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Dedication event May 4 for riverfront improvements

Officials from the National Parks Service, the Kemper Foundation, the Kansas City River Trails Inc., and the City of Kansas City, Mo., will attend a dedication event May 4, at 11:30 a.m. at River Bluff Park.

Mayor Kay Barnes will highlight this project’s significance to the Riverfront Heritage Trail and the City’s progress in completing capital improvement projects to enhance Kansas City’s livability. The trail is a 10-mile, bi-state system of riverfront, urban, bicycle and pedestrian pathways that will be the hub of the many existing and planned pedestrian/bicycle trails.

River Bluff Park overlooks the West Bottoms and the Missouri and Kansas rivers along the Riverfront Heritage Trail route. The many amenities include a scenic overlook with brick pavers and landscaping, a public art component that honors the Lewis and Clark Expedition, as well as street improvements to Beardsley Street. The park will serve as the site of many upcoming events, including this summer’s Freedom Walk over the 4th of July weekend. The walk will raise funds for family members serving in the armed services.

To get to the groundbreaking event site from downtown: travel north on Broadway Street, veer right after the Interstate 70 bridge as if entering the River Market, and then go left on 4th Street to Beardsley Street. Parking for the event will be along Beardsley Street.

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