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Northland Kansas City

Updated on August 23, 2017

The Northland not just a place but a Community

Daily News about Kansas City's Northland with links to news shopping, movies, medical offices and so much more. North of the River is a great place to live and Northland Kansas City strives to keep you up to date on what's going on around our community.

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Do you say you are from the Northland or North of the River

Defining the Northland

Northland refers to all that portion of the metro area within Missouri and located north of the Missouri River. The Northland is largely suburban in character with industrial uses and pre-World War II development along the Missouri River. Places in the Northland are commonly referred to as being "north of the river" (Missouri River). Sometimes the area is referred to as "Kansas City North", which should not be confused with "Northtown", a nickname for the city of North Kansas City. The Northland encompasses portions of Clay County and Platte County and includes the suburban areas of Kansas City, Missouri as well as the metro area's northern suburbs such as Parkville, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, North Kansas City, Smithville, Kearney, Platte City, and Gladstone.

The Northland is home to the Charles B. Wheeler Airport, Kansas City International Airport, Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, and Zona Rosa a large-scale mixed use development and regional attraction, as well as most of the metro area's riverboat casinos.

The Northland does not include downtown Kansas City, Missouri, though the city's boundaries extend far into the Northland. In contrast to that portion of Kansas City, Missouri south of the river, that portion in the Northland is largely suburban.

School Districts in the Northland

Great education is everywhere in the Northland with state championship football and many other sports from several different High Schools.

Restaurants in the Northland

The Northland likes to eat so it has more restaurants per square mile than most bigger cities do. This makes for some great eating with an amazing selection.

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The Northland is home to Great Parks

Penguin Park

Location

North Vivion Road and North Norton Avenue

Amenities

Amenities at the 3.42-acre Penguin Park include: one reservable shelter house, restrooms and playgrounds. The 1.88-mile Lakewood Greenway Trail runs through the park. Penguin Park is home to an annual "Santa's Wonderland" in December.

History

Penguin Park began as part of Lakewood Greenway, an area acquired by the Parks Department in 1957. Vernon Jones, the Kansas City North parks district supervisor, created and built figures for Santa's Wonderland in Gillham Park. After another employee made a miniature penguin for Santa's Wonderland, Jones decided to build a large penguin in 1964. The penguin was placed on the northern area of Lakewood Greenway and was a hit. Jones created other animals for the site, such as a giraffe, elephant and kangaroo. He continued to create other figures for Santa's Wonderland at the northern park and Gillham Park, as well as other figures and more conservative work for the Parks Department, such as repairs to columns.

While unofficially known as "Penguin Park" for years, the corner of Lakewood Greenway was officially renamed Penguin Park in December 1998.

Anita B. Gorman Park

Location:

Anita B. Gorman Park is located at the intersection of North Holmes Street and North East Vivion Road in Kansas City North in Clay County.

Amenities:

Baseball diamond (1), tennis courts (2) and a one mile asphalt/concrete exercise trail.

Ornamental Structures:

The Northland Fountain was placed at the intersection of North Oak Trafficway and NE Vivion Road in 1983. It is very popular and because of special plumbing it is left on during the winter months so the water sprays create sculptures of ice. Money was raised by local Northland residents and businesses to purchase and place the fountain. Two leaders of that effort were Mrs. Gorman and Charles Garney, a real estate developer north of the river.

The Clay County Veterans' Memorial honors Clay County veterans who served in the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the war in Iraq. Featured on the memorial is a sculpture entitled "Sovereign Wings" created by Sandy Scott, a world renowned sculptor who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute.

History:

The Kansas City, Mo. Parks Department purchased a large piece of property at this intersection in 1957 as part of an initiative to begin a park and boulevard system in Kansas City North. An additional portion of the park is at North Oak Trafficway and North East Vivion Road, acquired in 1979-1980. Additional property was later added, which enlarged the park to the almost 46 acres it is today. Originally called Northgate Park, it was renamed "Anita B. Gorman Park" in 1991.

Anita Belle McPike was born in Palmyra, Missouri. Her family moved to Clay County, Missouri when she was 11 years old. At 17 years of age, she was city-wide president of Y-Teen, a group associated with the YWCA. She graduated from William Jewell College and earned a master's degree from Boston University. She married Gerald Gorman in 1954.

