Walking Tour: The Concourse at Benton and Gladstone Boulevards
This summer HKC is again offering walking tours on the third Saturday of each month! These tours will offer an in depth look at parts of three parks in the Kansas City Parks & Boulevards System. Tours begin at 10am and last about 1.5 hours.
Kessler Park is the northern anchor of the system and was one of the earliest acquisitions of land for the system. Two of the earliest boulevards from 1896, Gladstone and Benton, intersect at the edge of the park just south of the Kansas City Museum. The Concourse Park dates from 1896 and originally featured a casting and sailing pool. Across the street is the magnificent Colonnade of 1906 in the Beaux Arts style with recently restored steps leading down to Cliff Drive in Kessler Park. The tour begins at the corner of Gladstone Boulevard and Walrond Ave across the street from the Kansas City Museum. Park on Walrond on the west side of the museum or on Gladstone. If you want to extend your stay in the Northeast after the walking tour, bring your bicycle for a ride along Cliff Drive through Kessler Park. The drive is closed to vehicles and is only open for bicycles or pedestrians on weekends.