Updates coming to MLK Jr. Square Park in Kansas City

Updates coming to MLK Jr. Square Park in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – KC Parks officials are asking the community to weigh in on new ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kansas City is one of the last major cities without a street named for the civil rights leader after voters overturned a decision to rename The Paseo to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Discussion is underway Tuesday about how to keep King’s legacy alive by transforming MLK Jr. Square Park.

The park on Swope Parkway and Woodland Avenue is a project on its own. Patrick Mahomes’ 15 and Mahomies Foundation is involved with making the changes at the park that Kansas Citians say are long overdue.

<a href=”https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-on-honoring-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-virtual-or-in-person-tickets-142245567321″ target=”_blank”>There is a separate conversation to find a new memorial or dedication somewhere else in the city. That discussion happens virtually on Thursday</a>.

<a href=”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebmNgTWdkJYAvPWBX8eDTTXYh0_KbmniIwZkamWEgp9n-zsA/viewform” target=”_blank”>The virtual conversation on Tuesday is specifically for feedback of the park</a>.

The proposed plan will add accessible playground equipment and artwork to educate kids and parents about Kanas City’s civil rights history.

The site was formerly called Brush Creek Park. Now-Congressman Emanuel Cleaver proposed a name change in 1976. Former KC Parks board member Jeremiah Cameron revisited the effort a year later and the park was renamed in 1978.