For the 26th year in a row, the City of Parkville was named a Tree City USA in 2016 by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Parkville is one of only 15 communities in Missouri that has been named as Tree City USA for 26 years or more.
The City will host a public Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at the large dog park in Platte Landing Park. The event will include a proclamation from Mayor Nan Johnston celebrating “Arbor Day in Parkville” to mark the 26th year that Parkville has been named a Tree City USA. Bring your dogs to the park and help us celebrate Arbor Day.
Mayor Johnston stated, “It is an honor to serve for a community that places such high regard on the importance of trees and parks. We join the Arbor Day Foundation in celebrating this special day.”
For more information about the event, contact the City of Parkville at (816) 741-7676.
The City of Parkville is proud to announce it was voted No. 1 in the first ever “Battle of the Burbs” contest through KZPT FM/99.7 the Point. Out of the top 32 “burbs,” Parkville was named the “Best Burb” for 2017.
The contest was the first ever on-air promotion and listeners were asked to vote on the “Best Burb” in the Kansas City Metro in a March Madness-style competition. In the final four of the competition, Parkville was up against tough competition in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Overland Park and Shawnee, Kansas. The City was notified on March 31st that it had won the battle.
Mayor Nan Johnston was interviewed during the morning show on April 4th. To listen to the interview, click here: http://parkvillemo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mayor-Johnston-Interview-KZPT_040417.mp3.
The public is invited to attend a ceremony on Monday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the McKeon Stage in English Landing Park. The KZPT FM/99.7 the Point Morning Show will present Parkville with a plaque and t-shirts.
Vote for Parkville! Help us become the #1 Best Midwestern Small Town. Vote at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-midwestern-small-town/parkville-missouri/. We are currently 19th but would love to be #1. One vote per day. Voting ends on April 23.
The City of Parkville is pleased announce that the next electronics recycling event is at Parkville City Hall on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or until the truck is full. There is no residency requirement.
Throughout the spring and summer, the City of Parkville partners with the Parkville Commons and Surplus Exchange to collect essentially anything with a cord or battery (working or not) during electronics recycling events in the parking lot at City Hall.
These events are open to anyone, not just Parkville residents – anyone can get rid of appliances, printers, cell phones, or other electronic items for free. There is a $20 charge for CRT based items (such as CRT TVs and CRT Monitors).
The City of Parkville will begin sweeping public streets and public parking lots on Monday, April 3 for the Spring 2017 Street Sweeping Program (weather permitting). In order for the sweeper to effective do its job, residents are asked not to park on public streets or in parking lots during this time.
The purpose of street sweeping is to clear the debris on the streets and storm inlets, in accordance with the City’s stormwater permit with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Monday, April 3
- Riss Lake
Tuesday, April 4
- River Hills
- West Street and side streets
- The Reserve
- Includes Highridge, Hilltop and Woodland View
Wednesday, April 5
- Country Gardens
- Parkville Heights
- The Reserve
- Includes Highridge, Hilltop and Woodland View
Thursday, April 6
- Downtown area and parking lots (beginning at 4 a.m.)
- English Landing Park
- City Hall (beginning at 4 a.m.)
- Train Depot
- Parkville Commons (beginning at 4 a.m.)
- Lewis Street and parking areas
- Clark Avenue and parking areas
- Main Street
- All numbered streets downtown
Friday, April 7
- Final day to finish up any streets, parking lots and subdivisions not completed as scheduled or not completed due to weather
Important Notice: Highway 45 from Brightwell Road to Timber Ridge Drive will remain closed through June 30 (weather permitting). Once completed, other portions will be closed. The estimated final completion date of the entire widening project is October 31, 2017. Please use designated detours.
The City of Parkville is pleased to announce that residents have several options to get rid of unwanted materials, yard waste, household hazardous waste and other recyclable materials this spring through events hosted by the City and in partnership with other entities.
Spring Cleanup: The City will hold the Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Damon Pursell lot at 6105 NW River Park Drive. Items collected include small limbs, leaves and grass (no plastic bags), used batteries, scrap metal, water heaters, auto parts, metal products, air conditioners without compressor, washers and dryers without motor, tires, furniture and household debris. Proof of residency is required. Items not collected include paint, air conditioner compressors, washer/dryer motors and household hazardous waste (HHW) items.
Platte County Cleanup: Platte County will hold its annual cleanup event from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at Platte County Public Works, located at 15955 Hwy 273 in Platte City. Most items are accepted for a standard load entry fee; there is an additional charge for electronics, appliances and tires. Items not accepted include hazardous waste, liquid paint and chemicals. Non-bulky items must be bagged or bundled. This event is open to Platte County residents only and proof of residency is required.
