Finishing Brush Creek project to add to appeal of Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
It’s good to see that the Brush Creek beautification efforts will finally move into Kansas City’s black community.
The Country Club Plaza area got the lion’s share of the $82 million in flood control and beautification funding in the 1990, a story in The Kansas City Star reports today. But then funding ran out to extend the lovely trail connections and other attractions east of Troost Avenue.
Thank goodness for the efforts of Carol Grimaldi and Brush Creek Community Partners, which have never given up on ensuring that the work gets done. Federal stimulus funding of $3 million will ensure that the missing links get completed.
Playgrounds and other things to draw people will be added, including a botanical garden in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The beautification effort will bridge the longstanding black-white racial divide in this community.
People should, however, on this Election Day keep their fingers crossed and hope President Barack Obama gets re-elected along with 5th District Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. If not, the federal stimulus money could get yanked along with stimulus funding for the Green Impact Zone.