Promoting kindness a theme of Turner Days this weekend

The theme of Turner Days this year is “Go Blue: A Community United to Promote Kindness.” The Turner Days 5k run and the mud volleyball tournament will benefit the families of two slain Wyandotte County deputies, according to event organizers.

The 5k run starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Turner Days, and the mud volleyball tournament will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14.

They are two of the many events scheduled for Turner Days this year, according to Vikki Mullins, publicity chair of the event.

The annual Turner Days this weekend will be held rain or shine, she said. The weather forecast for Saturday currently calls for sunshine and a high of 58, while rain is possible on Sunday.

The annual Turner Days parade is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the festival following until 5 p.m. On Sunday, the festival continues, and there will also be a car show, she said.

Mullins anticipates about 2,000 people at Turner Days this year, and attendance could be affected by the weather, she added.

The 5k run and the mud volleyball tournament are sponsored by Turner Recreation Commission, she said, and there is a cost to enter both. Same-day registration is possible for the 5k run, while the mud volleyball tournament registration has already closed.

Proceeds from the other activities at Turner Days go back to the Turner Days group to pay for next year’s events, and also are used for other community activities during the year, as well as scholarships, Mullins said.

The grand marshal of Turner Days this year is Mayor David Alvey, who grew up in the Turner community, she said.

The event also will include craft and food booths and entertainment, she said. There will be activities for kids, also.

Most of the activities of Turner Days take place at Steineger Field at 58th and Metropolitan, Kansas City, Kansas. Turner Days is open to the public and there is no admission charge at the gate, although some activities such as the 5k run have a fee, and concessions will be for sale.

Turner High School’s homecoming is tonight at 7 p.m. at Turner stadium.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, South 55th Street will be blocked off for the Turner Days parade, which begins at 10 a.m. The parade route is north on South 55th Street from Douglas to Inland.

Booths at the festival will open after the parade. Parade awards are scheduled at 1 p.m. Lil Mister and Miss Turner, and Walk of Fame inductees will be recognized.

Mud volleyball games, adult division, begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Saturday schedule also includes Tim Bright, 2 p.m.; Dennis Chanay, 2:20 p.m.; Silver Streak, 3 p.m.; and Wyatt Huyett, 4 p.m.

The car show registration opens at 8 a.m. Sunday and closes at noon. Car show awards will be at 2:30 p.m. There also is a silent auction. The car show will end at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Scheduled on Sunday at 9 a.m. is an Olive Branch Ministries Service, and at 10:30 a.m., a Risen Lamb Church service.

Mud volleyball, high school division, is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Turner schools will provide music at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, by fourth grade music classes; and at 1:45 p.m. by the Turner Sixth Grade Academy Singers. The Turner High School Drama Department performance is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Booths will close at 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the Turner Days event, visit https://www.facebook.com/turnerdaysofficial/.

New Highland Park Sports Complex opens

A ribbon-cutting was held on Saturday morning for new soccer fields at the Highland Park Sports Complex at 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. Holding the scissors was Unified Government Commissioner Angela Markley, center, with Bobby McFarland, youth sports director, on the left in the blue shirt, and Camellia White, executive director of the Turner Recreation Commission, on the right. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

With a marching band, a ribbon-cutting and a soccer match, the new Highland Park Sports Complex was launched on Saturday morning at 4900 Shawnee Drive in Kansas City, Kansas.

The project includes three irrigated natural soccer fields on 20.8 acres, said Camille White, executive director of the Turner Recreation Commission. It is near Midland Elementary School.

“We have provided a place for our youth in Turner to play soccer,” White said. There were no soccer fields in Turner specifically for Turner Recreation programs before this, she added.

The complex also includes a futsal court built a few years ago, a concession area and restrooms.

In the future, there are plans for a playground, baseball and soccer fields, she said.

White, who has been executive director of the Turner Recreation Commission for six years, said the Unified Government gave this property to the Turner Recreation Commission. Some of the fields also are on Turner school district property. Turner Rec then used capital outlay funds, setting some funding aside each year for this project.

“There was no tax increase for this,” she said, “no mill levy increase.”

White said she hoped the project would be completed in five years, with a phase planned every year.

During the past phase, the soccer field was rebuilt, the concessions stands and restrooms were rebuilt and the parking lot was redone, she said. In the last year, the main work of the soccer fields was completed.

During the ribbon-cutting, White mentioned the dedicated work of a Turner Rec employee, Bobby McFarland, youth sports director, a salaried employee who worked late and Saturdays to make this project come to fruition.

White said nearby residents have been coming to the Highland Park Sports Complex to walk, and eventually, a walking trail will be built to connect all of the areas in the complex.

Teams or persons who want to use the soccer fields are asked to make reservations with the Turner Recreation Commission, http://www.turnerrec.org/.

The Turner High School Marching Band performed Saturday at the ribbon-cutting of the Highland Park Sports Complex at 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Turner High School Marching Band performed Saturday at the ribbon-cutting of the Highland Park Sports Complex at 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Turner High School Marching Band performed Saturday at the ribbon-cutting of the Highland Park Sports Complex at 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The Turner High School Marching Band performed Saturday at the ribbon-cutting of the Highland Park Sports Complex at 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A ribbon-cutting was held on Saturday morning for new soccer fields at the Highland Park Sports Complex at 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas. Holding the scissors was Unified Government Commissioner Angela Markley, center, with Bobby McFarland, youth sports director, on the left, and Camellia White, executive director of the Turner Recreation Commission, on the right. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Two youth soccer teams posed for a photo before playing a soccer match at the Highland Park Sports Complex on Saturday. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Another youth team posed for a photo on Saturday at the Highland Park Sports Complex. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Some residents turned out for the dedication of the soccer fields on Saturday at Highland Park Sports Complex. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Renovations of the concession stand and restrooms were included in the park improvement project at Highland Park Sports Complex. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Renovations of the parking lot also were included at the Highland Park Sports Complex. (Staff photo)
The Highland Park Sports Complex is on Shawnee Drive, not far from County Line Road, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony planned Saturday for new soccer fields in Turner area

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Highland Park Sports Complex, 4900 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.

The soccer fields are the first part of a multi-use sports complex on 20.8 acres, according to a news release from the Turner Recreation Commission.

The complex has three natural fields for co-ed soccer practices and games. The complex also includes a futsal court, concession stand, restroom facilities, paved parking areas, covered picnic shelter and walking trails.

In the future, there are plans to build a playground, baseball and softball fields.

“We want to make sure the complex caters to the multi-faceted needs of the community and visitors,” said Camellia White, executive director of the Turner Recreation Commission. “The improvements made to this recreation facility will make the complex and park inviting for the public to enjoy.”

“From the moment people turn into the complex’s entrance and are greeted by the natural fields, we hope they are excited to have a dedicated space where our athletes will regularly compete and practice,” said Bobby McFarland, youth sports director.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, youth soccer games will be played on Saturday.