A Kansas City, Missouri, parks board report from 1907 states that Roanoke Park "should be held as a bit of wilderness, which is now its charm, and which would be entirely lost if attempts were made to finely finish any part of this valley." Lying in a wooded ravine, the park has escaped the grasp of those who would finely finish things. If anything, the park has suffered from neglect. A master plan presented to the parks board earlier this year notes that the park is heavily "amended" with broken glass. Midtown detritus is a problem, but it's at least easier to remove than bush honeysuckle, an invasive plant that obscured Roanoke Park's rugged cliffs and other natural features. Residents who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the park decided that they'd had enough and began meeting on Saturday mornings to cut out the hated plant. The bush whacking led to a larger discussion about how the park could be improved, culminating with the master plan, which the parks board adopted. New paths and benches will arrive in phases. But already, the park, in its less overgrown state, is uniting the community. "It feels like a gathering place rather than a dividing place," says Curt Watkins, one of the volunteer honeysuckle eradicators.