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Monthly Event Hosted at Berkley Riverfront Park

August 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


A long standing member and contributor of yummy food at our BBQs, Bonnie Baker wrote a review of our big event and with her permission, we are sharing it with you here.

On Wednesday, August 24th, the Urban Core Group had their annual BBQ picnic at the Berkley Riverfront Park area with 40+ members and guest attending this event. We had the perfect weather at 88 degrees with low humidity.
During the event, we had a special guest, Richard L. Berkley who served as the 50th mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1979 to 1991 along with his lovely wife Sandy. The city of Kansas City, Missouri named Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park in his honor for extraordinary history of services to the city and people.
Troy Paul was one of our speakers during this event. Mr. Paul is the owner of Next Generation Construction and partner of SBF Containers. He has been focusing in rehabbing multifamily complexes in the Kansas City area. Mr. Paul and his team have been building the next generation of apartment complexes (48 units) out of shipping containers. He was our host during the March 23rd 2022 Urban Core Meeting at Summit Studios at 2950 Summit. This night he shared some exciting news that the project will be completed and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be in November this year.
The Berkley Riverfront Park area is controlled by the KC Port Authority. We had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Port Authority CEO, Jon Stephens about the history of this stretch of the Riverfront as well as all the development plans in the works. One of the exciting news is the Kansas City’s Professional Women’s Soccer Team will have it’s own stadium and it is expected to open 2024 or sooner. The new stadium will be built in the Berkley Riverfront area nested near the base of the Bond Bridge. Another piece of exciting news during the first quarter of next year, there will be a new bike pedestrian bridge connector to the River Market. I’m only mentioning a few new things that Mr. Stephens discuss with our group but there is so much more.
Mr. Stephens believes we’re on the path to do something special in Kansas City and building a future here that we can all be proud of leaving behind.  Stay tune for the next Urban Core Group event.
Many thanks to our Sponsors:
Next Generation Construction
Grade-A Tree Care
Advance Interiors
Sirna Bros Hauling
Ben Skalitzky
Host: Port KC
Corporate Members:
Cramer Capital Management
MR Capital Advisors


Original Event Notification

The year is 1806. It’s September and the Louis and Clark expedition is making it’s way back to St Louis after an epic two year journey up the Missouri River to find the “Northwest Passage” to the Pacific Northwest. The expedition stopped at what is today the base of the bluffs below the River Market. The river was much different then with no constructed channel so it’s difficult to know just where they put ashore. But from their the description in Clark’s journals, it was along that stretch of the river that later became Berkley Park as the land was easy to climb. It’s noted that Lewis shot an elk there which fed them for several days.  It’s interesting that Clark made a footnote that this area would make a great place to establish a settlement with plenty of fresh water and plenty of gently sloping land for cultivation. What a visionary!

The park area is the result of construction materials being dumped into river to create more developable city land.  For years, it was the site of a sand and gravel company that dredged river sand as a component for cement.  In 1998, about 100 acres was set aside to create what is today Berkley Riverfront Park. The area is controlled by KC Port Authority.  August’s Urban Core gathering will be at this historic park. We hope you will set aside the time to spend an evening with us.  Hopefully, you will feel the vibes that William Clark and Meriwether Lewis felt as they set foot on what us today Kansas City/Berkley Park.

The Berkley Riverfront Park area is controlled by the KC Port Authority. ( )  We will hear from Port Authority CEO, Jon Stephens, about the history of this stretch of riverfront as well as all the development plans in the works.

Parking and Location Map Below

Annual BBQ!

Salad, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad,
Baked Beans, Pinwheels,
Brownies, Chocolate Cake


August 24
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Urban Core Group


Berkley Riverfront Park
1298 River Front Dr
Kansas City, MO 64120 United States
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