Kaw River Bike & Pedestrian Connector Bridge
The public is invited to review three design/use scenarios outlining the future possibilities of the Kaw River Pedestrian and Bike Connector Bridge next Wednesday, August 30 at 5:30 PM in the Wagstaff Theatre at the American Royal. The consultant team is exploring three scenarios that range from a simple path to an amenity-rich experience on the bridge. Each scenario is based on architectural, site, and engineering analysis, as well as potential economic impact on both cities. The team’s work considers levels of required public/private investment, longevity, community benefit, and the potential to activate the bridge as a landmark destination. Many consider the reuse of the Kaw River Bridge as a pivotal step towards reconnecting both Kansas Cities with an active waterfront. Mid-America Regional Council, the project’s sponsor, and the client Cities of KCMO and KCK recognize this project’s potential health and recreational benefits. The bridge could be an opportunity to increase recreational access to the river. It could also play an invigorating role for activating green space in the west bottoms and providing biking and walking connections between KCMO, KCK and the growing regional trail network.
The meeting will begin promptly with a presentation at 5:30 PM followed by a facilitated Q&A and opportunity for informal feedback.