2014 10:02 AM

Storybook Trail at Oak Grove Park

Oak Grove Park will be the home of a giant Storybook Trail again this summer when pages from two popular children’s books are posted along the trail.

The first book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, will be featured June 22-28. Storybook hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

A second book, “Dinosaurumpus” by Tony Mitton, will be posted on the trail July 20-26.

In addition, an outdoor story time with a children’s librarian will be held at the large shelter at Oak Grove Park at 10:30 a.m. June 26 and July 24.

Storybook Trail is designed to promote reading and a healthy outdoor experience. Sponsors of the event are the city of Gladstone, Mid-Continent Public Library, the Clay County Health Department and North Kansas City School District.

New trail in Liberty

The city of Liberty opened its new Southview Trail last week at the trailhead at Ruth Ewing Road and Southview Drive. Mayor Lyndell Brenton presided over the ribbon-cutting.

The trail, a former section of Southview Drive that runs parallel to Missouri 291 on the south side of town, will be the longest unbroken segment in Liberty’s trail system and adjoins Cates Creek Greenway Trail.

Liberty inherited Southview Road from the Missouri Department of Transportation earlier this year and had to decide whether to fund the maintenance of the one-mile section or close the road. A partnership between the city’s parks and recreation department and the planning and public works departments resulted in this first road-to-trail project, which saved the city nearly $1 million in new trail construction costs.

“It’s been a very low-cost project, which is one of the great things about it. We’ve been able to basically put an old road into use as a trail with very little cost,” said Chris Wilson, Liberty’s parks and open space manager. “I call it a mile-long playground. I think that’s what it’s going to be used for. Parents are going to be able to come out there with kids on bikes and parents can walk or ride bikes alongside the kids. They can just meander up and down that mile-long, super-wide trail. It’s just going to be a great opportunity for the people of Liberty and I think it’s going to become a very popular spot once people discover it.”

Charities receive grants

Liberty’s Meals on Wheels was one of 14 non-profits to receive grants from the Nearly New Shop in Kansas City, North, in May.

Liberty Meals on Wheels will use the $1,500 grant to help provide daily, nutritious meals to home-bound citizens in Liberty.

In total, 14 non-profits received grants from the Nearly New Shop. Other grants went to Clay County Clothes Closet, Collaboration Works, In As Much Ministry, Maple Valley PTO, Northland Assistance Center, Northland Meals on Wheels, Northland Symphony Orchestra, Platte Senior Services Inc., Shepherd’s Center of the Northland, Avondale United Methodist Church, Back Pack Shepherds and Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center.

“Our purpose is to just serve the Northland and to give of all our proceeds to Northland charities which are in Clay and Platte counties,” said Marvalee Mansell, manager of the Nearly New Shop.

Since 1988, Nearly New has donated more than $1 million to Northland charities. It is at 4710 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.

“In addition to the monetary grants we give, we also donate items to organizations for their use. We welcome donations and volunteers,” said Mansell.

For information on Nearly New, call 816-453-3063. For information on Liberty’s Meals on Wheels, call 816-439-4398.

Mud volleyball

The annual Mud Mania volleyball fundraiser for Youth With Vision is June 28 at Smithville Lake.

The event raises funds for Youth With Vision, which advocates substance abuse prevention among teenagers and their families in Clay, Platte and Ray counties.

According to prevention professionals, one in five Northland youth will drink by age 12.

Mud Mania will be held June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kelsey Short Area No. 4 at Smithville Lake.

Advance registration is $10. Same-day registration is $15. Teams of six to nine male, female or coed players will compete. All ages are welcome. YWV also welcomes court sponsorships for $150 to $1,000.

For information or to download a registration form, visit or contact Reshana Peterson, the YWV coordinator at Tri-County Mental Health Services Prevention Services, at 816-877-0496 or at

Avondale makes mats

More than 100 members of Avondale United Methodist Church participated in a day of service as part of the yearlong 100th anniversary celebration of the church.

In preparation for the service day, members saved plastic grocery bags, which were cut and tied by the youth and then rolled into large balls of plastic yarn. Women of the church crocheted the that into 6-foot plastic mats. With the help of Operation Uplift, the mats were given to homeless people in North Kansas City.

Taste of Liberty

Taste of Liberty is June 14 in historic downtown Liberty. The event, from 5 to 8 p.m., will spotlight local restaurants that will offer samples of their specialties.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 3-10. Tickets can be purchased at the Liberty’s Farmer’s Market on the Liberty Square; Quotations, 17 N. Water; and Four Corners Framed Art, 112 W. Franklin. Only 400 tickets will be sold.

An outdoor concert by Four Fried Chickens and a Coke will begin at 7 p.m. at the corner of Water and Kansas streets in Liberty.

Seniors’ farm day

Platte County seniors are invited to attend a summer event Tuesday at the Weston Red Barn Farm in Weston

The party is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Western apparel is encouraged. Activities include bingo, country line dancing, ring toss, and a walking tour of the farm. Hayrides are $3. Platte Valley Bank will sponsor a free lunch. Lunch reservations are requested by calling 816-270-4100 by June 13.

The event is sponsored by Platte Senior Services Inc. and is open to all senior citizens, whether or not they attend one of the three Platte County senior centers.

For more information on PSSI or the Platte County senior centers call 816-270-4100.

The Red Barn Farm is at 16300 Wilkerson Road, just outside Weston. Limited free transportation is available on a first-come-first-served basis and may be arranged by calling 816-270-4100.

| Norma King, Special to The Star


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