First hike and bike trail on a KCK levee to open this Saturday

Mayor Mark Holland, in partnership with Healthy Communities Wyandotte, is inviting the community to attend the grand opening celebration of the Armourdale Hike and Bike Route – Island View Loop.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the levee, just west of 18th Street Expressway and Kansas Avenue.

“I’m thrilled that our levees are finally open to the public and I can’t wait to take my bike for a ride along the river,” said Mayor Holland, who is a strong supporter of improved community health and helped found the Healthy Communities Wyandotte initiative in 2009. Operating within the Health Department, HCW now serves as a countywide coalition aimed at mobilizing residents and partner organizations to improve health. “Encouraging our residents to walk, run and ride on our trails is key to the health and well-being of Wyandotte Countians.”

The public is invited to attend the grand opening ceremony and walk on the new trail.

The initial levee trail is a 1.3 mile trail with a surface sufficient for walking and running but may be challenging for road bicycles. The trail takes its name, “Island View Loop” from the river island that can be seen from the levee and from the Kansas Avenue Bridge.

The celebration will consist of remarks from Mayor Holland, Unified Government District 2 Commissioner Brian McKiernan, President of the Armourdale Renewal Association Patty Dysart and Chair of the Kaw Valley Drainage District Board, Bundy Jenkins. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the ceremony and walk the trail.

Representatives from The National League of Cities will also be attending the event Saturday to help officially recognize Kansas City, Kan., for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas.

“We’re excited to join First Lady Michelle Obama in her efforts to reduce childhood obesity in the United States,” Mayor Holland said. “One of the ways to do that is to provide safe places for kids and families to be active. This new trail is one of those places.”

NLC is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, to assist local elected officials who join LMCTC as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC.

For more info and updates visit the event site on
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1487142534860196/)

– Information from Mayor Mark Holland’s office

Event to benefit abused, neglected children

A casual speakeasy-inspired evening of food, music, fun and fundraising will help CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) serve local abused and neglected children who are under court protection.

The Hops amd Barley Ball to benefit CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Dark Horse Distillery, 11740 W. 86th Terrace, in Lenexa, Kan.

The Prohibition Era-themed Hops and Barley Ball will feature an open bar of Dark Horse liquor, beer and wine; dining stations; live swing jazz music by Tim Whitmer and the KC Express; and a silent auction. There also will be a giving tree on site for guests to directly contribute to the program by sponsoring a CASA child.

The Hops and Barley Ball will raise funds to train and support more CASA volunteers to advocate for the dramatically increased number of abused or neglected children under court protection in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Through contact with the child, family members, and other interested parties, a CASA volunteer provides critical information to the judge, so the best possible decisions can be made regarding where that child should live and what medical, educational, and therapeutic services they need.

Studies show that children assigned a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) are far less likely to be re-abused and far more likely to find a safe, permanent home. For the past two years, 95 percent of children with a CASA volunteer had not re-entered the Johnson or Wyandotte County courts.

While 413 abused and neglected children had 170 special friends by their side as they navigated the child welfare and court system last year, that is only one-third of the children under court protection. CASA’s goal is for every child to have a CASA volunteer to serve as their voice and advocate in court.

Although each case is different, a CASA volunteer usually spends about 10 hours a month meeting with the child, speaking with others involved, and attending meetings or court hearings. Hours are flexible and can be completed within the limits of even the most hectic schedule. There is no need for any special skills or education – just a background check, training, and a heart for helping children.

Critically important to funding volunteer training, the Hops and Barley Ball is presented by Performance Contracting Group. Lead sponsors are Black and Veatch, Lentz Clark Deines, Lockton Companies, and UMB Bank. Additional sponsors include Arvest Bank, Country Club Bank, EnerSys, Financial Advisory Service, First National Bank, First Watch Restaurants, Grant Thornton, Greater Kansas City Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae, KC Cause, Lee Jeans, Oldcastle Materials, Precision Printing, Schlimmer Law, Smith and Loveless, The Bessenbacher Co., and Village West Discount Liquors.

Tickets can be purchased at www.casajwc.org or by phone at 913-715-4035.

Kansas City, Kan., police reports

Aug. 28
Burglary, 1300 block of North 5th, television, DVD player, Yudu machine, $880 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 1900 block of North 25th, screen window, $25 value.
Attempted burglary, criminal damage, 400 block of North Thompson.
Theft, 300 block of North 13th, Ford Mustang, $3,000 value.
Theft, 5100 block of Locust, lawnmower, trailer, $2,000 value.
Theft, auto, 5600 block of Pitkin, vehicle, $3,000 value.

Aug. 27

Aggravated burglary, criminal damage, 1200 block of Shawnee, door jamb, $100 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 4700 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $8 value.

Aug. 25
Criminal use of financial card, 8200 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $402 value.

Aug. 24
Attempted burglary, criminal damage, 00 block of South 8th, door frame, $50 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 7700 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $202 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 10800 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $19 value.

Aug. 22
Identity fraud, 2200 block of North 40th.
Criminal use of financial card, 500 block of North 78th, cash, $400 value.