Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Commissions

Park Commission

In 1995, a seven-member volunteer committee was created by the City Council to promote park and recreation activities, facilities, and fund raising efforts within the community. The group also serves as the oversight committee for improvements made through park sales tax efforts. The commission meets regularly on the last Thursday of each month to discuss park-related issues and developments. The public is welcome to attend. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Administration office at (816) 325-7210. If you would like to be considered for commission membership, please call the City Council office at (816) 325-7022.


The Parks and Recreation Department frequently works with community volunteer groups and organizations in an effort to improve our various park sites. Work projects are generally determined on an individual basis in order to fully meet the needs of each volunteering group and the park to be adopted. If your club or organization is interested in putting a little sweat equity in one of your Independence parks, please contact the Parks and Recreation Administration office at (816) 325-7210.

Tree Commission

A five-member advisory group explores tree-related issues in the Independence community. This commission investigates any concerns related to those trees in public areas and rights-of-way, promote the City's annual Arbor Day event and assist in developing workshops and other public education efforts. Thanks in large part to the efforts of this group, the City has annually received the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA Award since 2000. If you would like additional information, please call the Parks and Recreation Administration office at (816) 325-7210. To become a commission member, please contact the City Council office at (816) 325-7022.

Sports Commission

The Parks and Recreation Departmental is pleased to work with interested volunteers to address youth and adult athletic issues within the community. This group meets on a quarterly basis, with representation from staff and each of the athletic leagues that utilize City fields and facilities, to discuss issues of common importance. For more information or consideration for membership, please contact the Truman Memorial Building at (816) 325-7843, or the appropriate athletic association.