New projects improve neighborhoods

Parks and Recreation

Those loveable dogs and their owners have another place to roam – leash-free no less – now that Kansas City Parks and Recreation has opened a $700,000 dog park.

More than 200 dogs showed up for “Yappy Hour” at the West Terrace Dog Park, 750 Pennsylvania Ave., when it opened in July. This is the City’s fourth off-leash dog park and the first located downtown.

Fully enclosed, the 1.5-acre park provides a great place for dogs to play, exercise and socialize. The members-only park includes benches, fantastic views of the West Bottoms and Missouri River, park stairs, a shade pavilion with picnic tables, controlled access entry, disposal bags/receptacles and two drinking fountains. It is open daily from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

The park was funded by the City’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC), KC Parks Developer’s Allotment funds and a private donation from the William T. Kemper Foundation.

Membership in the park is $5 and includes one key fob, additional/replacement FOBs are $10 each. Memberships can be purchased at KC Parks downtown community centers -- Tony Aguirre, Westport Roanoke, Garrison and Gregg/Klice -- during regular business hours. Cash, check and credit card are accepted forms of payment. Current rabies vaccination records are also required to join. For more information and to download a membership application, visit kcparks.org/park/wtdp. See you at the park!

Public Works

Contractors install a new ADA compliant curb cut at 21st St. and Kansas Ave., one of many projects being paid for by bonds approved by voters.
It is green light GO for GO KC projects in the Public Works department. The first General Obligation bond funded capital improvements are underway, including the first rollout of sidewalk spot repairs under the city’s new sidewalk program and the kick-off of Paseo Bridge improvements over Brush Creek on the city’s east side.

Another project on the east side, the 22nd and 23rd Street corridor improvements, will start this fall. The bond-funded project will include road realignment and widening, curbs and gutters, sidewalks and storm sewer and water main upgrades between Brooklyn Avenue and Chestnut Avenue. The project will take about a year to complete.

The final piece of a reconstruction project along 135th Street in Martin City will bid this fall. Also funded with bond funds, the improvements span from Wornall Road to M-150, and will include roadway widening, streetlights, on-street parking, new curbs and sidewalks and new water lines. This will complete a three-phase project along 135th Street.

Public Works will continue to move forward on capital improvements in the Northland. The complete street project along Englewood Boulevard from US-169 to Waukomis Drive will bid out in fall and include multimodal access improvements, including sidewalks and bike facilities, as well as streetlights and traffic signal upgrades. Another Northland project will upgrade a section of N. Northwood St., bringing roadway upgrades, as well as a new sidewalk, from NW 52nd Street to NW Prairie View Road. The old Tiffany Springs Road bridge over I-29 will become new, as replacement of that bridge will bid out this fall or winter and will include a connection from the bridge to the local trail system.

The city’s south side will see several capital improvement projects move forward, including work on the Kenneth Road bridge. The city will bid out that work within the year. That project will replace a bridge damaged and closed years ago. The bridge crosses the state line and provides a key connector to multiple cities and counties. Multiple municipalities will fund the improvements, and Kansas City’s contributions will include pedestrian access across the bridge.

The city’s east side will see some improvements to Bennington Avenue from 67th Street to just north of 66th Street. That work will bring road reconstruction, new sidewalks, and drainage and street lighting improvements.

For more information on GO Bond projects you can visit kcmo.gov/gokc for more information on the city’s new sidewalk program you can visit kcmo.gov/sidewalks.

Northland Water Main, Wastewater Plant Odor Control Highlight KC Water Capital Improvements

KC Water is turning the valve on a major transmission line that will improve efficiency while also setting the stage for continued growth in the Northland.

Phase 3 of the Arrowhead Transmission Main winds its way from North Oak Trafficway, north of Vivion Road, to NW Englewood Road near Highway 169. The 54-inch to 48-inch water transmission main will supplement two existing but stressed water mains built in the early 1950s and the 1980s.

Two previous phases of this major project improved water delivery from KC Water’s Water Treatment Plant on the Missouri River at North Oak Trafficway and Missouri 9. A fourth phase will continue north to the Arrowhead Pump Station located east of Highway 169 at Northeast 75th Street.

“This new water transmission main will increase capacity and reliability to serve the developing areas of the Northland,” said Terry Leeds, KC Water Director.

This and other KC Water infrastructure expansion is designed to support up to 70,000 new residents in the growing Northland. The transmission line project is in addition to KC Water’s comprehensive water main replacement program, which has resulted in a 56 percent decline in water main breaks since 2012. Water main replacement is occurring throughout the city.

KC Water also is completing an odor-control project at the Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Bacteria are already used to treat wastewater, so these same bacteria will now help remove noxious and offensive smells from the plant itself.

Sewage produces hydrogen sulfide, which is toxic and can be a hazard for treatment plant employees. The new equipment will ventilate air from structures through towers that include oxidizing bacteria that changes hydrogen sulfide into sulfuric acid.

“This project is focused on improving working conditions for treatment plant employees and help limit odors in the area around the plant,” Leeds said. “Proposed phases will further reduce offensive odors along I-435 near the plant and in the East Bottoms industrial area.”

The Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest of KC Water’s six sewage treatment plants, processes an average of 70 million gallons of wastewater daily.

More information about KC Water capital improvement projects can be found at www.kcwaterservices.org/projects.

Don’t forget that November 7 is a city election day!

Kansas City voters will be asked for their approval to build a new passenger terminal at Kansas City International Airport. A “yes” vote, with a simple majority, would allow the City to move forward with the project. In August, the City Council voted unanimously to place this question on the ballot:

Shall the City of Kansas City be authorized to construct a new passenger terminal at Kansas City International Airport and demolish existing terminals as necessary, with all costs paid solely from the revenues derived by the City from the operation of its airports and related facilities, and without the issuance of general airport revenue bonds unless such general airport revenue bonds have received prior voter approval?  YES  NO

All financing will be paid back through airport revenues. The city will continue to own and operate the airport.

The project calls for building a new terminal at the site of the closed Terminal A, while terminals B & C continue to operate without interruption.

To learn more about the KCI terminal development process, go to kcmo.gov/newkci.