Frank White, Jr. plans on arranging at least one more trip this year — just in time for the holidays — that will bring kids from the city to the parks in eastern Jackson County. "These kids are just going to be a little older," the County Executive said. "We're going to be taking a group of senior citizens from urban Kansas City out to Christmas In The Park."
Featuring more than 300,000 lights, including 175-plus animated displays, strung throughout the Longview Lake campgrounds, Christmas In The Park is one of the region's most popular — and colorful — yuletide attractions. It'll brightening the holidays late this year Nov. 23 through New Years Eve.
During his State of the County Address in February, White announced his intent to use the county's extensive parks system as a unifying force between urban, suburban and rural Jackson County. This summer Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) teamed up to arrange days at the beach for three different youth groups from urban KC neighborhoods. The KCATA provided buses; the county gave the groups free admission to Longview Lake Beach.