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July 30, 3019 There’s an amazing park hidden on a downtown KC parking garage — here’s how to get there by Madison Russell in Kansas City Magazine; January 16, 2009 Kansas City Power & Light District Unveils News Rooftop Park Opening Spring 2009 Press Release by The Cordish Companies.
Home to more than 50 bars, restaurants and shops, the Kansas City Power & Light District is a unique eight-block entertainment hub at the heart of Kansas City’s $10 billion renaissance.
The Kansas City Power & Light District’s 284,796 SF parking garage is situated in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Shade trees, park benches, potted plants and two grassy lawns cover the rooftop park.
Tucked away on top of the parking garage next to Cosentino’s Market at 1220 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO, the green roofing system has a standard irrigation system.
When designing the District, the City and developer The Cordish Company saw the value of including green space into the development plans.
“In addition to being a vibrant and beautiful green space, the park is just another example how the District is designed for a sustainable future for our downtown. Other eco-friendly features in the District include and iconic wind-powered clock tower, extensive bike parking and the use of low water landscaping.” ~ Jon Stephens, president of the Kansas City Power & Light District, 2009 Press Release
One half of the roof is a sedum field with a variety of sedum plants. The growing media on the grassy side is 8-10″ deep. The surrounding berms contain a depth of 30″, and walkways consist of a crunched granite.