KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Neighborhood organizers are hoping a proposal for an leisure district in Kansas Metropolis’s east aspect will assist give residents a brand new sense of belonging.
Pat Clark introduced the proposal, referred to as the Oak Park Leisure District close to Emanual Cleaver II Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue, on Tuesday to town’s Parks and Recreation Division Board.
His purpose is to offer youngsters one thing to do in their very own neighborhood.
“Perhaps if we create a spot to go throughout the place they arrive from, we will work on longevity,” Clarke stated.
The parks division already owns the land, which butts as much as the Oak Park Southeast and Winery neighborhoods.
Architectural design agency The Olsson Studio created the renderings displaying concepts for an out of doors pavilion, indoor and out of doors swimming pools, a recreation garden, lecture rooms and assembly areas, bowling, skating, zip lining, trails and extra.
The world might be fenced off and other people will solely be capable to entry it from the entrance entrance.
Clarke advised the board that when youngsters have entry to optimistic retailers in their very own neighborhoods, you may see much less violence.
The mission would additionally make approach for job alternatives.
“Want it could have occurred after I was a child, however it’s for the youngsters that want it now probably the most,” Pat Clark’s son, Danearle “Chiefy” Clarke, stated Tuesday.
Chiefy says rising up within the interior metropolis meant there wasn’t a lot for he and his buddies to do outdoors of taking part in sports activities. He stated he no less than had basketball however some youngsters do not play sports activities.
“We frolicked on the Plaza,” Mainly stated. “There wasn’t something to do down there however go to the films. Simply a whole lot of individuals hanging out and that is all that is doing is inflicting ruckus.”
Chiefy stated when his good friend went to different parks, they had been in awe of the facilities that had been absent of their neighborhoods.
“We used to typically go play out in Johnson County to go play basketball and seeing these completely different parks and the issues that they had of their parks, we’d die for, actually,” Chiefy stated.
Clarke is engaged on funding now. The leisure district might value $25 million.
Clarke identified that out of the 56 homicides in KCMO thus far in 2021, most of them are younger, black males.
“We’re spending loads of time placing these youngsters within the floor or placing these youngsters in jail than we are attempting to avoid wasting their lives, so $24 million, I am certain we will exit and get it,” Clarke stated.
The Parks and Rec board commissioners welcomed Clarke’s concepts and indicated they help it, however they’re unsure how a lot they might chip in.
“Individuals need to have the ability to keep of their neighborhoods, to be entertained, to do the issues they need to do,” board commissioner Scott Wagner stated. “It is a nice look and hopefully one thing that may truly occur.”
Clarke says his concept, years within the making, is an answer to assist flip the group round, to go from violence, to stability.
“We can’t have this downside 20, 30 years from now,” Clarke stated. “Our youngsters will not begin disappearing as a result of one other child took their life.”
The mission is within the preliminary phases and Clarke hopes to satisfy with Parks and Rec once more quickly.