Chris Harris remembers growing up in the Ivanhoe neighborhood on Kansas City's East Side. He remembers having to play street basketball — literally in the street — on a hoop attached to a pole. So 10 years ago, he decided to turn the area around 40th Street and Wayne into a park. He acquired the property across the street from his childhood home, tore down the ruins of abandoned houses — just skeletons, really, thanks to the early 1990s infestation of drugs and violence — and solicited funds to put in a sand volleyball court, a playground, a basketball court with glass backboards, a walking trail, and a putt-putt golf course. Ten years later, the park is still standing, with adult hoops leagues, moms power-walking around the track, and kids racing around the playground. The city wants to clone the park, but it'll have trouble engineering what's at the heart of it: Harris' do-it-your-damn-self attitude.