New recipes

Healthier Concessions in Kansas City

Healthier Concessions in Kansas City


Theater in the Park now offers calorie counts as well as healthier options

Theater in the Park is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country.

Guests attending Theater in the Park in Kansas City now have healthier options available at the concession stand, KMBC reports. In addition to the standard concession treats (popcorn, hot dogs, and nachos) the menu shows calorie counts.

Additions to the menu include a turkey or roast beef sandwich on multi-grain bread, a jalapeno chicken wrap, and a cheese, lettuce, and tomato wrap for vegetarians.

The change in menu is thanks to the Johnson County Parks and Recreation and the Johnson County Health and Environment Department. The organizations are working to include healthier options at local events for guests.

Hopefully the change in concessions will be beneficial for the theater in the Park Program, which is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country. Each summer the theater presents musicals and hosts special events.

The theater began the season last weekend with “Children of Eden.” For ticket information, visit the theater’s website.


Healthier Concessions in Kansas City - Recipes

Features the Single, Double, or Triple patty burger, French Fries, and Shakes

Brisket-Acho

Chopped brisket, BBQ baked beans, cheesy corn, cole slaw, and BBQ sauce all over a bed of corn tortilla chips.

Rookie Sandwich

A KC Classic! Smoked chopped brisket or pulled pork smothered in BBQ sauce and served on a hamburger bun with pickles.

Chickie & Pete's

Located at Section 216 - serves Bonless Buffalo Wings, Cheesesteaks, and Crab Fries with Cheese

Cheese Steak

Grinders Shaved Ribeye, Grilled Peppers & Onions, Mushrooms, and Cheez Whiz on an Amoroso Roll served with House-Fried Chips. Served at Rivals. Don&apost have a Rivals ticket? Order To-GO from the Bar!

Tacos

Available at KC Cantina sections 225 and 427. Street Taco Trio available at Rivals - order To-Go from the Bar!

Tender Love & Chicken

New to The K this season! Find Gourmet Chicken Tenders and Chicken Sandwiches and Rach Dusted French Fries with a variety of Dipping Sauces in Left Field by Section 206!

Belfonte Ice Cream

Belfonte Ice Cream Sundaes and Milkshakes available at the Belfonte Ice Cream Shop located behind Crown Vision in the Outfield Experience. Belfonte Ice Cream Pints available in select flavors through concessions stands and restaurants in the stadium.

Spiked Seltzers

New destinations at The K! Check out the Vizzy stand behind Crown Vision in the Outfield Experience featuring a variety of Vizzy Hard Seltzer flavors! ALSO in the Outfield Experience at section 252 is the new Quirk Bar featuring a selection of Boulevard Brewing’s Spiked & Sparkling Seltzers! Quirk and Vizzy will also be available at various bars and portables throughout the stadium.

Restaurants

Craft & Draft

Bar Snacks

  • Mediterranean Plate for Two: Red Pepper Whipped Feta, Roasted Garlic Hummus and Marinated Olives served with Toasted Pita
  • Nashville Hot Chicken Wings: Cayenne Pepper Sauce, Maple Bourbon Drizzle served with Bleu Cheese and Celery
  • Pepperoni Pizza Rolls: Six Hand-Rolled Pizza Rolls served with Marinara and Buttermilk Ranch
  • Fried Pickles: Golden-Brown Pickle Spears served with Chipotle Aioli
  • Street Fries: Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper or Parmesan Garlic served with choice of Chipotle Ketchup or Honey Truffle Aioli

Crafted Plates

  • Muffaletta Sandwich: Genoa Salami, Mortadella, Capicola, Provolone Cheese, Olive Tapenade, Cajun Remoulade, Toasted Ciabatta Bread served with a Pickle & Seasoned Fries
  • Craft Crab Cakes: Served with Corn & Edamame Succotash, Fingerling Potatoes and Lemon Rouille Aioli
  • Southwest Caesar Salad: Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Corn & Black Bean Salsa, Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese, BBQ Caesar Dressing, Crispy Tortilla Strips *Add BBQ Grilled Shrimp
  • Street Taco Trio: Served with Grilled Lime, Charred Jalapeno and Tortilla Chips. Comes with one each of the following *no substitutions*
    • Drunken Barbacoa Beef with Avocado Chimichurri, Queso Fresco, Fresh Cilantro, and Chipotle Lime Crema
    • Chipotle Chicken with Pico de Gallo, Queso Fresco, Fresh Cilantro, and Cilantro Lime Crema
    • Grilled Cod with Mango Avocado Salsa, Pico de Gallo, Queso Fresco, and Cilantro Lime Crema