She devoted her life to civic and community improvements. Among her many accomplishments are as follows:

She worked to stop the destruction of the Hopewell Indian archaeological site at Line Creek in 1964.

She was on the Citizens Association of Kansas City's board of governors and was elected its first woman chairman in 1977.

She worked for the establishment of the Kansas City International Airport and was on the commission for its dedication in 1972.

She has served on many civic boards and committees, including the Salvation Army, City Union Mission, Starlight Theatre, the Convention and Visitors' Bureau and the Liberty Memorial.

She was the first woman appointed to the Kansas City, Mo. Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners, serving from 1979 until 1991 and was its president from 1986 until 1991.

The Missouri Department of Conservation named its conservation center in Kansas City the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in 2005 due to her efforts and support in raising money for the Center as Conservation Commission Chairman and to honor her support of conservation programs.

Hodge Park

Location

7000 Northeast Barry Road

Amenities

Shoal Creek Golf Course, Robert H. Hodge Golf Course, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, a large amphitheater, eight ball diamonds reserved by permit, football field, four lakes, one reservable shelter.

Shoal Creek Golf Course

Shoal Creek Golf Course, which opened in the fall of 2001, has become one of the most talked about daily-fee golf and banquet facilities in the Kansas City area. This 6,950 yard par 71 golf property was sculpted by golf course architect Steve Wolfard and offers a truly unique golfing experience for players of varying skill levels. This extraordinary design features breathtaking elevation changes and expansive landing areas that meander through some of the most picturesque terrain in the Northland.

Robert H. Hodge Golf Course

A popular Northland course, Hodge Park Golf Course is located in a very scenic setting with heavily wooded, rolling terrain. The golf course is a par 71 and measures 6,223 yards. Its three lakes and one creek make seven of the holes on the course hazardous. Ten of the holes have some degree of "dogleg," which puts a premium on a golfer's accuracy and skill. The golf course is surrounded by rolling prairies and native buffalo grass. The natural habitat of this golf course is home to a variety of wildlife.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Shoal Creek Living History Museum is a village of more than 20 authentic 19th century buildings. The buildings date from 1807-1885 and include log cabins, clapboard structures and an antebellum brick mansion home. Covering more than 80 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Kansas City North's Hodge Park, the museum dedicates itself to bringing 19th century Missouri to life through special events, programs, tours and re-enactments.

History

With more than 1,000 acres, Hodge Park is the second largest park in Kansas City and is named for Dr. Robert Hodge, an internal medicine physician. Born in 1920, Dr. Hodge lived for many years north of the river on his family farm, which had been homesteaded by his great-great grandfather in 1833. Dr. Hodge served on the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners (1963-1975, Board President 1971-1975).

Property acquisition for a park north of the river in Clay County, Mo. near Shoal Creek began in 1965, with more property acquired at later times. The park was first called "Shoal Creek Park" until Dr. Hodge retired from the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners in 1975, at which time the park was named in his honor.

The Shoal Creek Living History Museum was developed in 1976 as "Heritage Village" and dedicated in 1977. The name was changed to "Shoal Creek, Missouri" in 1988 to honor the historic connection with Shoal Creek and in 2000 it became the "Shoal Creek Living History Museum".

The Springs Aquatic Center

The Springs is an exciting aquatic facility that the whole family will enjoy. This state of the art water park has two water slides, a lazy river with a vortex, two splash playgrounds, a zero depth entry pool with play features and an olympic sized 50 meter competitive pool.

The Springs offers a variety of programs including public swim hours, birthday parties and aqua fitness classes.

http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/ParksandRecreation...

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      Trulee Ann 6 years ago from Arkansas City, Kansas

      Good lens creation!

      Of course I have been in the Northland area many times as a Kansas resident.

      Thank you! Blessings......Annlee

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      AQuintinSmith 6 years ago from Paradise on Earth

      @lasertek lm: Your wish is my command. I have added a few pictures. I will add more in the near future.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I would like to see more pictures of Northland Kansas.

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      AQuintinSmith 6 years ago from Paradise on Earth

      @mbgphoto: Thanks

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This is a good overview of the Northland. I lived there for a couple of years in the 90's..now I'm back in St. Louis but I have fond memories of Kansas City. My son lives in Liberty so I get to visit often. Good lens...blessed.