Rendering alert. Remember the South Loop Project? Well, after months of collecting community feedback and technical work, the team behind the project officially unveiled the latest park concept.
Before we dive into the design , let’s give a quick refresher on the $200 million South Loop Project details.
Refresh your mind
- It’s a sustainable urban park over I-670.
- The collaborative effort is led by City of KCMO, Port KC, and the Downtown Council.
- The destination will include features like accessible play spaces, public entertainment forums, and multimodal transportation options.
Dive into the design
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, a new design for the South Loop Project was unveiled at its third public meeting.
The South Loop spans ~five acres in Kansas City’s downtown area. As seen above, the development would help connect the community and create a more walkable experience for residents and visitors alike. The project is inspired by nature, using references and inspiration from Missouri’s parks + wildlife.
Project leaders created this community-oriented vision using community input. Kansas Citians weighed in on the project via surveys earlier this year, identifying their deepest desires. Categories with the highest votes included the need for a community front yard for downtown, a refuge in the city, and a place for cultural + civic events.
Project elements that will encapsulate those needs include:
- Refuge (Wyandotte Street to Baltimore Avenue)
- Children and family (Baltimore Avenue to Main Street)
- Community (Closest to T-Mobile Center)
Each section will have its own amenities and purposes. For example, the “children and family” block will include a playground, while the “community” block will feature a food hall and pavilion for entertainment.
A start date for the South Loop Project is still TBD — but leaders are planning for a 2026 completion date, just in time for the World Cup.