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City holds groundbreaking for Parkville Bottoms Project

Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published Dec. 11, 2019
Leaders who helped bring the Parkville Bottoms Project to fruition on the banks of the Missouri River in Parkville, Mo. break the ground on construction December 11, 2019. The project will have over 40 acres of restored wetland on over 100 acres of land with walking trails traversing it.

Leaders who helped bring the Parkville Bottoms Project to fruition on the banks of the Missouri River in Parkville, Mo. break the ground on construction December 11, 2019. The project will have over 40 acres of restored wetland on over 100 acres of land with walking trails traversing it.

Alysen Abel, Public Works Director for the city of Parkville, Mo., opened with remarks about the value of the project to the city and thanked the many people and organizations that have made it possible December 11, 2019.

Alysen Abel, Public Works Director for the city of Parkville, Mo., opened with remarks about the value of the project to the city and thanked the many people and organizations that have made it possible December 11, 2019.

Col. Bill Hannan spoke with the group of interested partners who helped get the project to the stage of construction now has begun at the groundbreaking ceremony held by the City of Parkville, Mo., December 11, 2019. Big dirt turning will likely be in early January with BKM Construction LLC of Leavenworth, Kan., a local veteran-owned small business, doing the work.

Col. Bill Hannan spoke with the group of interested partners who helped get the project to the stage of construction now has begun at the groundbreaking ceremony held by the City of Parkville, Mo., December 11, 2019. Big dirt turning will likely be in early January with BKM Construction LLC of Leavenworth, Kan., a local veteran-owned small business, doing the work.

Col. Bill Hannan, our commander, gave remarks emphasizing the partnerships that brought the project from and idea 10 years ago, to a very close by reality on December 11, 2019. He thanked Mayor Nan Johnston of Parkville and Joe Parente, the Parkville City Administrator along with many others for their key leadership in getting the project going.

Col. Bill Hannan, our commander, gave remarks emphasizing the partnerships that brought the project from and idea 10 years ago, to a very close by reality on December 11, 2019. He thanked Mayor Nan Johnston of Parkville and Joe Parente, the Parkville City Administrator along with many others for their key leadership in getting the project going.

The city of Parkville, Mo., held a groundbreaking for a long anticipated project in the Parkville Bottoms where wetlands will soon be reconstructed to serve as habitat for natural species of plants and animals December 11, 2019. In particular, as seen in other similar projects, significant populations of birds. Additionally, several trails will traverse the area and add to the recreational use of the park.

The Kansas City District will serve as the construction agent for the project and is paying 75% or about $1.9 million - with the city paying in kind for the remaining 25% cost of the project.

Alysen Abel, the Public Works Director, led the ceremony and thanked all the people who brought the project forward. With over 40 acres of restored wetland on over 100 acres of land with walking trails traversing it, she said all were excited to get construction started.

Col. Bill Hannan, commander of the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoke and thanked Mayor Nan Johnston, City Administrator, Joe Parente, and Abel, for their continued partnership throughout Feasibility, Design, and now into Construction phases of the project.

“I also want to say thanks to Affinis who designed a superb project and worked with us to make needed adjustments after this year’s flood. They displayed dedication to the project and loyalty to the city of Parkville. I also want to congratulate BKM Construction, a local veteran owned small business from Leavenworth. We look forward to your execution of this great project,” said Hannan.

The Corps of Engineers and the City of Parkville have enjoyed a strong partnership over the years. They worked together on the Rush Creek Stream bank Stabilization Project completed in 2007, the largest such project we had constructed at the time valued at over $2 million dollars. The Kansas City District has also partnered together through the years in various flood response and recovery operations. Through the Silver Jackets Program, the Corps was able to work together to get a new Missouri River gage installed after the 2011 flood that has greatly improved our ability to forecast and respond to flooding.

This current project now protects English Landing Park and importantly water, sewer and bridge infrastructure from severe erosion of Rush Creek, and potential Missouri River bed degradation.

With invasive species removed and diverse wetlands and riparian habitat restored, the people using the park will be able to observe a functioning, diverse wetland community that will support a variety of local wildlife for years to come.

“This project exemplifies how enduring relationships between the City of Parkville, the Corps of Engineers, and many community members and partners can make real improvements for habitat, recreation, economic development, and wise use of our floodplains,” said Hannan.

The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation's most complex problems.


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James Lowe
816-389-3486
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Kansas City, Mo.
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Kansas City District Public Affairs
816-389-3486
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Kansas City, Mo.

Release no. 19-082