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    Berkley Riverfront Park

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    Located in the River District is the 17 acre Berkley Riverfront Park. The park stretches along the Missouri River from the Kit Bond Bridge and Heart of America Bridge. The park is nice for jogging and there are picnic tables for lunch if you like.

    The park was once a landfill for construction debris before it was changed into a park and opened to the public in 1999. The park is named after Richard L. Berkley. He was mayor of Kansas City from 1979 too 1991.

    The park hosts many events during the year as well such as a Craft Beer Festival and RiverFest for Independence Day.

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    Farmer's Market at the City Market

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    Everyday there is a farmer's market in the River District at the City Market. The market is open rain or shine and offers produce locally grown. Everything is very fresh. There is also several restaurants among the vegetable stalls. This is a great place to go for fresh vegetables and fruit.

    Hours:

    Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Tuesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Saturday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Sunday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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    Mill Creek Park

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    This park is located in the Plaza District. I is a long narrow park along side the J.C. Nichols Parkway and is nearly 12 acres in size, There are tennis courts, and walking/running paths throughout the park and a fountain on the south end. The Plaza District has quite a few restaurants and this park is a great place to visit after dinner for a nice walk.

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    Kansas City B Cycle

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    Kansas City has a bike rental program which is convenient with 20 locations focusing on the Downtown, Westport and Plaza Districts. Each station has a map to help direct you through the city or to the next station. It's nice to see this program in Kansas City. Their website has an interactive map to find the nearest location.

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    The Scout Monument

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    The Scout Monument was originally cast for the the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Fransisco by Cyrus E. Dallin in 1921. The bronze statue shows a Sioux Indian scout overlooking the city. The sculpture was not meant to have Kansas City as it's final home. It had made a stop in Kansas City for people to see. The story is that the people loved it so much, they raised $15,000 to buy the statue after the exposition.

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    Don't forget your Skateboard

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    Within Penn Valley Park I came across a skateboard park. I was surprised to find this and it is a nicely constructed park. When I was younger, I enjoyed skateboarding very much. I wish we had something like this where I grew up. The skate park is out of the way a bit. I only came across it as I was looking for the sculpture that was recently added to the park.

    One thing I noticed is if you are injured and alone, it may be some time before someone finds you. the park is on a dead end road and I didn't see any type of emergency phone system near the park.

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    Just Off Broadway Theater

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    I don't normally seek out theaters but I came across this one while driving by and I thought is was the ruins of an old building, which it is in a way. The building is in Penn Valley Park. As I approached the shell of the building, I can see a modern building set back and inside the shell. Inside these walls is the "Just Off Broadway Theater." But I was not sure why the ruins of an old limestone building was set around it.

    So further research reveals that this limestone shell was once a building that Operations Building for the Kansas City Park's Department and was built in 1910. Over 80 years this building was home to the offices of the Park's Department and the barn for the Kansas City Mounted Police. In 1991 the building burned down and the limestone walls is what remained.

    Soon after that the Park's Director had the idea of converting the building (remains) into a theater. After fundraising and insurance money from the fire, the Just Off Broadway Theater was built and opened in 2000.

    It's a small theater and seems to be an interesting place to watch shows of local artist.

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    Penn Valley Dog Park

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    I was surprised at the size of this off-the-leash dog park in Penn Valley Park. It's great to give the dogs an opportunity to run and play, especially in the city. So if you are visiting Kansas City with your dog, this is a great place to stop by. The park is 5.5 acres and there is also another small enclosure for small dogs.

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    The Hiker

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    When I saw this statue I had no idea it actually has a name because the plaque does not state it. But after doing a little research, I was surprised to find the name "The Hiker" It is marked on google maps as such but has nothing really to do with the outdoors (relating to hiking on a trail for example).

    The statue is a memorial dedicated to the veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and the China Relief Expedition. This seldom recognized war occurred from February 15th, 1898, to July 4th, 1902.

    The soldiers who fought in this war had the nickname Hiker. The statue was sculpted by Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson and is was one of several Hiker statues she did, which are placed throughout the United States.

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    Pioneer Mother Memorial

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    Located near the Liberty Memorial in Penn Valley Park, is a bronze statue commemorating the Pioneer Mother. This statue is near the Santa Fe Trail. The Santa Fe Trail started in Old Franklin, Missouri passed through Kansas City and eventually ended in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The trail started in 1821.

    The sculpture weighs in at 16,000 lbs. and was designed by A. (Alexander) Phimister Proctor. It was it was dedicated in November 1927. It sits atop a pink granite pedestal and concrete base. On each side of the base is one of the following inscriptions:

    "Whither thou goest I will go"

    "Where Thou lodgest I will Lodge"

    "Thy people shall be my people"

    "And thy God my God"

    There is also a plaque on the front that reads:
    "Presented to the people of Kansas City by Howard Vanderslice: To commemoratethe Pioneer Mother who with unfaltering trust in God suffered the hardship of the unknown west to prepare for us a homeland of peace and plenty”

    There is a paved pathway leading through some tree to memorial. This was one of my favorites in Kansas City.

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    The Great Frieze at the Liberty Memorial

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    Located on the north wall below the Liberty Memorial tower is a carved frieze. It is 488 feet long and 48 feet tall. The carving shows the progression of mankind from war to peace. I found it to be very impressive. It is worth taking the time to walk down from the tower to the north lawn and check this out.

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    Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    I have to say this was my favorite church to see on my visit just based on the architecture. It is not really an old church but the architecture is beautiful and so is the stained glass windows. This church was near where I was having breakfast early one morning so they were closed at the time I was there. I understand it is quite beautiful inside as well and very popular for local weddings.

    Weekend Schedule:
    Saturday - Confessions 3:30 pm, Mass 4:00 pm
    Sunday - Masses 8:00 & 11:00 am
    Weekdays:
    Confession 11:45 am, Mass 12 Noon

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    Country Club Christian Church

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    I came across this church when driving to dinner one evening. At night, the lighting of this church is very impressive. I wish I would have captured a picture but it is on Ward Parkway and very difficult to stop. I returned the next day to take some photos. It is very interesting and I love the architecture. The stained class windows are also stunning.

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    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    The congregation was established in 1833 in a church made out of logs. A brick church replaced this in 1852 by Reverend Bernard Donnelly. In 1882 Bishop John Joseph Hogan laid the corner stone of the current church. The original dome was made of copper. The dome was replaced 1960 with what is seen today. It is made of 23 Carat gold leaf. It looks very impressive, especially when it is sunny out. Even when it is overcast, the church dome appears to glow.

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    The Folly Theater

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 12, 2015

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    This historic theater opened by the name The Standard Theater in 1900. It originally featured burlesque and vaudeville shows. Famous acts performed here during that time like Al Jolsen. The theater went through a series of name changes of the years. It was finally called the Folly in 1941.

    As many things changed in the 1960's, the Folly switched to showing Adult films for a short period of time. The owners at that sold to a group of historic preservation activists in 1974 and the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Folly is now home to The Performing Arts Foundation of Kansas City and is active in preserving the historic arts of Kansas City.

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