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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 23, 2011

KCIR property to be transformed into a City park

Residents invited to planning meeting Dec. 15

The City of Kansas City, Mo., has completed the purchase of the Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) for $1.55 million. The 93-acre property, located at 82nd Street and Noland Road, will be transformed into a City park. The former owner of the property, NP3 Racing LLC, initially approached the City in January 2011 with an offer to sell. The two sides negotiated for about nine months until an agreement was reached and the deal was closed on Nov. 21, 2011. NP3 Racing LLC has until Jan. 31, 2011 to vacate the property.

The process of planning for the new park has already started. The City’s Park and Recreation Department staff has been meeting with other City departments to ensure coordination of efforts and resources in the area. Residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in a series of community engagement planning meetings, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, Room B109, located at 7600 Lee’s Summit Road, Kansas City, MO 64139.

“Not only will the residents of Little Blue Valley be impacted by the benefits of living near a City park,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mark L. McHenry. “They will also play a major role in the planning of the park. They have an opportunity to provide input on the development of the parkland and the amenities to be included in it.”

It is anticipated that the park will include both active and passive uses and standard park amenities such as shelters, playgrounds and ball fields. The parkland sits adjacent to a county park and will eventually serve as a trailhead with the extension of the Little Blue Trace trail, a partnership between the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Parks and Recreation.

Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend the Dec. 15 meeting may contact the City’s 311 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by email at actioncenter@kcmo.org.

For media inquiries or more information please contact Travis Kiefer, Parks and Recreation Department, at 816-513-7562.

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