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Groundbreaking event May 27 for riverfront improvements

On May 27, at 10 a.m. officials from the City of Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City River Trails Inc., and the Port Authority of Kansas City will attend a groundbreaking event at River Bluff Park. Work on the downtown riverfront continues in preparation for the July 3-4 Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park.

Mayor Kay Barnes will speak at the event about this project’s importance as part of 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 and urban bicycle and pedestrian pathways that will be the hub of the many existing and planned pedestrian/bicycle trails.

In early May, work began at River Bluff Park to create a small park overlooking the West Bottoms and the Missouri and Kansas rivers along the Riverfront Heritage Trail route. This project will include the formation of an overlook park with brick pavers and landscaping, and construction of part of the Riverfront Heritage Trail, as well as street improvements to Beardsley Street. This project will extend the trail through River Bluff Park overlooking the river valley, and will accommodate a pedestrian bridge to the West Bottoms. The Capital Improvements Management Office has worked expeditiously to complete this project before the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.

To get to the groundbreaking event site from downtown: travel north on Broadway Street, veer right after the Interstate 70 bridge to Fourth Street, then make a left on Fourth Street to Beardsley Street.

For more information about the Capital Improvements Management Office, visit the office’s Web page (

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