    Custom Crust Pizza

    • Cheese | Pepperoni | BBQ Pulled Pork | Veggie Supreme*Cauliflower Pizza Crust Available Upon Request*

    Always Royal Favorites

    • Hand Battered Chicken Tenders: Plain or Buffalo served with choice of Honey Mustard, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ, Buttermilk Ranch, or Bleu Cheese and Seasoned Fries
    • Diamond Club Burger: Custom Blend Burger, Aged Cheddar, Apple Wood Bacon, Vine Ripe Tomato, Leaf Lettuce, Glazed Bun served with a Pickle and Seasoned Fries *Plant-Based Burger Available Upon Request*
    • Stadium Dog: All-Beef Frank, Spicy Brown Mustard, Stout Beer Kraut, Butter-Grilled Roll served with Seasoned Fries
    • Cheddar Brat: Fried Shallot, Spicy Brown Mustard, Butter Grilled Bun served Seasoned Fries *Plant-Based Brat Available Upon Request*
    • Bavarian Pretzel & Cheese
    • Tortilla Chips & Nacho Cheese
    • Peanuts
    • Popcorn

    Sweet Treats

    • Belfonte Ice Cream Pint: Vanilla | Cookies & Cream
    • Cinnamon Sugar Churro Bites: served with a cup of Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate
    • Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes: Chocolate and Vanilla Drizzle
    • KC Baking Company Brownie Milkshake: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Maraschino Cherry

    Rivals

    Starters

    • Mediterranean Plate for Two: Red Pepper Whipped Feta, Roasted Garlic Hummus and Marinated Olives served with Toasted Pita
    • Nashville Hot Chicken Wings: Cayenne Pepper Sauce, Maple Bourbon Drizzle served with Bleu Cheese and Celery
    • Pepperoni Pizza Rolls: Six Hand-Rolled Pizza Rolls served with Marinara and Buttermilk Ranch
    • Fried Pickles: Golden-Brown Pickle Spears served with Chipotle Aioli
    • Street Fries: Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper or Parmesan Garlic served with choice of Chipotle Ketchup or Honey Truffle Aioli
    • Grinders Cheesesteak: Shaved Ribeye, Grilled Peppers & Onions, Mushrooms, Cheez Wiz, Amoroso Roll served with House-Fried Chips
    • Craft Crab Cakes: Served with Corn & Edamame Succotash, Fingerling Potatoes and Lemon Rouille Aioli
    • Southwest Caesar Salad: Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Corn & Black Bean Salsa, Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese, BBQ Caesar Dressing, Crispy Tortilla Strips *Add BBQ Grilled Shrimp
    • Street Taco Trio: Served with Grilled Lime, Charred Jalapeno and Tortilla Chips. Comes with one each of the following *no substitutions*
      • Drunken Barbacoa Beef with Avocado Chimichurri, Queso Fresco, Fresh Cilantro, and Chipotle Lime Crema
      • Chipotle Chicken with Pico de Gallo, Queso Fresco, Fresh Cilantro, and Cilantro Lime Crema
      • Grilled Cod with Mango Avocado Salsa, Pico de Gallo, Queso Fresco, and Cilantro Lime Crema

      Closers

      • Belfonte Ice Cream Pint: Vanilla | Cookies & Cream
      • Cinnamon Sugar Churro Bites: served with a cup of Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate
      • Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes: Chocolate and Vanilla Drizzle
      • KC Baking Company Brownie Milkshake: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Maraschino Cherry

      Social Spaces

      The social spaces below are available to reserve for private groups by visiting royals.com/groups. In the event these social spaces are not reserved for a private party, fans can utilize them as gathering spots to enjoy with their friends or family.

      Miller Lite Fountain Bar Deck

      The Miller Lite Fountain Bar Deck in left-center field features a covered space with patio-style seating and high-top tables, and high definition TVs. Plus, you are directly adjacent to the new Miller Lite Bar and the iconic Kauffman Stadium fountains, so you&aposre right in the heart of all the action! The Miller Lite Fountain Bar Deck provides a fantastic social setting for your friends, family, co-workers, or special event!

