4th District PIAC requests strong on park improvements

Northeast neighborhoods brought children and parents to the PIAC hearing to show their support for a requested new playground and other improvements to parks. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

Fourth district residents and organizations made their pitches last night to the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC).

The 4th Council District.

The 4th District includes much of Midtown as well as the northeast and parts of the northland. A second hearing on district proposals is set for July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th Street.

Last night, the ideas for public improvements all came from the northland, Columbus Park and northeast area residents, and they centered on park improvements and beautification projects. The Northeast Alliance, a coalition of six organizations, asked for a playground, curbs and sidewalks, and tulip bulbs, while northlanders requested two different sets of improvements to Waterworks Park. The Kansas City Museum also presented a proposal to repair and reconstruct the gates around its facility.

PIAC will use information gathered through the hearings to recommend projects for funding to the council for Fiscal Year 2014-15. Project funding comes from the one-cent sales tax for public improvements. Last year, more than 800 requests for capital improvements projects were received through the PIAC process.

The deadline to submit a PIAC application for this year is Aug. 31, 2013.

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