Blue Valley Park

Vision for a Healthy Action Area

 

Walking through this landscape should feel somewhat open and airy. In the upland areas: the rest of the park could support some native grass prairie reconstruction in select areas. The parking lots and roads could should have some rain gardens and bioswales treating the rain water that runs off of them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champions: Blue Valley Neighborhood, KC Park

 

Acres: 287 acres

 

Keystone Ecosystems/Habitats:

Oxbow wetland and riparian forest

 

Focal Species: Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Conservation Goals:

  • Educate local community on sustainable and healthy reuse of vacant lots. 

  • Convert all vacant lots into any/all of the following categories: Park, stormwater treatment, agriculture, community green space, native vegetation.

  • Provide the local community with healthy food options, green space, trail connectivity, community amenities and wildlife habitat.

  • Connect the Palestine Corridor community with the urban trail systems and recreation spots throughout the Kansas City region.

 
Threats:
  • Illegal waste dumping

  • Air pollution

  • Flooding

  • Lack of healthy food options, distance to food

  • Lack of healthy recreation options. 

About Blue Valley Park

 In the low land areas: Large native climax canopy trees that naturally grow along rivers for example sycamore, cotton wood, silver maple, swamp white oak. Under the trees are lower growing native herbaceous plants and shrubs. Mixed in are a few understory trees like paw-paw and service berry. Walking through this landscape should feel somewhat open and airy. In the upland areas: the rest of the park could support some native grass prairie reconstruction in select areas. The parking lots and roads could should have some rain gardens and bioswales treating the rain water that runs off of them. These features would double as butterfly gardens.

Caption about the Blue River Headwaters here.

Visit Us:

 

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110

 

(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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