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New parks and rec signs
unveiled at Barry-Platte

Platte County officials unveiled the new look for Platte County Parks and Recreation signs July 30 at Barry-Platte Park in Kansas City North.

The signs, which proudly display the park's name and the Platte County Parks and Recreation Department's logo, will be a model for signs that will be located in new parks as they are acquired and developed under the county's park system master plan.

Also as part of the county's parks signage effort, those parks or projects that are awarded funds through the Platte County Parks and Recreation Outreach Grant Program will be designated with the new markers.

"These are more than just attractive welcoming signs for Barry-Platte Park, they represent the county's efforts to maintain and upgrade our entire parks system," Presiding Commissioner Betty Knight said.
Funding for the signs came from the Platte County parks and stormwater tax passed in August of 2000.

The signs are a durable composite mixture of aggregate and resins that will resist wear and tear and will reduce the county's maintenance costs. The signs were ordered through Fry and Associates, Inc., and were installed by Platte Valley Construction, LLC. One sign is located in the main park and the second sign is located in the "annex park."

"Platte County's name is now proudly displayed on this park. The county's role in maintaining the park and providing park land is now much more apparent," said 1st District Commissioner Michael Short.

Along with the new park signs, Barry-Platte Park also boasts new parking lots and landscaping improvements.

"If you glance around the park, it's easy to tell where the tax funds went to improve these facilities," 2nd District Commissioner Steve Wegner said. "This park is now a wonderful amenity for county residents."

The 18-acre park is located three blocks north of N.W. Barry Road on Old Stage Coach Road. It includes two shelters, three playground structures, swings, a ballfield with electrical power for pitching machines and two sand volleyball courts. There is also a mile-long walking path.

"Barry-Platte Park was the first in the county's parks system, so it's appropriate that our new signage program begins here," said Brian Nowotny, Platte County Parks and Recreation Director. "These signs are going to become more and more familiar to county residents as the county expands its parks system.