The Southtown Council Environment and Public Works Committee selected the Tulips on Troost Avenue Project for the April Sparkle Award. Thanks to the creativity and vision of Durwin Rice, the Tulips on Troost Avenue Project is transforming the community!
Throughout this 25th anniversary year, we will travel down memory lane to remind ourselves of the many people, events and accomplishments that have made Southtown such a great place to live and work. This is the second edition and covers the years from 1988 through 1993:
Mark your calendars and plan to attend Southtown’s Annual Beautification Dinner, Everything’s coming up Tulips,” on Tuesday, May 22, 6-9pm at Benjamin Ranch.
Tower After Hours at Liberty Memorial offers the chance to experience Kansas City’s skyline at night. This unique event began April 6, and continues on the “First Friday” of every month through September. From 7 to 10 p.m. guests can ride the elevator to the apex of the 217-foot Memorial Tower and take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of the Kansas City skyline.
The Tulips on Troost Project, initiated in 2006 by UMKC graduate and Troost business owner Durwin Rice, is a success! Over 50,000 tulips have been planted up and down Troost Avenue. Many organizations and individuals throughout the metropolitan area have and are participating in this project. Southtown selected one special group for the month of March that really sparkled this past fall- the UMKC Arts and Sciences Alumni Association Board. Established in 1991, the board consists of 17 active members headed by President Leo Hirner. Members Jennifer Wilding and Vicki Walker chaired this particular event. Karen Vorst, Dean of the College and Karen Beal, Director of Alumni Relations coordinated the project.
Although the Annual After Hours Business Exchange was rescheduled, over 300 people participated!