      Price Chopper Patio

      The Price Chopper Patio offers a unique view of the game from just above the iconic Kauffman Stadium Fountains. You will enjoy the perks of a patio-style setting with high-top tables, and high definition TVs. The Price Chopper Patio provides a fantastic social setting for your friends, family, co-workers, or special event!

      The Blue Moon Taproom

      Treat yourself to The Blue Moon Taproom at Rivals Restaurant, which includes one of the most unique views of the game above Rivals Restaurant. The Blue Moon Taproom will provide Royals fans with an experience they won&apost soon forget with an open-air space and patio-style seating.

      Pepsi Party Porch

      The Pepsi Party Porch is the place to be this season. See all the action from this prime spot above the right field wall. You will enjoy panoramic views of the ballpark from this semi-private area furnished with bar chairs and drink rails.


      TEXAS RANGERS: BROOMSTICK

      This three-pound, two-foot, $26 potato bun-encased hot dog, was named after the bat used by Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. While the sentiment is sweet, the meal itself is a disgrace—and arguably a bit dangerous for anyone with high cholesterol. Topped with chili, nacho cheese, jalapeños, and caramelized onions (read: fat, salt, and a hint of spice), this giant dish is well over the 1,000 calorie-mark. For even more foods that should never pass your lips, check out these 20 Worst Breakfasts in America.


      SUBSCRIBE NOW Daily News

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The players aren’t the only ones who’ve been working hard ahead of Thursday’s Chiefs game. Concessions and local food joints with spots inside the stadium spent countless hours prepping and practicing for the big day.

      Todd Johns, founder and chief pitmaster at Plowboys BBQ, has got two locations inside Arrowhead Stadium.

      “You can’t have football in KC without some BBQ,” he said.

      Johns and his team are back inside the stadium, and fans will be able to chow down on Plowboys BBQ while watching the Super Bowl Champions in action.

      “A lot of really good thought has gone into this, and I wouldn’t have my staff out here if I didn’t think it was safe,” Johns said.

      He assures fans the taste stays the same, but the set up is different. They’ve gone from six cashiers down to three, and there’s more space between lines to allow for social distancing.

      As for paying for the food, Arrowhead Stadium has gone cashless.

      “Everything’s going to be either credit cards, debit cards or now you can pay by your phone,” Johns said. “We’re going to see a lot less contact, which will help keep everyone safer.”

      He and his staff also went through training required by the Chiefs to keep them and the limited number of fans inside safe.

      With only 22% capacity, Johns cut meat supply by half and only expects to sell a third of that.

      All in all, he said it’s a win to be serving fans at all.

      “We didn’t know if there were going to be fans out here at all,” Johns said. “So to be back out here for a fourth season and have our concessions open. We’re excited to be back. We’re excited to continue to be a part of the Chiefs fan experience, and so it feels like we’re a little part of the team.”

      Johns said they had a trial run during the pre-season ticket holder event, and it went well. Before the game, he said was hoping for the same outcome Thursday.


      Bugs, mold on menu at K.C. stadiums

      The food safety manager at Kansas City's Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums, home to the Royals and the Chiefs, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that poor food handling and dirty conditions have routinely been putting fans' health at risk -- including during the World Series. In addition, a city health department inspection completed Nov. 3 found dozens of critical health code violations at the facilities, according to documents obtained by "Outside the Lines."

      Among the concerns found at the stadiums by the manager: cockroaches in vending areas, mouse feces on the same tray as pizza dough, sinks where employees were supposed to wash their hands being blocked by boxes or trash, employees eating in food prep areas and trays of food headed for customers that measured at unsafe temperatures. The health department found several critical violations, including mold growth in ice machines, dirty pans and trays and excessive numbers of fruit flies.

      "When we lose control over hygienic practices and we also combine that with poor temperature control -- that could be a catastrophe," said Jon Costa, the district food safety manager for Aramark, which runs the concessions at both venues and has food and beverage contracts with 30 professional sports teams. "That is a recipe for foodborne illness. . It's very likely temperatures are abused every game. Every game."