Extended Yard Waste Drop Off: Parkville residents can drop off yard waste beginning on Monday, April 24 through Friday, May 12 at no charge at 6105 NW River Park Drive any time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yard waste does not have to be bagged. Proof of residency is required.
Electronics Recycling: Throughout the spring and summer, the City partners with the Parkville Commons and Surplus Exchange to collect essentially anything with a cord or battery (working or not) during electronics recycling events in the parking lot at City Hall. These events are open to anyone, not just Parkville residents – anyone can get rid of freezers, cell phones, or other electronic items for free but there is a charge to recycle TVs: $20 for TVs smaller than 27” and $40 for TVs larger than 28″. The next event will be held on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or until the truck is full.
Paper Shredding: The City of Parkville will host a one day paper shredding event, in conjunction with the electronics recycling event, on Tuesday, April 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. in the parking lot at Parkville City Hall. The City is partnering with Document Resources to provide secure paper shredding services to Parkville residents only. Limit of two boxes per residence. Proof of residency is required.
Household Hazardous Waste: Parkville and Platte County are members of the MARC Solid Waste Management District HHW program for disposal of items such as paint, automotive products, antifreeze, batteries, CFL light bulbs, fertilizers, hazardous cleaners, household cleaners, pool chemicals, used oil and thinners. The HHW program conducts mobile collection events at various locations through the metro area. The first mobile event near Parkville will be held at Happy Rock Park in Gladstone on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 8 a.m. until noon. Visit http://www.recyclespot.org/ for more information.
Parkville residents can also deliver HHW accepted items on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the year to the Household Hazardous Waste Center at 4707 Deramus Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. Proof of residency is required.
Regional Brush/Yard Waste: The City of Parkville participates with Gladstone, Pleasant Valley, Liberty and Lake Waukomis to give residents the opportunity to drop off yard waste and brush throughout the year at the Regional Brush/Yard Waste Recycle Facility in the Gladstone Public Works building located at 4000 NE 76th Street. The program is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to residential customers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Yard waste must be bagged and there is a charge per bag, truck and/or trailer. Proof of residency is required.
Acceptable proof of residency for these events includes a valid driver’s license with a Parkville address.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste whenever possible. The average person in the Kansas City metro still throws out about 7 pounds of waste per day. To learn more, visit RecycleSpot.org: greater Kansas City’s one-stop shop for recycling information. The website features a tool to allow visitors to search for instructions to recycle popular items based on zip code.
Visit http://parkvillemo.gov/residents/waste-disposal-opportunities/ for more information about the waste disposal events available to Parkville residents.
Parkville Nature Sanctuary Nature Day Camp registration is now open. Nature Day Camp is Wednesday, June 7 through Friday, June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. The camp is for children 8 to 10 years old and is limited to 30 campers. The camp includes Wildlife demonstrations from the Missouri Department of Conservation, trail hiking, craft activities, and a hotdog roast. The cost is $50.00 per participant for the three-day session. For more information or to enroll contact Parkville Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan at (816) 268-5030.
The City of Parkville is pleased to announce that the traffic study at Lewis Street has been completed. The study, conducted by Affinis Corp, outlined three concept plans to help improve safety and alleviate intersection congestion near the stop light south of Route 45. Lewis Street is one of the main access points into the Parkville Commons commercial district.
The City received a Transportation Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for a traffic study at Lewis Street. Since the widening of Route 45 was completed, traffic patterns changed for vehicles accessing Graden Elementary. Because a U-turn is not allowed on Route 45 at the stop light, many vehicles use the median break to U-turn to travel eastbound on Route 45, causing congestion at the intersection. To prevent issues from occurring in the interim, a “No U-Turn” sign was installed at the median break.
The Board of Aldermen approved an agreement with Affinis Corp on February 7, 2017, to conduct the traffic study using the TEAP grant funds. In the study, the consultant outlined three concept plans, all of which will require the closing of the median break on Lewis Street.
At the regular meeting on March 21, 2017, the Board of Aldermen directed City staff to move forward with the second concept that would close the median break south of the stop light and shift the west entrance/exit of Walgreens to the south, leaving plenty of room for vehicles using the northbound left turn lane to enter onto Route 45. The intersection would be safe and provide access to the local businesses. The estimated cost of the improvements is $87,152.50. City staff will budget for construction of the improvements in the 2018 budget.
Mayor Nan Johnston said, “The proposed improvements will help alleviate traffic congestion at the intersection and improve vehicle and pedestrian safety. It is the City’s goal to provide citizens with safe access to all areas of the city.”
The complete study is available on the City’s website at https://parkvillemo.gov/download/LewisStreet Study.pdf. For more information, please contact Public Works Director Alysen Abel at (816) 741-7676.