The City of Parkville is in the process of developing four new multipurpose fields in Platte Landing Park, replacing existing fields in the neighboring English Landing Park. The 2016 Parks Master Plan proposed the fields as part of a long-term strategy to upgrade the riverfront parks, providing a wide range of amenities for the enjoyment of our residents. The location of the existing fields will be reclaimed for other open space enhanced amenities set forth in the Parks Master Plan. It is part of a broader plan to improve park facilities and recreation in Parkville, which includes both passive and active recreation for the entire community’s enjoyment.
This page shares information with the public concerning the multipurpose fields project, the 2016 Parks Master Plan, Proposition P (i.e., the 2019 sales tax election) and to address questions that have been asked by the public. This page will be updated to provide more information as the development of the youth sports multipurpose fields’ project advances from the concept stage to the design stage. Please check back for updates, as well as announcements when the planning will be discussed in public meetings.
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July 22, 2021 – The City issued a press release regarding Platte County Parks and Recreation grant funds received for the project. Press Release
June 9, 2021 – The City has applied for Platte County Parks and Recreation grant funds to help construct the fields and is waiting to hear if any funding will be awarded for the project. Once a total budget has been determined, we will begin to move beyond the general concept to specific planning. There are not any specific plans that have been approved by the Board of Aldermen. The public will be given many opportunities to provide input, including on illustrated concepts from the Park Master Plan (2016) and the overlay field concept.
Residents of Parkville enjoy one of the premiere public park and open space systems in the entire metropolitan area.
The City maintains a network of community parks and recreation areas that provide a broad range of recreation opportunities for its residents. It includes two large parks along the river, two nature sanctuaries, trails and neighborhood parks. The City’s Strategic Plan has adopted a vision statement that includes, “The City of Parkville will enjoy an accessible, safe and connected community park system, providing regionally significant destinations and preserving and enhancing Parkville’s unique natural resource base while maintaining and creating a variety of unique recreational activities.” In 2016, the City, with public input, adopted a Parks Master Plan that outlined long-term enhancements to the community’s parks system. Consistent with the City’s goals, the Plan sets forth a vision to continue to upgrade the parks and enhance the quality of life for our residents.
Parkville adopted a master plan for its parks and recreation in 2016 that was developed with broad participation by the public, with the intended purpose of setting a long-term vision and action plan for the park system and recreation programs.
Consistent with the vision statement, the City, with public input, adopted a Parks Master Plan in 2016. The plan sets a long-term vision and action plan for the park system, providing the City a road map for facilities and maintaining and improving the system and operations. The Plan promotes Parkville’s parks to capture the essence of a small, riverfront town from the bluffs to the water, wetlands, natural areas and everything in between. Parkville parks are also about recreation – people “re-creating” themselves away from work and home, enjoying the outdoors. In surveys, residents credit parks, open space and recreational opportunities for their high quality of life in addition to the small-town atmosphere and proximity to all the amenities the metro area offers.
The City hired the professional firm Vireo to develop the Park’s Master Plan. Vireo is an experienced planning and landscape architecture design team that specializes in parks, conservation and the environment. They were retained by the City to provide professional advice on the development of the Parks Master Plan, and also for their outreach specialists and their ability to engage the community in the planning process.
Vireo facilitated a number of public outreach engagements in cooperation with the City and Platte County Parks & Recreation. Nearly 400 participants in total provided input identifying park priorities, preferences and needs. A variety of public engagement formats were employed in order to reach as many residents as possible including: focus group discussions; on-line questionnaires served across e-mail and social media; a public open house; and a booth hosted by the Community Land & Recreation Board (CLARB) at the City’s 4th of July event. Information gathered from these engagements provided guidance and direction for the purposes of updating the Parks Master Plan and design concepts for the riverfront parks. It is noted that any one outreach engagement was not the basis for a specific recommendation in the plan, but a collection of input provided guidance to the consultant in preparing a comprehensive plan for Parkville’s parks that meet the long term goals for the community.
During the planning process, recurring public comments heard from a broad representation of the community included both providing natural areas for passive recreation and active recreational fields. The Plan stated “While it might be assumed that proponents for active recreational fields and those for natural areas can have somewhat competing agendas, an analysis of responses from online surveys showed that in Parkville the two groups appear to be accepting of each other. In fact, the community as a whole generally appears very interested in marrying the two to create a park system found nowhere else in the region.”
The final Plan and its conclusions were presented to the appointed and elected boards of the City. CLARB and Board of Aldermen, in 2016, both unanimously approved the Plan. The following link includes the final Plan, as well as other documents related to the planning 2016 planning process:
The fields are proposed to be “community fields” to serve youth sports in the Parkville community.
The conceptual plan for youth sports multipurpose fields in Platte Landing Park includes four fields serving such uses as soccer, softball, baseball, football and lacrosse. The multipurpose fields are proposed to include moveable fences to allow for play by various youth teams based on age and skill level. The fields will not have lighting as the Board of Aldermen removed lighting from consideration for the fields. The fields would be available for reservation by sports teams, similar to the present fields. The fields will support local youth teams for practice and could include recreational games such as those in a team league or as part of a team schedule against other teams. Youth sports programs could include those such as presently provided by the YMCA Youth Sports Programs for younger age groups and other Northland sports programs for older groups.