      Expired pizza dough was served at Kauffman Stadium for Game 7 of the World Series, a food manager at the stadium told "Outside the Lines." Courtesy of Jon Costa

      Costa sent information about the food safety concerns to local media and ESPN last week, a step he said he took after months of trying to get Aramark senior management to address his concerns and reprimand employees who broke food handling and prep rules. He said he had no authority to reprimand employees, and he was powerless on site because the employees he would have been instructing did not report to him. After learning that Costa sent those details to the media, Aramark placed him on paid administrative leave last week for violating its media policy, Costa said.

      Marc Bruno, chief operating officer of Aramark Sports and Entertainment, said last week that Costa's photographs and descriptions were "just allegations at this point," and the company has addressed problems that Costa has raised throughout his 2½ years with the company.

      "It's completely contrary to everything that we have done in there," Bruno said. "Food safety is the top priority, No. 1 at Aramark and No. 1 in Kansas City and all our operations." He said both venues are routinely inspected by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department, which has awarded a number of concession stand food safety excellence awards at the stadiums in the past.

      Tod MacKenzie, senior vice president of communications and public affairs for Aramark, also wrote a detailed response to "Outside the Lines."

      "The unsubstantiated claims raised by a disgruntled employee are very troubling, as is his unknown motivation," MacKenzie said. "Especially disturbing is the fact that this individual is personally responsible and entrusted with managing food safety at the locations in question. .

      "The random collection of isolated and questionable photographs that the employee distributed represents selective snapshot 'moments-in-time' that without proper context can support any number of conclusions."

      The Royals issued a statement, saying: "We take great pride in promoting an atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium that Royals fans of all ages can enjoy. The excitement and energy running through the stadium was on full display during the World Series and our partners, including Aramark, play an important role in creating those memories. Food and beverage is integral to the fan experience and Aramark has been a valued partner in delivering those services to fans. We all take food service, safety and quality very seriously."

      The Chiefs also issued a statement: "We're continually looking for new ways to enhance the fan experience and, for the past four seasons, we have partnered with Aramark to transform and elevate our general concession areas. The food and beverage service and selections delivered by Aramark are important parts of the Arrowhead experience."

      A cook at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City used a garbage can as place to hold his ladle when it was not being used. Courtesy of Jon Costa

      In July 2010, "Outside the Lines" conducted a comprehensive review of food safety at all 107 venues for professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball in North America. In that report, 62 percent of Kauffman's vendors had critical violations, and at Arrowhead, it was 56 percent. Aramark began its contracts with Kauffman in 2007 and started one with Arrowhead, for general concessions only, in 2010. Costa said his position was created as a result of the "Outside the Lines" report.

      "Some of these practices are very habitual. And sometimes it's the same abuser," Costa said of the problems he witnessed.

      Costa sent photos of food prep problems to Aramark and Royals officials, via emails, prior to the World Series. "Outside the Lines" verified those emails.

      Costa also emailed his photos and complaint to the health department on Nov. 3, the day after the Chiefs played the Jets at Arrowhead, and the department sent inspectors within hours to examine concession stands at both venues. Even though there were no events at either facility that day and the stands were closed, inspectors found violations at 20 out of 26 stands, including 37 critical violations.

      Health department division manager Naser Jouhari said the results were "shocking." He said his inspectors told him that it looked like Aramark workers "just flipped the switch off, and they walked out without doing any cleaning or removing any of the food items."

      "The main concern is [inviting] all these insects and rodents to the concession stands so they [could] contaminate food service, food contact areas," he said.

      Although no events are scheduled at Kauffman until March, the Chiefs have their next game at Arrowhead on Sunday. Bruno said Aramark has addressed and corrected all issues from the Nov. 3 health department inspections and has brought in a third-party food safety auditor. On Monday, health department inspectors re-inspected the 20 stands that had violations and reported that all of them had been corrected. Had they not been, the department could have shut down the noncompliant concession stands, issued a fine or done both.

      "We've served 3 million or 4 million fans this summer in Kansas City at those two stadiums," Bruno said. "And the food is safe, the food is high quality, and there are really no issues."

      Costa's photos also included shots of moldy hot dog buns, which he said were discarded but had been a recurring problem. He provided a copy of an email from May 5, 2014, from a Royals fan who complained about mold on a hot dog bun that the fan's child was about to eat.

