KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Metropolis’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners will hear a proposal to construct an leisure district for youth Tuesday.
Pat Clarke is the person behind the proposal. Clarke has basketball courts at Oak Park close to forty fourth and Benton the place indicators learn “Pat Clarke Park.”
“For those who go to different neighborhoods, they clearly have gotten far more. So it could be extra enjoyable, I feel it could be higher if we had much more down right here,” stated 17-year-old Carl Thompson as he performed basketball with pals Friday.
Teenagers within the metropolis usually flock to the Nation Membership Plaza or Independence Heart to hang around. Every has needed to institute both curfews or bans to attempt to cease the fights and different violence that generally follows them.
“There’s nothing to do on the Plaza however store. So if you’re down there and also you aren’t procuring, you might be hanging out, greater than seemingly inflicting bother,” DaNearle Clarke stated.
However only a couple miles east down Brush Creek sits a number of acres of Kansas Metropolis Parks Division land between Elmwood and Cleveland avenues. Clarke needs to lease the land and construct an leisure middle with a bowling alley, skating rink and skate park, arcade and amphitheater.
“Our children are drag racing up and down (Freeway) 71, driving donuts in the course of intersections, inflicting chaos, taking pictures individuals. This place will reduce into all of that. You give these children one thing to do, and also you lower crime,” Clarke stated.
He thinks in case you give the kids a spot they really feel needed and have one thing to do, they received’t trigger the identical sort of issues.
The middle would seemingly take $2 million or extra to construct, however he has a novel plan to pay for it.
“If the Plaza needs their a refund, give us some cash. If Independence (Heart) mall don’t need our children on the market, give us some cash. All of the locations the place our children will not be needed, we need to work with them,” Clarke stated.
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