Northeast News | Northeast public parks bustling with community events on weekends

Kansas City Public Library Northeast BranchSamantha Edwards’ Children’s Librarian shares free books with children at Mattie Rhodes’ Block Party at Budd Park on May 14. Photo by Abby Hoover

Budd Park

Mattie Rhodes Center held a Block Party in Budd Park on Saturday afternoon.

“The overall goal is to bring people back to the neighborhood, to experience it, to have fun, and to take advantage of some of the amenities that we have here like Budd Park,” said Scott Wagner, director of North East Alliance Together (NEAT). “So our desires are simple, but it is very necessary.”

The organizations hope to hold more block parties in July and October. About 15 organizations were represented at the event, which provided opportunities to have fun and learn a bit, and to share resources that exist.

Lykins Neighborhood Association. Photo by Abby Hoover
Show me KC schools distributes information to people in the Northeast. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi
Children spin a prize wheel at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC stand. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi

The northeast corner of Budd Park, where the event was held, was bustling with activity Saturday, with new and old businesses scattered around the block.

“That’s what we want here at Indian Mound,” Wagner said. “We want activity, and activity comes in the form of businesses, it shows up in what’s going on in the park, and the more positive activity you have in the neighborhood, the more negative activity is likely to disappear. Seeing all of that is very gratifying, and of course seeing people come out as they are today is just as gratifying.

Paula Coyote Schaff, clinical therapist and trauma specialist at the Mattie Rhodes Center, paints faces for the Spring Block Party event at Budd Park. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi
Children spin a prize wheel at the KC Big Brothers Big Sisters booth. Photo by Abby Hoover

The mini-court project, sponsored by Mattie Rhodes, was completed last year at Budd Park.

“Some schools take advantage of it, groups of kids take advantage of it,” Wagner said. To do.”

Mattie Rhodes Center and La Incondicional Cocina are offering free Spring Block Party tacos at Budd Park. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi

Competition park

Ryogoku Soccer Academy, Independence Boulevard Christian Church, OlamaKCPD, 816 SFCand other area organizations held a community event at the Concourse on Saturday.

Local children play garden games at the Concourse Park. Photo by Abby Hoover

Community involvement was central to the event, said Hector Moises Solorio, director of training at Ryogoku.

“And bringing people together to say ‘thank you’ to the community and everyone who has helped Ryogoku get to where we are now as a school,” Solorio said. “With community members, with businesses in the community, coming together and providing this type of service for the community.”

Ryogoku Soccer Academy students pose for a photo in front of the Concourse Park fountain. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi

Ryogoku, based at the Independence Boulevard Christian Church on Independence and Gladstone Boulevards, works with boys in grades six through nine.

The event served at least 50 Northeast children and their families, providing resources from 12 different organizations, food and fun. The young school actively recruits students in the Northeast.

Jerusalem Farm members discuss a new community survey with locals. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi

“[We’re] really trying to focus on the kids in the North East and East districts and making sure they have high quality educational options, and we can also provide high quality football education said founder Brad Leonard. “We do kind of a year-round pattern, so we take time out in December, we take time out for Ramadan. Because of our Muslim population, we want to be respectful of that time. Then we take a few weeks off. holidays in the summer, so it’s a unique model, but I think the kids stay very actively engaged and keep their learning at a very high level.”

KC Walking Bike and Ripples for change stand. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi

Ryogoku is currently working with Mattie Rhodes and the Veterans Project to raise funds to help neighborhood youth obtain safe and stable housing.

“Thank you to all the organizations that participated in this event and we appreciate the support and dedication you have for our institution,” Solorio said, adding that they have another event coming up on July 9.

KCPD East Patrol PIO Edwin Gordillo and his family share ice cream with children attending a community appreciation event at the Concourse last weekend. Photo by Abby Hoover
Families play yard games at Concourse Park. Photo by Bethany Alzanadi

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