New Signs Added at Kansas City MLK Park Ahead of Event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Teams continue to add the finishing touches to 15 and Mahomies Playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park.

KC Parks recently installed the “Dr”. and “Jr.” portions of the civil rights activist’s name next to the playing field. The king’s name now appears in large letters painted in bright red and blue.

Signage was added ahead of an event scheduled to honor the activist on Jan. 17, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Federal holiday.

KC Parks is planning a 2.5 mile nature walk through part of the community. It will start at 9:30 am at the park, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Woodland Ave. The walk will end at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.

After the walk, participants are invited to join KC Parks Ambassadors for a day of service helping clean up along the shores of Brush Creek.

Anyone interested in the event and the day of service is requested to Register. Parking is available at the park and a shuttle service between the Cultural Heritage Center and the park will be available. Dogs on a leash are also welcome but will not be permitted inside the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.

The playground opened on August 29, 2021, 53 years since King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Patrick Mahomes and his “15 and the Mahomies Foundation” made the project possible by donating $ 1 million to build it.

The playground is accessible to children of all levels. During the planning process, Mahomes and the foundation said they are also considering a park and play area where all children can be safe, have fun and learn more about the civil rights movement and the King’s legacy.

James C. Tibbs