Kansas City officials reveal plans to recreate the city’s riverfront

The Kansas City Port Authority (Port KC) has revealed its master plan to redevelop the city's waterfront in a live playground last month.

Despite roadblocks in the early stages of development, the 80-acre Berkley Riverfront Park redevelopment project plans to make the region an attractive and high-density mixed use destination. Union, a mixed-use development of Flaherty & Collins Properties based in Indianapolis, beat last year and is on track to open next summer with more than 400 apartments and six acres of retail space.

Once completed, the park will have new pedestrian and cycling paths and will have spaces to host events such as Kansas City PrideFest, Riverfront Fitness and KC Nanobrew Festival, according to a press release from Port KC. The annual July 4 Riverfest is already detained in the park. Other amenities and attractions will be built along the water, including a dog park that should be built next year. The city is also exploring the possibility of extending the Downtown River market tram line to the river for better public access, with a feasibility study in the coming weeks.