Linear park envisioned for Kansas City
Kansas City is the latest to join the linear parks movement with a plan modeled after New York’s famed High Line.
According to Kansas City’s official website, the park would extend seven miles (11 kilometers) and encompass 1,000 acres (405 hectares). It would connect Twin Creeks, a newly constructed suburb, with the city center via a network of trails. Kansas City is the largest city in the Midwestern U. S. state of Missouri.
Three architectural firms were selected to develop design concepts, the announcement says. They are Apliz Architecture of Borba, Portugal; Brooklyn’s Cadaster Partners; and Small Wonders, with offices in Seattle and New York. The three firms showcased their ideas at an October 19 exhibition.
The three proposals — which will influence the final design — share some common themes. Greenery that would double as recreational space and natural habitat is central to the renderings. The vegetation would help mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding, the city says.
Cadaster and Apliz envision trails for cyclists and pedestrians that connect people to creeks in the area. Small Wonders envisions kiosks along the trail that would provide opportunities to learn about protection of monarch butterflies and other environmental issues.