      Moldy hot dog buns at Kauffman Stadium that were thrown out and not served to fans in Kansas City. Courtesy of Jon Costa

      Costa said managers have not been promoting food safety, especially among the food prep workers who actually handle the ingredients, as evidenced by a scene he described from the final game of the World Series on Oct. 29. The concession stands were running low on pizza dough, and a prep worker told him that she was left with a tray of dough that had expired Oct. 25.

      "She says to me that she called our supplier and our supplier told her, 'Do not serve dough that is expired,'" Costa said. "However, our manager stepped in and said, 'You will sell the dough. You will sell the dough.'"

      "Outside the Lines" heard two other accounts of the dough incident that backed up Costa's description and indicated that pizzas made with expired dough were sold to customers.

      Even if the dough didn't pose a health hazard or sicken anyone, Costa said it set a bad precedent for workers.

      "I think it says that, 'Hey, we can sell any substandard food that we want,'" he said.

      Costa provided a copy of an email his supervisor in Kansas City sent Oct. 31 stating that the supervisor was concerned about the dough incident and that another manager that night did eventually instruct workers to stop selling the pizzas. When "Outside the Lines" asked Bruno about the incident last week, he said it was the first he'd heard of it.

      "I continue to have confidence in our policies and procedures that would prevent something like this from being served," he said. "I was at Game 7. I actually did have pizza that night, and you know, there were no issues that we're aware of anywhere."

      Health department inspection photographs

      The City of Kansas City Health Department sent inspectors to Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums on Nov. 3, the day it had been alerted to food safety concerns by Costa. Even though there were no events at either facility that day and the concession stands were closed, inspectors found violations at 20 out of 26 stands, including 37 critical violations. The photos below were taken on Nov. 3. The facilities passed a re-inspection this week.


      Coming Soon to a Theater Near You?

      A marquis that lists calories -- instead of show times -- may really give moviegoers An Education in healthy movie snacks, says Scott Kahan, MD, co-director of the George Washington University Weight Management Program in Washington, D.C

      “Now that would be eye-catching,” Kahan says. Unlike chain restaurants in certain areas of the country, movie theaters are not required to post calories. “If this were ever to be mandated, then they would have to reformulate their menus to include healthy options and avoid sticker shock," Kahan says.

      But until that happens, Kahan says your best bet is to bring your own treats to the movies. “You can pop a 100-calorie popcorn bag that is almost fat free and much lower in calories than what you can get in the theater,” Kahan says.

      Keep in mind that many movie theaters discourage bringing your own snacks, so check with the manager.

      If you don’t bring your own, avoid heaping on the free fixings. “It doesn’t take a whole lot to make popcorn taste pretty good,” Kahan says. “Get popcorn without butter, and while salt is good, a little less salt is also good."

      But what if you crave a little something sweet with your flicks?

      "Share M & M’s or another candy instead of getting your own and right off the bat you are consuming less calories,” Kahan says. Thirsty? "Get a diet soda or a water instead or regular soda."

      And never arrive hungry. “If you arrive at the movies on an empty stomach, it will be much harder to satisfy yourself, and you will eat a lot more,” Kahan says. “Having a meal or a healthy snack before can be helpful.”

      Continued


      Be Authentic. Be Appreciated. Be There.

      The Centerplate Stir team tapped local talent and created a one-of-a-kind Strategic Hospitality Design that Screams “Liverpool”.

      Edgar’s Cantina

      One of Seattle’s Best Bars and newest restaurants just happens to be in the Mariners’ outfield.

      A New Orleans Makeover

      Take a look to see what we did to jazz up the food offerings.

      Juma Ventures

      If you purchase a hot dog or soda from a young worker at a Centerplate venue, there’s a good chance.

      Blue Bear Farm

      A Mile High and Growing—the Blue Bear Farm at the Colorado Convention Center.

      Fan Food Favo(u)rites

      We quizzed the most passionate football fans in the UK and the US.

      NFL Suite Menu Highlights

      Craft cocktails, all-natural selections, grass-fed burgers, an upgraded wine list…

      United We Can

      United We Can is helping to achieve zero waste while changing lives in Vancouver, thanks to a unique partnership.


