In April 2019, Parkville voters approved a one-half percent sales tax on retail sales in Parkville city limits for improvements to the City’s parks. This page provides updates on current projects the City is currently working on for the parks. The Community Land & Recreation Board established priority improvements to the City’s park system, including 1) trail connectivity, 2) completion of the ball fields and multipurpose fields in Platte Landing Park and 3) upgrade and maintenance of smaller neighborhood parks and trails that have a more direct impact to the community.
Pocket Park is located in downtown Parkville at Main Street and 1st Street. The City contracted with BBN Architects to create a Pocket Park Master Plan. Two distinct concepts were prepared based on feedback from a small task force comprised of business owners, representatives from the Main Street Parkville Association, Parkville Old Towne Market Community Improvement District, elected officials and city staff. The Pocket Park Master Plan was adopted by the Board of Aldermen on December 15, 2020.
Platte Landing Park is located in downtown Parkville along the Missouri River. The City has contracted with McClure to integrate the Parks Master Plan’s conceptual design of a sports complex with the finalized wetland project. The Community Land & Recreation Board is currently reviewing options for the ball fields and multipurpose fields. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
US Corps of Engineers Wetlands Project
The City partnered with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to develop a Section 1135 project in the Parkville Bottoms located in Platte Landing Park. Platte County conveyed the park to the City in 2018. The Parkville Bottoms is a cornerstone project that will significantly improve habitats for a variety of wildlife. It aligns with recommendations from the Parks Master Plan and will complement recreational features in the riverfront parks, enhance the existing trail system, restore two wetland areas and the riparian corridor along Rush Creek, and improve the aesthetic value of the parks and downtown Parkville. All the areas will be planted with native vegetation that will help protect the source area for water supply wells and add floodplain storage space along the Missouri River. The overall restoration is approximately 23 acres of emergent wetlands, 14 acres of wet mesic bottomland prairie and 4.5 acres of riparian corridor.
English Landing Park is located in downtown Parkville along the Missouri River. On July 21, the Board of Aldermen approved a contract to construct new pickleball courts in English Landing Park. Four regulation courts were built where the former basketball court was located to the north of the restrooms. The basketball court was moved to a location south of the sand volleyball courts.
Adams Park is located at 13th Street and Walnut Street and Watkins Park is located at West Street and 10th Street. The City contracted with Vireo’s Landscape Architects for renovation concepts for both Adams and Watkins parks. The master plans were adopted by the Board of Aldermen on November 3, 2020.