Community members in the Dunbar neighborhood gathered at Dunbar Park Sat., Sept. 18 for the first of a series of Harvest/fall events in the neighborhood.

The nonprofit Heart of the City Neighborhood Association that covers the Leeds-Dunbar Neighborhoods,  hosted the event in partnership with Kansas City Parks and Recreation and the University of Missouri Kansas City Center for Neighborhoods.

The Dunbar neighborhood is located next to the Blue River and covers Dunbar Park and the Yvonne Starks Wilson Park. At the event, the city offered COVID-19 vaccinations, hygiene kits and other community resources.

The Center for Neighborhoods and the Urban Planning and Design department at UMKC also had an interactive map for community members to share where their favorite places in the Dunbar neighborhood are and what the neighborhood needs to improve. Many community members indicated they wanted more lighting around the parks and on sidewalks. Some wanted more trails.

If you missed last week’s event, it will repeat Sat., Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dunbar Park on 36th and Oakley Avenue.

The harvest events also include a free live music event featuring Joshua Nelson who will perform a tribute to Mahalia Jackson at the Jamison Memorial Temple at 3115 Linwood Blvd on Sun., Oct. 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Jazzlyn "Jazzie” is the former senior reporter for our team, who joined the company in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, through the Report for America service program. For the past two years, she covered...

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