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Berkley Riverfront offers the unique opportunity to experience the river that defines our city. With picnic tables, scenic landscapes, a two mile trail and period lighting, the park offers a natural oasis just north of downtown Kansas City. The park also has parking, bike lockers and racks, and a nearby B-cycle rental station located at 3rd and Grand Blvd.
Sand Volleyball Courts
Berkley Riverfront has 6 lighted sand volleyball courts on the eastern edge of the park near the Kit Bond Bridge. Port KC teamed up with KC Crew to build the courts to meet demand for more recreational space near downtown Kansas City. The courts are available to the public and for special events when not reserved or in use by leagues.
With the skyline to the south and the Missouri River to the north, enjoy free Riverfront Fitness classes as the sun begins to set at Berkley Riverfront. Riverfront Fitness meets most Wednesdays throughout the summer at 6 p.m. and hosts rotating classes with certified fitness trainers. The rotation is as follows: yoga, team fitness, boot camp and family game night. Please visit the events page and the <a href = "https://www.facebook.com/RiverfrontFitnessKC/" target="_blank"Riverfront Fitness KC Facebook page for more information.
This wetland restoration project is composed of native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflower re-vegetation. Well water from a local aquifer provides some of the water supply for the wetlands. Walkways, benches and interpretive displays invite people in to learn about these important native plants.
The ecosystem includes 0.2 acres of emergent wetlands, 1.3 acres of bottomland hardwood trees and shrubs, 3 acres of native grasslands and forbs, plus preservation of 0.2 acres of existing trees.
Riverfront Heritage Trail
The Riverfront Heritage Trail is a 15 mile bicycle and pedestrian path the stretches throughout the urban core of Kansas City. Art installations along the trail highlight the unique history of each site. In the portion at Berkley Riverfront, visitors can view the Missouri River, look out over an urban archaeological park at the original Town of Kansas river settlement, and meander through a Wetlands Restoration area.
Town of Kansas Bridge
The Town of Kansas Pedestrian Bridge provides a bicycle and pedestrian link between the north end of Main Street and the original birthplace of the city on the banks of the Missouri River. Spanning the Town of Kansas archaeological site, two railroads, and the Missouri River floodwall, the bridge connects the surrounding community and the river.
The BNSF’s ASB Bridge created a barrier to the bi-state Riverfront Heritage Trail system with segments of the trail on both sides of the bridge. BNIM and Taliaferro & Browne developed plans to skirt the bridge by building a flood-proof concrete bicycle/pedestrian trail under the bridge on the “wet-side” of the Missouri River levee.
Previously the site of the Missouri Pacific Produce Terminal Administration building, six kiosks made of the building’s foundation are located at the site. The design of the kiosks emulate the ASB Bridge’s counterweights. Each kiosk contains an informational panel which describe the history and significance of the bridge and the administration building.