7101 Longview Road, 816-965-9218
Until this past summer, the residents of Hickman Mills would've agreed that their southeast KC neighborhood really wanted for something — something big, awesome and fun. Their patience paid off. The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department completed Phase 3 of the Longview Tract Park Master Plan and opened the Bay, a $7.5 million aquatic facility complete with two tube slides, a swirl bowl slide and a lazy river with waves. The public water facility is the first in the area since the YMCA closed a decade ago. Landscaped, privately staffed and clean, the Bay is a sparkling aqua gem that we hope spawns much-needed further development along Blue Ridge Boulevard.