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Dreams are just the beginning

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

By Jill Erickson

This past Saturday, I joined a dozen or so others in a monthly virtual event hosted by MY REGION WINS! to listen, learn and take part in an ambitious and exciting project, which will use public space to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for our city. It is designed as a model for innovative energy uses as well as what the future can look like as we face more and more challenges from climate change. The project also offers hope through opportunities for revitalization in communities that have been marginalized for decades. It is a very new way to think about public parks and I encourage you to visit the website at to learn and share your feedback.

Carl Stafford (left) led the panel during HCA's Annual Partnership Summit. The new project emphasizes Carl's vision and dream of being an artist of nature.

Founder Carl Stafford writes, "As part of our 'Revive the west side of District 5, An Artistic Journey (A 100-year plan)'. This Recreational Power Park (RPP) has been presented to the Kansas City Parks and Recreations Department to see if this RPP would be allowed to be developed on the south side of the Swope Park entrance. The Parks Department was very helpful and gave a few suggestions moving forward." 

We want to know:

  • Do you want to see KC Parks build the RPP?

  • Does the RPP plan include everyone?

  • How will the youth enjoy and appreciate the RPP?

Leave your comments below or contact Carl Stafford directly at

Carl recently joined HCA and KCUR during the "Imagine a Day Without Water" campaign. Listen on the KCUR website to hear more about the importance of clean water for conservation, recreation and everyday life. The feature begins at


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