Watkins accepts Roanoke Park award on behalf of all volunteers

The city has recognized the hard work and improvements to Roanoke Park.

Mayor Sly James recently presented the co-founder and president of the Roanoke Park Conservancy, Curt Watkins, with a 2013 Neighborhood Leader Legacy award.

Watkins insists he represented all the volunteers who are working so diligently to clean up Roanoke Park, saying that the volunteers’ goal was an even better Midtown lifestyle that prizes green space in the midst of our dense urban neighborhoods.

The volunteers, the Roanoke Park Conservancy Board, and Kansas City Parks and Recreation, have evolved into a public-private partnership. To date, over 2,800 private volunteer hours have been invested in the removal of debris and invasive undergrowth in the park. This volunteer effort, combined with donated professional advice, and support from city staff, has resulted in over $340,000 being committed to the park, either already in place or under contract.

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