      Hey, Boo! KCRep is Hosting Six Haunted Night of Songs and Stories

      Brace yourselves! KCRep—one of the metro’s most iconic playhouses—just announced a new show that will debut towards the end of October. Naturally, it will be socially distanced and held outdoors, but Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC’s Cultural Crossroads promises to be a huge draw. This hybrid concert and ghost story performances will kick off the Rep’s abbreviated season with performances October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 on the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


      Ghost Light
      weaves together popular local storytellers and musicians who share frighteningly fun tales from KC’s cultural crossroads. Under the stars at the iconic Nelson-Atkins Museum, family and friends will be transported into the world of spirits, hauntings, and the great unknown. “Come ready to have your imagination transported by original songs and new versions of traditional ghost stories created just for this evening by some of KC’s most compelling storytellers and musicians,” says KCRep’s artistic director Stuart Carden. “This all-ages, outdoor music and storytelling experience is one of many safe and fun events we are planning to help uplift and connect KC friends and families during this unique time.”

      Jackson

      Some of the area’s storytellers include Jane Barnette, Maria Vasquez Boyd, and Nathan Louis Jackson. Musicians include the Doom Blues Duo, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, the lyrical folk musician Jessica Paige, Madisen Ward of the mother and son duo, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear featuring Mike Harte, and Indie-Americana songstress Sam Wells.


      Hunger Relief in Local Planning (2018)

      Local planning efforts can have a significant impact on the ability of residents facing hunger and food insecurity to access affordable, healthy food. Local planning efforts can also affect food access by addressing connections between land use, natural resources, transportation, housing, solid waste, parks and open space, economic development, and other areas of physical development in a community.


      City of KCMO News Releases

      LED streetlights can cut costs and will also improve public safety and quality of life in neighborhoods

      NEWS RELEASE

      KCMO residents will soon have higher quality street lighting at a lower cost. The City of Kansas City is seeking to replace nearly 90,000 streetlights with modern LED lights that will reduce energy and maintenance costs, lower the City’s energy use and carbon footprint, and improve public safety.

      “This is one of several strategic and innovative projects that we are implementing to address our COVID-related budget shortfall with both immediate and long-term savings to the city budget,” said City Manager Brian Platt. “Not only will we significantly reduce costs, we will also reduce the energy use of our streetlights by as much as 50% while providing better lighting in every neighborhood of the city.”

      Currently, it costs approximately $13 million a year to power and operate the city’s nearly 100,000 streetlights. The electricity costs approximately $7 million per year and maintenance costs are around $6 million per year. Standard streetlight bulbs need replacement approximately every four years, while LED bulbs last 10 years or more and use up to 50% less energy than standard bulbs.

      The Public Works Department has issued an Invitation to Bid, which asks companies to submit bids to work on the LED Streetlight Conversion Project. The project will convert existing streetlights to LEDs and look at different light color temperature options as well as control systems to dim and monitor light performance and operations.

      “This is an important first step to save our city much-needed budget dollars all while making our city more energy-efficient,” said First District Councilwoman Heather Hall.

      “Kansas City’s change to LED lights will significantly cut costs, allowing us to reallocate money taxpayer priorities like street and pothole repair and basic services,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. “This is another step in making our budget the most responsible in Kansas City’s history while maintaining our commitment to the people.

      "The change to LED lights also will cut down on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, making Kansas City greener, safer, and healthier—one small step toward a Green New Deal from local government.”

      Public Works previously installed approximately 1,500 new LED streetlights as a pilot program in several neighborhoods of KCMO: Barry Road, Linwood Boulevard, Bannister Road and Chouteau Trafficway, as well as in the Santa Fe and Sherwood neighborhoods. This project reduced energy costs by 46% and maintenance costs by 23%, saving $72,000 annually. It has also reduced our carbon footprint by 800 tons.

      The Citywide LED Streetlight Conversion project is expected to begin later this year and be completed within 36 months. The city will see immediate cost savings as soon as work begins.

      The proposed FY 2021-2022 Budget addresses a $70 million shortfall without staff layoffs or furloughs while maintaining essential city services and even investing additional resources in key areas such as the streetlight conversion project. Budget information is available at KCMO.gov/budget.

      To learn more about the bidding process, visit: KCMO.gov/bids.

      Media questions can be directed to Maggie Green, Public Works, Public Information Officer at 816-379-6562.