Bridging Park & Market – welcome to the virtual open house 

Make plans now to experience a virtual open house for Bridging Park & Market, the aspirational community enhancement project that focuses on the River Market, Columbus Park, Route 9, and Independence Avenue.

The goal of this innovative concept is for residents and visitors to experience a more livable, safe, and connected community that encompasses a more intuitive multimodal transportation system to include bicycles, pedestrians, transit, and cars. The virtual open house is available now through Nov. 29

The Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study, completed in 2018 by the Mid-America Regional Council, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and MoDOT, focused on the US-169 corridor from Route 9 to I-35. This study recommended that strategies along Route 9 between the Heart of America Bridge and I-70 should include bringing the existing facility to grade (i.e., street level) and to reconnect Independence Avenue all the way to Broadway Street.


Downtown Toy & Coat Drive is accepting your donations

It’s that time of year again! The Downtown Council is asking for your help in filling our donation barrels with new or gently used toys and clothes/coats for the men, women and children who rely on the Downtown Community Services Center at 8th & Paseo.

Donations will be accepted at the DTC office, 1000 Walnut, Suite 200 on weekdays through Dec. 21.

Let’s make this year extraordinary for those in need. And, special thanks to those who have made donations in the past. Contact Sean O’Byrne at with any questions.



Union Station to ring in ‘Home for the Holidays’ on Saturday

Home for the Holidays returns to Union Station this weekend, complete with an all-new, magical Holiday Reflections walk-thru village inside the massive Grand Plaza.

Holiday Reflections is an eye-popping, holiday-themed wonderland that features sky-reaching lights, trees, forest friends and giant, floating mirrored ornaments. You will immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with brilliant sights and sounds.

Union Station’s holiday plans also include the Mini Holiday Ride-on Train, the Holiday Model Train Gallery, the Classic Holiday Movie Series, including The Santa Clause (beginning Friday), Holiday Clocktail Concerts beginning Dec. 5, and the Strawberry Swing’s Holiday Market on Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6. Click here for hours and to learn more. Union Station will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


OneKC Radio to broadcast Imagine Downtown KC podcasts

The Downtown Council is pleased to announce a new partnership with One KC Radio 100.1 FM to broadcast the Imagine Downtown KC podcast series.

One KC Radio lifts up multicultural voices in the community and serves as a platform for the urban core in Downtown KC. You can catch the Imagine Downtown podcasts by tuning in to 100.1 FM at 10 a.m. each Monday, or listening online at

The Imagine Downtown KC podcast is designed to enlighten and inspire listeners to dream about tomorrow… to imagine Downtown Kansas City 10 years from now. Episodes feature visionaries who push the boundaries and share their BIG IDEAS for the future of Downtown.

Each of the Imagine Downtown KC podcast episodes are available wherever you listen to podcasts, or on the Downtown KC website.



Crown Center opens Ice Terrace for 2020/21 season

Kansas City’s public outdoor ice skating rink at Crown Center opened on schedule on Nov. 6 for the 2020-2021 skating season. The skating season is scheduled to run through March 7. The Ice Terrace is open daily, including from 3-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

Reservations are required to skate at the Ice Terrace this season. Click here to learn more and make your reservation up to two days in advance.