Everyone should applaud plans to jazz up Barney Allis Plaza so it will attract more people who live downtown.
LiveKC, a privately funded group managed by Sporting Club, wants to create “The Backyard” in the park at the 12th and Wyandotte streets. It includes major employers in the area, sponsoring food trucks, art, a beer garden, sports programs and music events to get more people to the park, The Kansas City Star reports. The official preview begins with a happy hour at 5 p.m. June 5.
That also happens to be First Friday so getting crowds of people to enjoy The Backyard at Barney Allis Plaza won’t be difficult. Downtown is filled with people from throughout the Kansas City area on First Fridays. Just for fun, a temporary skateboard ramp should be set up so that young people can show off their skills.
But efforts to boost the appeal of Kansas City parks shouldn’t stop at Barney Allis Plaza. Other downtown area parks that could benefit from new attractions include Case Park at 10th and Jefferson streets, Washington Square Park at Pershing Road and Grand Boulevard and Penn Valley at West 28th and Wyandotte streets.
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